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Big Brown Favored at Midpoint of KDFW Pool 3

| Churchill Downs Communications | 04/05/2008 #

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown, the unbeaten winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I), remained the top choice of Kentucky Derby fans as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point.

The Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained son of Boundary, who was not among the individual betting interests in either of the year’s first two pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, was the 3-1 favorite following the second day of betting in the four-day third pool.  Big Brown remained a narrow choice over Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Pyro, the winner of the Louisiana Derby (GII) and the pool’s second choice at 9-2.  Pyro closed as the 4-1 favorite in Pool 2 of the Derby Future bet.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager offers fans an opportunity to wager on contenders for the 134th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (GI), which will be run on May 3 at Churchill Downs, at odds that could be better than those they would receive on the day of the race.

Fans across North America wagered $40,020 on Friday to raise the pool’s two-day total to $66,752.  Betting on the four-day pool is scheduled to resume on Saturday, April 5 at noon (all times EDT). The pool will close at 6 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, April 6, and winning payouts will be based on the odds in place at the conclusion of wagering.

Friday’s betting saw continued solid support for Robert LaPenta’s War Pass, the champion 2-year-old in American racing in 2007 who suffered his first career defeat in a disappointing last-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) on March 15.  War Pass, who will attempt to restore his tarnished image in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct, was the 8-1 third choice in Pool 3 at the conclusion of Friday’s betting. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 3, was the fourth choice at 11-1.

The Wood Memorial is one of three major stakes races scheduled on Saturday that could shake up the odds for Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.  Also on the schedule are the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (GI), which is headed by Pool 3 wagering interest Colonel John (17-1) and El Gato Malo (15-1), and the $500,000-added Illinois Derby (GII), in which Pool 3 member Denis of Cork (17-1) is the likely favorite.

Real time odds on Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby Web site at www.kentuckyderby.com.

2008 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 3

1 - Adriano*: morning line 20-1; 32-1 after day 1; 33-1 after day 2
2 - Atoned*: morning line 30-1; 43-1 after day 1; 46-1 after day 2
3 - Big Brown*: morning line 3-1; 5-2 after day 1; 3-1 after day 2
4 - Big Truck*: morning line 30-1; 27-1 after day 1; 29-1 after day 2
5 - Blackberry Road: morning line 50-1; 53-1 after day 1; 45-1 after day 2
6 - Bob Black Jack: morning line 30-1; 89-1 after day 1; 67-1 after day 2
7 - Colonel John: morning line 12-1; 19-1 after day 1; 17-1 after day 2
8 - Cool Coal Man: morning line 15-1; 38-1 after day 1; 25-1 after day 2
9 - Court Vision: morning line 20-1; 31-1 after day 1; 25-1 after day 2
10 - Denis of Cork: morning line 15-1; 17-1 after day 1; 17-1 after day 2
11 - El Gato Malo (g): morning line 12-1; 23-1 after day 1; 15-1 after day 2
12 - Gayego: morning line 30-1; 83-1 after day 1; 75-1 after day 2
13 - Liberty Bull*: morning line 50-1; 99-1 after day 1; 99-1 after day 2
14 - My Pal Charlie*: morning line 50-1; 72-1 after day 1; 67-1 after day 2
15 - Pyro: morning line 4-1; 3-1 after day 1; 9-2 after day 2
16 - Salute the Sarge*: morning line 50-1; 99-1 after day 1; 99-1 after day 2
17 - Smooth Air: morning line 50-1; 33-1 after day 1; 37-1 after day 2
18 - Tale of Ekati: morning line 30-1; 77-1 after day 1; 63-1 after day 2
19 - Tomcito*: morning line 30-1; 23-1 after day 1; 29-1 after day 2
20 - Visionaire: morning line 20-1; 17-1 after day 1; 20-1 after day 2
21 - War Pass: morning line 6-1; 10-1 after day 1; 8-1 after day 2
22 - Yankee Bravo: morning line 30-1; 38-1 after day 1; 42-1 after day 2
23 - Z Fortune: morning line 50-1; 99-1 after day 1; 23-1 after day 2
24 - Mutuel field "All Others:" morning line 15-1; 14-1 after day 1; 11-1 after day 2

Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia.  (g) – gelding.  (*) - New wagering interest in Pool 3.

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