Uncle Mo future favorite

Updated: March 14, 2011, 3:32 PM ET
By Marty McGee | Daily Racing Form

(f) - denotes field entry in Pool 1.

Win handle - $279,534

Exacta handle - $97,165



LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The victory by Uncle Mo in his 3-year-old debut Saturday was enough to make the colt the favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager at the close of betting Sunday.

Uncle Mo closed as the 3-1 choice when wagering closed at 6 p.m. Eastern. The Todd Pletcher-trained Uncle Mo was a dominant winner of the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park to run his career record to 4 for 4.

The mutuel field, the 24th or "all others" option, closed as the 7-2 second choice, followed by Dialed In (11-1), Soldat (13-1), To Honor and Serve (14-1), and Jaycito (16-1).

The Pool 2 field includes several horses who suddenly emerged as Derby contenders Saturday: Premier Pegasus, romping winner of the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, as well as Watch Me Go and Crimson Knight, the respective one-two finishers in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Win handle was $279,534 on Pool 2, with another $97,165 bet on exactas. The total of $376,699 was up 6 percent from 2010 Pool 2 and ranks right in the middle for all-time Pool 2 handles (seventh-highest of 13) since Churchill Downs first began offering parimutuel futures in 1999. The record Pool 2 handle of $511,655 was set in 2005.

The lowest $2 exacta will-pay in Pool 2 is $35.20 for the combination of the field over Uncle Mo (24-23).

The field closed as the 2-1 favorite in Pool 1, when the total handle was $592,492. Pool 3 is set for April 1-3.

Meanwhile, Kathmanblu closed Sunday as the 7-2 favorite in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which ran concurrently with Derby Pool 2, albeit closing 30 minutes later.

Zazu and Joyful Victory are co-second choices at 7-1, followed by R Heat Lightning (9-1), the field (9-1), Dancinginherdreams (10-1), and It's Tricky (10-1). This was the only Oaks futures pool of the year, with exactas being offered for the first time. The lowest $2 will-pay is $60 for the combination of Kathmanblu over R Heat Lightning (11-16).

Win handle in the Oaks pool was $63,804 and exacta handle was $29,098, totaling $92,902. That figure was up 45 percent over the lone Oaks pool offered last year.

The 137th Oaks and 137th Derby will be run at Churchill on May 6 and 7, respectively.

Win handle - $63,804

Exacta handle - $29,098

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