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Champion Forte Slated As Favorite When Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5 Opens Friday

Champion Forte Slated As Favorite When Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5 Opens Friday

On the heels of winning his 3-year-old debut in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade II), Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Forte was tabbed as the 4-1 overall morning line betting favorite in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is set for its three-day span Friday-Sunday.

Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will run concurrently with the lone pool of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. In addition to $2 Win and Exacta betting, an Oaks/Derby Future Double is part of the wagering menu. The wagers will open Friday at noon (all times Eastern) and the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will close Sunday at 6 p.m. while the Oaks Future Wager will close 30 minutes later at 6:30 p.m.

Through the first four pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Forte was tabbed as the individual favorite three times – Pool 2 (10-1); Pool 3 (7-1) and Pool 4 (8-1). In the first pool, Forte closed as the second individual choice at 16-1 behind Extra Anejo (12-1).

Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Forte made his return to the races Saturday and cruised to a 4 ½-length score in the Fountain of Youth. Previously, the talented son of Violence was victorious in the $300,000 Hopeful (GI), $600,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) and $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. His impressive resume earned the Eclipse Award for Champion 2-Year-Old.

Here is the complete field for Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (with trainer and morning line odds):

1Angel of EmpireBrad Cox30/138/1
2Arabian KnightTim Yakteen10/19/1
3Arabian LionTim Yakteen50/1179/1
4Blazing SevensChad Brown40/166/1
5CagliostroCherie DeVaux99/1189/1
6CairoAidan O'Brien50/175/1
7Classic Car WashMark Casse99/185/1
8Classic CatchTodd Pletcher50/1179/1
9Confidence GameKeith Desormeaux30/130/1
10CongruentAntonio Sano80/194/1
11Cyclone MischiefDale Roman40/189/1
12DeningtonKenny McPeek80/1241/1
13DisarmSteve Asmussen99/160/1
14ForteTodd Pletcher4/13/1
15Geaux Rocket RideRichard Mandella20/130/1
16General JimShug McGaughey80/165/1
17HejaziTim Yakteen40/153/1
18Hit ShowBrad Cox30/128/1
19Instant CoffeeBrad Cox30/119/1
20KingsbarnsTodd Pletcher50/143/1
21LitigateTodd Pletcher50/166/1
22MageGustavo Delgado80/175/1
23Major DudeTodd Pletcher50/1141/1
24Mandarin HeroTerunobu Fujita50/1116/1
25National TreasureTim Yakteen30/153/1
26PerriereYoichi Kuroiwa50/159/1
27Practical MoveTim Yakteen8/112/1
28Raise CainBen Colebrook50/166/1
29Red Route OneSteve Asmussen40/124/1
30ReincarnateTim Yakteen30/124/1
31Rocket CanBill Mott40/142/1
32SkinnerJohn Sherriffs40/145/1
33Sun ThunderKenny McPeek99/185/1
34Tapit TriceTodd Pletcher15/18/1
35Tapit's ConquestBrad Cox80/190/1
36Two Eagles RiverChris Hartman80/1270/1
37Two Phil'sLarry Rivelli80/188/1
38VerifyingBrad Cox50/136/1
39Victory FormationBrad Cox80/182/1
40All Other 3-Year-OldsN/A5/110/1

Overall, there are 18 new entrants in Pool 5 from Pool 4:

  • Arabian Knight
  • Arabian Lion
  • Cagliostro
  • Cairo
  • Classic Car Wash
  • Classic Catch
  • Congruent
  • Denington
  • Hejazi
  • Major Dude
  • Mandarin Hero
  • National Treasure
  • Perriere
  • Raise Cain
  • Reincarnate
  • Skinner
  • Sun Thunder
  • Two Eagles River

Champion Filly Wonder Wheel 8-1 Favorite in Lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

In the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, D J Stable’s Champion Filly Wonder Wheel was made the 8-1 morning line favorite in the field of 39 individual betting interests plus an option for “All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies” from the 2020 foal crop that were not listed.

Trained by Mark Casse, Wonder Wheel made her seasonal debut in the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes where she was heavily backed at odds of 1-2 but was upset by fellow Kentucky Oaks Future Wager contender Dreaming of Snow.

Along with Wonder Wheel, other top fillies that were incorporated in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager include Godolphin’s $400,000 Rachel Alexandra (GII) winner Pretty Mischievous and $300,000 Honeybee (GIII) winner Wet Paint; Gold Standard Racing’s flashy multiple stakes winner Hoosier Philly; and Stonestreet Stables’ $250,000 Demoiselle (GII) winner Julia Shining.

Here is the field for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (with trainer and morning line odds): 

1Affirmative LadyGraham Motion99/176/1
2Ami PleaseDoug O'Neill99/1113/1
3And Tell Me NoliesPeter Miller40/161/1
4Asset PurchaseChad Brown30/1106/1
5AtomicallyTodd Pletcher50/194/1
6Blessed TouchTim Yakteen50/1159/1
7BotanicalBrad Cox20/131/1
8CapellaBrad Cox40/1121/1
9Chop ChopBrad Cox40/189/1
10Clearly UnhingedMichael McCarthy40/167/1
11CondensationChris Hartman40/1164/1
12Dorth VaderMike Yates20/126/1
13Dreaming of SnowGerald Bennett30/148/1
14Flashy GemBrad Cox40/1129/1
15Flying ConnectionTodd Fincher50/1150/1
16Gaming GirlTodd Pletcher50/166/1
17Grand LoveSteve Asmussen50/1105/1
18Guns 'n GracesChad Brown40/120/1
19Homecoming QueenRodolphe Brisset99/1298/1
20Hoosier PhillyTom Amoss15/17/1
21InterpolateChad Brown30/1163/1
22Julia ShiningTodd Pletcher12/114/1
23JustiqueJohn Shirreffs40/169/1
24MerlazzaBrad Cox99/1229/1
25Mimi KakushiSalem Bin Ghadayer80/139/1
26MiracleTodd Pletcher20/155/1
27Munnys GoldTodd Pletcher30/124/1
28OccultChad Brown20/136/1
29Pretty MischievousBrendan Walsh10/115/1
30PunchbowlBrad Cox20/111/1
31Red Carpet ReadyRusty Arnold15/146/1
32Royal SpaRodolphe Brisset50/1224/1
33SeductionTodd Pletcher50/1125/1
34She's Lookin LuckyMatt Shirer30/1132/1
35ShidabhutiChad Brown15/140/1
36SouthlawnNorm Casse20/1147/1
37The Alys LookBrad Cox15/136/1
38Wet PaintBrad Cox12/14/1
39Wonder WheelMark Casse8/16/1
40All Other 3-Year-Old FilliesN/A15/114/1

The $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) is set for Saturday, May 6 and the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks will run one day prior on Friday, May 5.

There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby or Oaks Future Wagers. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of this week’s three-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby or Oaks, betting on the individual horse will be suspended immediately.         

Following this pool, there will be one additional opportunity for fans to bet early on this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders. Pool 6 will span March 30-April 1.