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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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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).
2023 Kentucky Derby
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.
2023 Kentucky Oaks
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.
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