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2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Closes With Smile Happy Still Single-Entry Favorite
Smile Happy (Credit: Coady Photography)

2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Closes With Smile Happy Still Single-Entry Favorite

Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which ran January 21-23, closed with Smile Happy as the 8/1 single-entry favorite after similarly ending Pool 1 on top. The option “All Other 3-Year-Olds” remains the popular choice overall at 9/5.

The results of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 field (with trainer, morning line, and final odds):

1Chasing TimeSteve Asmussen20/117/1
2Classic CausewayBrian Lynch30/151/1
3CommandperformanceTodd Pletcher50/141/1
4CourvoisierKelly Breen30/139/1
5Dash AttackKen McPeek20/134/1
6EmmanuelTodd Pletcher50/117/1
7EpicenterSteve Asmussen15/124/1
8Giant GameDale Romans30/128/1
9High OakBill Mott50/138/1
10Jack ChristopherChad Brown10/114/1
11Major GeneralTodd Pletcher50/141/1
12Make It BigSaffie Joseph Jr.50/185/1
13Mo DonegalTodd Pletcher12/123/1
14PappacapMark Casse20/124/1
15Rattle N RollKenny McPeek30/120/1
16SimplificationAntonio Sano30/143/1
17Slow Down AndyDoug O'Neill15/120/1
18Smile HappyKenny McPeek8/18/1
19Tiz the BombKenny McPeek20/110/1
20TrafalgarAl Stall Jr.50/177/1
21VarattiTodd Pletcher50/147/1
22White AbarrioSaffie Joseph Jr.50/1171/1
23ZandonChad Brown12/125/1
24All Other 3-Year-OldsN/A7/59/5
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The track press release:

With the Kentucky Derby still 15 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 9-5 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and Smile Happy was the 8-1 second choice.

The pari-mutuel field for the first pool of the New Year has closed as the bettors’ choice every year since the future wager was inaugurated in 1999.

Smile Happy, owned by Michael J. Mackin’s Lucky Seven Stable and trained by Kenny McPeek, was the 3 ¼-length winner of the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs in November.

Other horses who attracted interest from bettors: McPeek’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) runner-up Tiz the Bomb (10-1); Champagne (GI) winner Jack Christopher (14-1); first-level allowance winner Chasing Time (17-1); and debut maiden winner Emmanuel (17-1).

Horses in order of the public’s betting choice (with trainer, Pool 2 odds and $2 Win Will Pays): #24 “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (9-5, $5.80); #18 Smile Happy (McPeek, 8-1, $18); #19 Tiz the Bomb (McPeek, 10-1, $22.80); #10 Jack Christopher (Chad Brown, 14-1, $30); #1 Chasing Time (Steve Asmussen, 17-1, $36.40); #6 Emmanuel (Todd Pletcher, 17-1, $37.60); #15 Rattle N Roll (McPeek, 20-1, $42.60); #17 Slow Down Andy (Doug O’Neill, 20-1, $43); #13 Mo Donegal (Pletcher, 23-1, $48.20); #7 Epicenter (Asmussen, 24-1, $51.20); #14 Pappacap (Mark Casse, 24-1, $51.20); #23 Zandon (Brown, 25-1, $52); #8 Giant Game (Dale Romans, 28-1, $59); #5 Dash Attack (McPeek, 34-1, $70.80); #9 High Oak (Bill Mott, 38-1, $78.80); #4 Courvoisier (Kelly Breen, 39-1, $81.60); #11 Major General (Pletcher, 41-1, $84.40); #3 Commandperformance (Pletcher, 41-1, $85); #16 Simplification (Antonio Sano, 43-1, $89.60); #21 Varatti (Pletcher, 47-1, $97.40); #2 Classic Causeway (Brian Lynch, 51-1, $105.60); #20 Trafalgar (Al Stall Jr., 77-1, $156.60); #12 Make It Big (Saffie Joseph Jr., 85-1, $172.80); and #22 White Abarrio (Joseph, 171-1, $344.20).

Total handle for the Jan. 21-23 KDFW pool – the second of five scheduled wagering pools in advance of the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on Saturday, May 7 – was $361,209 ($273,712 in the Win pool and $87,497 in Exactas), up 12.2% from last year’s $322,035 ($240,768 in the Win pool and $81,267 in Exactas).

The other Future Wager dates are set Feb. 11-13 (Pool 3), March 11-13 (Pool 4) and March 31-April 2 (Pool 5). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 on March 11-13.

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