Life Is Good, 5-1, Lowest-Priced Horse In Kentucky Derby Future Wager’s Opening Pool

With the Kentucky Derby still 22 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and the Bob Baffert-trained Life Is Good was the 5-1 second choice.

Life Is Good, who won his Nov. 22 debut at Del Mar by 9 ½ lengths for the record-equaling six-time Derby-winning trainer, edged Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Essential Quality, who closed at 8-1 in the betting. Other horses who attracted interest from bettors: Hopeful (GI) and Champagne (GI) winner Jackie’s Warrior (18-1); Nyquist Stakes winner Highly Motivated (18-1); and Saturday’s Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Keepmeinmind (19-1).

Horses in order of the public’s betting choice (with trainer, Pool 1 odds and $2 Win will pays): #24 “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” (6-5, $4.60); #11 Life Is Good (Bob Baffert, 5-1, $12.80); #3 Essential Quality (Brad Cox, 8-1, $18.40); #8 Jackie’s Warrior (Steve Asmussen, 18-1, $38.20); #6 Highly Motivated (Chad Brown, 18-1, $39.80); #9 Keepmeinmind (Robertino Diodoro, 19-1, $40); #1 Caddo River (Brad Cox, 27-1, $57.40); #20 Speaker’s Corner (Bill Mott, 29-1, $61); #4 Fire At Will (Mike Maker, 30-1, $62.80); #7 Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O’Neill, 34-1, $71.40); #14 Red Flag (John Shirreffs, 35-1, $72); #15 Reinvestment Risk (Chad Brown, 35-1, $72.60); #17 Savile Row (Bob Baffert, 36-1, $75.80); #18 Scarred (Steve Asmussen, 49-1, $100.40); #22 Ten for Ten (Shug McGaughey III, 51-1, $105.80); #23 “All 3-Year-Old Fillies” (56-1, $114.40); #12 Midnight Bourbon (Steve Asmussen, 59-1, $120.40); #10 King Fury (Kenny McPeek, 60-1, $122.40); #5 Get Her Number (Peter Miller, 64-1, $130.40); #19 Sittin On Go (Dale Romans, 68-1, $139.20); #2 Dr. Shivel (Mark Glatt, 72-1, $146.80); #16 Rombauer (Michael McCarthy, 88-1, $178.80); #13 Pickin’ Time (Kelly Breen, 96-1, $194.60); and #21 Super Stock (Steve Asmussen, 103-1, $209.60).

Total handle for the Nov. 26-29 KDFW pool – the first of five scheduled wagering pools in advance of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on Saturday, May 1 – was $249,331 ($191,984 in the Win pool and $57,347 in Exactas).

Inaugurated in 1999, the Kentucky Derby Future Wager has been offered for a 23rd consecutive year, but this marks just the eighth time that Churchill Downs has hosted a KDFW pool on closing weekend of its Fall Meet.

This year’s early Derby betting menu also included the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which, for the sixth consecutive year, provided 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.

Into Mischief and “All Other Sires” attracted the most attention from bettors. Into Mischief, the sire of Life Is Good and Highly Motivated among others, closed as the 4-1 favorite ahead of “All Other Sires” at 5-1 and progeny by Tapit at 6-1.

Sires in order of favoritism for the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager (Odds and $2 Win Will Pays): #12 Into Mischief (4-1, $10.20); #24 “All Other Sires” (5-1, $12); #20 Tapit (6-1, $15.20); #6 Curlin (12-1, $27.80); #1 American Pharoah (13-1, $29); #5 Constitution (17-1, $36.40); #22 Uncle Mo (19-1, $41.20); #8 Frosted (21-1, $44.80); #18 Quality Road (22-1, $47.40); #10 Hard Spun (24-1, $50); #19 Street Sense (25-1, $53.20); #9 Ghostzapper (27-1, $56.80); #17 Pioneerof the Nile (30-1, $62.60); #16 Not This Time (30-1, $63.80); #14 Medaglia d’Oro (35-1, $72); #21 Tiznow (35-1, $73.20); #2 Bernardini (36-1, $74.20); #23 Union Rags (43-1, $89.80); #11 Honor Code (44-1, $91.40); #15 Munnings (47-1, $97); #4 Candy Ride (ARG) (47-1, $97.80); #13 Liam’s Map (49-1, $100.40); #3 Bodemeister (60-1, $123.60); and #7 Flatter (80-1, $162.80).

Total betting on the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager was a record $47,567 ($33,269 in the Win pool and $14,298 in the Exactas).

The KDFW and Sire Future Wager combined to handle $296,898 compared to $397,394 in 2019 and $291,313 in 2018.

The other Future Wager dates are tentatively set for Jan. 22-24 (Pool 2), Feb. 12-14 (Pool 3), March 5-7 (Pool 4) and March 26-28 (Pool 5). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 on March 5-7.

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