Champion Essential Quality, 4-1, Slight Favorite In Kentucky Derby Future Wager’s Final Pool

Five weeks in advance of the 147th running of the $3-million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade 1), bettors made unbeaten Essential Quality the 4-1 favorite over “All Other 3-Year-Olds” and Concert Tour, who both closed at 5-1 in the fifth and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which concluded a three-day run Sunday.

The Brad Cox-trained 2-year-old champion Essential Quality, perfect in four starts with wins in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Southwest (G3), is expected to headline Saturday’s $800,000 Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland.

Unbeaten San Vicente (G2) and Rebel (G2) winner Concert Tour will run next in the $1-million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park for six-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert.

Horses in order of the public’s betting choice (with trainer, Pool 5 odds and $2 Win will pays): #7 Essential Quality (Brad Cox, 4-1, $10.20); #24 “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (5-1, $12.80); #4 Concert Tour (Bob Baffert, 5-1, $13); #8 Greatest Honour (Shug McGaughey, 9-1, $20.80); #12 Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O’Neill, 12-1, $26.20); #15 Medina Spirit (Bob Baffert, 13-1, $28.80); #18 Prevalence (Brendan Walsh, 21-1, $45.40); #11 Highly Motivated (Chad Brown, 25-1, $53.80); #16 Midnight Bourbon (Steve Asmussen, 27-1, $56.80); #9 Helium (Mark Casse, 28-1, $59.80); #20 Risk Taking (Chad Brown, 30-1, $62.80); #21 Rock Your World (John Sadler, 31-1, $65); #2 Caddo River (Brad Cox, 33-1, $69.40); #23 Weyburn (Jimmy Jerkens, 35-1, $72.80); #3 Collaborate (Saffie Joseph Jr., 36-1, $74.40); #14 Mandaloun (Brad Cox, 36-1, $75.40); #5 Crowded Trade (Chad Brown, 38-1, $78.40); #13 Hozier (Bob Baffert, 44-1, $91.40); #6 Dream Shake (Peter Eurton, 45-1, $92); #22 Spielberg (Bob Baffert, 46-1, $95); #17 O Besos (Greg Foley, 50-1, $102.20); #19 Proxy (Mike Stidham, 51-1, $105.60); #10 Hidden Stash (Vicki Oliver, 53-1, $109.60); and #1 Big Lake (Steve Asmussen, SCRATCHED).

Total handle for the March 26-28 KDFW pool – the final future wager pool in advance of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1 – was $369,695 ($242.140 in the Win pool and $127,555 in Exactas). Since last November, a total of $1,780,403 has been bet on future wagers for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Visit www.KentuckyDerby.com/FutureWager for more information.

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