With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) still 14 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of "All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings" closed as the 9-5 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, and Sham Stakes (G3) winner Life Is Good at 7-1 edged TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) champion Essential Quality at 8-1 for the honor of being the second betting choice.
Life Is Good, who closed as the 5-1 favorite in Pool 1 last November, was a narrow but fast winner of the one-mile Sham at Santa Anita Park Jan. 2, and is expected to make his next start in the March 6 San Felipe Stakes (G2) for six-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert.
The Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality, perfect in three starts after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November, is preparing for his 3-year-old debut and has recorded six breezes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, including a five-furlong spin in 1:01.60 Sunday morning. He was the 8-1 third betting choice in Pool 1.
In addition to Life Is Good and Essential Quality, Smarty Jones Stakes winner Caddo River (13-1), Baffert's fast maiden winner Concert Tour (16-1) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) winner Keepmeinmind (19-1) also attracted interest from bettors.
Total handle for the Jan. 22-24 KDFW pool—the second of five scheduled wagering pools in advance of the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Sat. May 1—was $322,035 ($240,768 in the Win pool and $81,267 in Exactas).
Dates for the remaining 2021 Kentucky Derby future pools are 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 Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2
|Number||Horse (Trainer)||Pool 2 Odds and $2 Win Will Pays|
|1||Bezos (Bob Baffert)||26-1, $55.20|
|2||Caddo River (Brad Cox)||13-1, $29.60|
|3||Capo Kane (Harold Wyner)||66-1, $135.40|
|4||Concert Tour (Bob Baffert)||16-1, $34.40|
|5||Essential Quality (Brad Cox)||8-1, $18.80|
|6||Fire At Will (Mike Maker)||45-1, $92|
|7||Greatest Honour (Shug McGaughey)||40-1, $83.20|
|8||Highly Motivated (Chad Brown)||24-1, $51.40|
|9||Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O’Neill)||40-1, $83.80|
|10||Jackie’s Warrior (Steve Asmussen)||23-1, $49.60|
|11||Keepmeinmind (Robertino Diodoro)||19-1, $40.80|
|12||Life Is Good (Bob Baffert)||7-1, $16.40|
|13||Mandaloun (Brad Cox)||42-1, $86.60|
|14||Medina Spirit (Bob Baffert)||24-1, $51.40|
|15||Midnight Bourbon (Steve Asmussen)||26-1, $54|
|16||Mutasaabeq (Todd Fletcher)||47-1, $97.40|
|17||Olympiad (Bill Mott)||64-1, $131.80|
|18||Prate (Brad Cox)||48-1, $99.20|
|19||Prime Factor (Todd Fletcher)||21-1, $44.20|
|20||Proxy (Mike Stidham)||76-1, $154.80|
|21||Señor Buscador (Todd Fincher)||34-1, $70.80|
|22||Spielberg (Bob Baffert)||47-1, $97|
|23||Wipe the Slate (Doug O’Neill)||87-1, $176.80|
|24||”All Other 3-Year-Olds”||9-5, $5.80|