Roadster Emerges As 6-1 Favorite In Fourth Kentucky Derby Future Wager

by | 04.07.2019 | 7:46pm
Jockey Mike Smith celebrates aboard Roadster after their victory in the Grade I, $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

With just four weeks before the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Roadster emerged from a six-way battle for favoritism as the 6-1 betting choice in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).

Roadster was followed in the wagering by Florida Derby winner Maximum Security (7-1), Santa Anita Derby runner-up Game Winner (7-1), Wood Memorial winner Tacitus (8-1) and the likely favorites in Saturday's Arkansas Derby: Improbable (8-1) and Omaha Beach (10-1). Only $11,722 separated the favorite from the sixth betting choice.

Roadster became the highest KDFW Pool 4 favorite since “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed at 6-1 in 2004. Eventual Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones was the 10-1 second choice that year.

Horses in order of favoritism in the three-day April 5-7 KDFW Pool 4 (Odds and $2 Win Will Pays): #17 Roadster (6-1, $15.40); #13 Maximum Security (7-1, $16.80); #8 Game Winner (7-1, $17.60); #20 Tacitus (8-1, $18.40); #10 Improbable (8-1, $19.80); #14 Omaha Beach (10-1, $22.80); #21 Vekoma (15-1, $32.60); #24 “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (19-1, $40); #1 Anothertwistafate (19-1, $40.80); #5 Code of Honor (20-1, $43.20); #23 Win Win Win (21-1, $44.40); #22 War of Will (23-1, $48.80); #12 Long Range Toddy (23-1, $49.20); #4 By My Standards (32-1, $67); #3 Bourbon War (32-1, $67.20); #9 Haikal (35-1, $73); #19 Spinoff (35-1, $73.20); #6 Cutting Humor (50-1, $103.40); #7 Galilean (53-1, $108.80); #16 Plus Que Parfait (55-1, $112.20); #11 Instagrand (65-1, $132.20); #2 Bodexpress (65-1, $133.20); #18 Signalman (70-1, $143.80); and #15 Outshine (111-1, $224.20).

Five-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert is the trainer of Roadster, Game Winner and Improbable.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, offered for a 21st 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 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run Saturday, May 4.

Total betting over the three days reached $500,407 compared to last year's record of $543,010. Win betting was up from $339,036 in 2018 to $344,418 this year but exacta wagering slipped from a record $203,974 to $155,989. All totaled, Churchill Downs handled $1,878,359 in future wagers since November, which just missed last year's record of $1,893,353.

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

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