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First 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Opens Thursday
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First 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Opens Thursday

LOUISVILLE, KY – Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (G3) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day.

Both Independence Hall and Storm the Court were made 12-1 individual co-favorites on veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia’s morning line. The pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” is expected to be the overall first-pool favorite for the 22nd consecutive year and Battaglia projects it to close as the 6-5 choice.

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In addition to Independence Hall and Storm the Court, other promising juveniles expected to attract attention at the betting windows include Dennis’ Moment (15-1), the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite who finished sixth after going to his knees at the start; impressive Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Maxfield (15-1); runaway Champagne (G1) winner Tiz the Law (20-1), who’ll headline Saturday’s $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs; and Honor A.P. (20-1), a swift maiden winner who is expected to make his next start in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) on Dec. 7.

Here’s the complete Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 field (with trainer and morning line odds):

1American Theorem5054$4,230.0054.40$110.80
2Anneau d’Or2031$7,208.0031.50$65.00
3Answer In5064$3,588.0064.30$130.60
6Dennis’ Moment1512$17,985.0012.00$26.00
7Eight Rings1524$9,290.0024.20$50.40
8Gouverneur Morris2029$7,629.0029.70$61.40
9Great Power5060$3,808.0060.50$123.00
10Green Light Go5046$4,971.0046.10$94.20
11High Velocity2040$5,672.0040.30$82.60
12Honor A. P.2025$8,952.0025.20$52.40
13Independence Hall1213$15,796.0013.80$29.60
16South Bend3072$3,178.0072.80$147.60
17Storm the Court1241$5,544.0041.30$84.60
19Thousand Words1534$6,672.00 34.10$70.20
20Three Technique5039$5,743.0039.80$81.60
21Tiz the Law2011$18,126.0011.90$25.80
22Wrecking Crew5086$2,680.0086.50$175.00
23All 3-Year-Old Fillies3057$4,000.0057.60$117.20
24Mutuel Field (All Others)6-51$110,479.001.10$4.20

The pool, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, opens Thursday and will close Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be offered concurrently with the fifth annual Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which provides bettors with a unique opportunity to wager on select breeding stars and their entire crop of juveniles with the hope of winning next year’s Kentucky Derby.

Offspring sired by Constitution – including Independence Hall, Tiz the Law and Breeders’ Futurity (G1) runner-up Gouverneur Morris – are 6-1 on the morning line for the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager. Offspring sired by popular 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah are listed at 8-1.

Here’s the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager field (with morning line odds):

1American Pharoah20/1
2Candy Ride (ARG)30/1
4Empire Maker12/1
5Giant's Causeway15/1
6Gun Runner15/1
7Into Mischief20/1
9Medaglia d’Oro30/1
11Not This Time15/1
13Pioneerof the Nile30/1
14Practical Joke20/1
15Quality Road8/1
18Street Sense20/1
20Twirling Candy30/1
21Uncle Mo20/1
22Union Rags30/1
24All Other Sires6/1

This marks the seventh consecutive year that Churchill Downs has hosted Future Wager pools in November on closing weekend of its Fall Meet. “All Other 3-Year-Olds” has won four of the last six years: California Chrome ($3.20 in 2014), Always Dreaming ($4.40 in 2017), Justify ($4.40) and Country House ($4.60). An early Pool 1 win bet on eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah netted $27.60 in 2015, and Nyquist’s 2016 Derby victory resulted in a $21.80 payoff.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at odds that could be far greater and more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The 146th running of Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and the first leg of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Churchill Downs.

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For more information, past performances and real-time odds on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be available before the pool opens Thursday online at

Dates for the remaining 2020 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools are Feb. 7-9 (Pool 2), March 6-8 (Pool 3) and April 3-5 (Pool 4). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with the Derby’s Pool 3 on March 6-8. See more here.

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