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Forte, Wet Paint Favored At End Of Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pools
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Forte, Wet Paint Favored At End Of Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pools

With the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) still several weeks away, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion & 2023 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) winner Forte finished Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5 as the unquestionable 3-1 favorite.

After finishing Pools 1-4 as the overall betting favorite, “All Other 3-Year-Olds” finished at 10/1, the third choice behind recent Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner Tapit Trice at 8/1. Both Forte and Tapit Trice are trained by Todd Pletcher.

The San Felipe Stakes (G2) victor Practical Move and the Lecomte Stakes (G3) winner Instant Coffee were next in the betting at 12/1 and 19/1, respectively.

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Here is the complete field with morning line and final closing 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

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, offered for a 25th consecutive year, enables bettors to wager on possible Kentucky Derby contenders in advance of America’s greatest race at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run for the 149th consecutive year on Saturday, May 6.

The final Future Wager Pool dates are set for March 30-April 1 (Pool 6). 

Wet Paint Rallies To Favoritism At End Of 2023 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool

In the lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was conducted concurrently with the KDFW, the Honeybee Stakes (G3) winner Wet Paint closed as the 4/1 favorite over champion filly Wonder Wheel, who was 6/1. Hoosier Philly was the 7/1 third choice.

Here is the complete field with morning line and final closing 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

Betting on all future wagers over the three-day period was $479,559. Total handle for the March 10-12 KDFW pool – the fifth of six wagering pools in advance of the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby – was $341,638 ($250,906 in the Win pool and $90,732 in Exactas). Betting on the Oaks Future Wager totaled $70,209 ($53,340 in the Win pool and $70,209 in Exactas).

The Oaks/Derby Future Double, which requires fans to correctly select the winners of both the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks on May 5 and the next day’s Kentucky Derby, handled $67,712.