Picking a Clever Name Hunch Bet in the Derby Futures

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

The first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool opened Thanksgiving day and closes on Sunday, Nov. 27, 6 pm EST. As in years past, “all other 3-year-olds” opened as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Of the 23 individual horses named in the pool, Classic Empire came in next at 8-1, followed by Mastery at 12-1.

These future wagers typically offer larger payoffs than bets placed on race day because 163 days remain between the opening of the pool and the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, and anything can happen. For example, hot contender Not This Time, the runner-up to Classic Empire in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the winner of the Iroquois Stakes, the very first race on the road to the Kentucky Derby, was retired earlier this week due to a soft tissue injury.  (He was retired after having an entry posted in Churchill Downs’ Derby Future Wager pool, and betting has been suspended on his entry.)

Horseplayers looking for more information on “all other 3-year-olds” can find it in sports books like one at The Wynn Las Vegas. Johnny Avello, the "Wizard of Odds" for The Wynn, opened his future book on September 14. In his November 21 update, he lists 302 horses.

Handicappers hoping for monster payoffs may consider the 12 horses currently offered at 500-1: Boston Marathoner, Chatain’s Tank, Conquest Bandit, Discreet Prospect, Distortedatthebar, Greatbullsoffire, Island Ice, Law Abidin Citizen, Lucky Whalen, Souper Catch, Vegas Itch and Ventry Bay.

Horse racing is known for fantastic names, and with so many unknowns lurking between now and Derby day, now may be the perfect time to select a horse based on name alone.

For constituents who have not had enough of the election, Caucus, go Fact Finding and select a Running Mate. Fans of House of Cards can cast a ballot for Underwood, Win With Pride or You’re to Blame.

Driven to Compete? Get Recruiting Ready, get Drafted and go Big League. Go for a Big Hit, First Goal and Big Score.

Find a Discreet Prospect, Hookup and enjoy Hot Perfection and Midnight Pleasure.

Meanwhile, Heaven is Waiting for the Good Samaritan and believers who Honor Thy Father. Avoid the Devileye and Minister’s Strike for Mo Soul.

Hear the Call to War or the Irish War Cry. Show Honor and Courage and join the Rebel War as a Battalion Runner or a Peace Envoy.

Go to Will Call and support the arts at an Oscar Performance. With lines like Romeo O Romeo or the Contrast of hello Newman, enjoy the Creative Courage.

Destinations abound with Bobby Abu Dhabi, Boys from Boston, Brooklyn Bobby, Cairo Healer, California Diamond, Malibu Secret, Monaco, South Beach, Spring in Alberta, Mo Town, Rue de Paris or Whitecliffsofdover.

Or, take a Wild Shot of Ninety Nine Proof and ride the Whisky Train to the Kentucky Derby in Bourbon Country.

On the first Saturday in May, when the horses Takeoff in this Signature Spring event, a few players will have Unbridled Luck. Bonus Points  will be awarded to the handicappers who select the winner during Future Wager pool 1!

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