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Smile Happy Ends Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 On Top; Echo Zulu Leads Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool
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Smile Happy Ends Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 On Top; Echo Zulu Leads Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool

The 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) Future Wager Pool 4 ended Sunday with Risen Star Stakes Stakes (G2) runner-up Smile Happy clinching 6/1 single-entry favoritism amongst the 24 betting options. Additionally, the 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) Future Wager Pool – the lone offering for the 3-year-old fillies’ event – concluded with undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) champion Echo Zulu atop the 24 betting options at 5/2.

The final results for the 2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4:

1Barber RoadJohn Ortiz50/139/1
2Call Me MidnightKent Desormeaux50/168/1
3Charge ItTodd Pletcher30/117/1
4Classic CausewayBrian Lynch15/110/1
5CyberknifeBrad Cox50/136/1
6Early VotingChad Brown30/119/1
7EmmanuelTodd Pletcher15/133/1
8EpicenterSteve Asmussen8/113/1
9Ethereal RoadD. Wayne Lukas50/132/1
10Forbidden KingdomRichard Mandella5/17/1
11In Due TimeKelly Breen30/148/1
12Major GeneralTodd Pletcher50/165/1
13Mo DonegalTodd Pletcher12/124/1
14MorelloSteve Asmussen10/117/1
15Pioneer of MedinaTodd Pletcher30/171/1
16Rattle N RollKenny McPeek20/131/1
17ShipsationalEd Barker50/151/1
18SImplificationAntonio Sano12/119/1
19Smile HappyKenny McPeek6/16/1
20Un OjoRyan Courville50/136/1
21White AbarrioSaffie Joseph Jr.15/122/1
22ZandonChad Brown12/122/1
23ZozosBrad Cox50/130/1
24All Other 3-Year-Olds6/14/1

The final results for the 2022 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool:

1A Mo ReayTodd Pletcher30/136/1
2Ain't EasyPhil D'Amato20/127/1
3Awake At MidnyteDoug O'Neill20/145/1
4BernabreezyMatt Shirer50/184/1
5Bubble RockBrad Cox30/137/1
6Classy EditionTodd Pletcher15/138/1
7Echo ZuluSteve Asmussen4/15/2
8Fannie and FreddieAl Stall Jr.30/199/1
9FavorTodd Pletcher20/171/1
10Goddess of FireTodd Pletcher20/151/1
11Hidden ConnectionBret Calhoun50/141/1
12Ice OrchidJohn Ortiz50/188/1
13Juju's MapBrad Cox10/122/1
14Kathleen O.Shug McGaughey8/19/1
15NestTodd Pletcher8/114/1
16NostalgicBill Mott20/146/1
17SandstoneKenny McPeek15/181/1
18Secret OathD. Wayne Lukas6/17/2
19ShahamaTodd Pletcher30/124/1
20TurnerlooseBrad Cox15/124/1
21Venti ValentineJorge Abreu15/115/1
22Veterans HighwayRusty Arnold50/193/1
23YuugiriRudy Brisset50/199/1
24All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies10/16/1

Eight weeks in advance of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 4-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) with Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner and Risen Star (GII) runner-up Smile Happy the 6-1 second betting choice and San Vicente (GII) and San Felipe (GII) winner Forbidden Kingdom third at 7-1.

This marked the 15th time in the last 20 years that the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” went favored in the March future pool.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, offered for a 24th 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 148th consecutive year on Saturday, May 7.

In the lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was conducted concurrently with the KDFW, unbeaten champion 2-year-old filly Echo Zulu closed as 5-2 favorite over runaway Honeybee (GIII) winner Secret Oath, who was 7-2.

Betting on all future wagers over the three-day period was up 16.7% to $550,030. Last year’s March handle totaled $471,494.

Total handle for the March 11-13 KDFW pool – the fourth of five wagering pools in advance of the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby – was $374,702 ($284,503 in the Win pool and $90,200 in Exactas), up 16.2% compared to last year’s $322,477 ($231,632 in the Win pool and $90,844 in Exactas).

Betting on the Oaks Future Wager totaled $90,737 ($64,480 in the Win pool and $26,257 in Exactas), a 15.9% increase versus last year’s $78,290 ($57,219 in the Win pool and $20,771 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 6 and the next day’s Kentucky Derby, handled $84,591, a 19.6% jump compared to last year’s $70,727.

The year’s fifth and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool is set for Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2. Different from the first four pools of the KDFW, the fifth and final Pool 5 will close prior to the first Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series race on April 2.

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