Forte Made 3-1 Favorite In KDFW Pool Five

Eclipse Award winner Forte (Violence), impressive 4 1/2-length winner of the GII Fountain of Youth S. in his 3-year-old debut Mar. 4, closed as the 3-1 favorite ($8.76 will pay) in the fifth pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Saturday’s GIII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby hero and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tapit Trice (Tapit) the distance second choice at 8-1 ($18.32).

The ‘All Other 3-Year-Olds’, encompassing any horse not listed among the individual betting interests, closed as the 10-1 ($22.08) third pick, while others to close at 30-1 or lower included GII San Felipe S. hero Practical Move (Practical Joke, 12-1, $27.04); Instant Coffee (Bolt d’Oro, 19-1, $40.04); Red Route One (Gun Runner, 24-1, $50.46); Reincarnate (Good Magic, 24-1, $51.18); GIII Withers S. winner Hit Show (Candy Ride {Arg}, 28-1, $59.22); Geaux Rocket Ride (Candy Ride {Arg}, 30-1, $62.92); and GII Rebel S. upsetter Confidence Game (Candy Ride {Arg}, 30-1, $63.98).

In the lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was conducted concurrently with the KDFW, GIII Honeybee S. winner Wet Paint (Blame) closed as the 4-1 ($10.66) favorite over champion filly Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief), who was 6-1 ($15.70). Hoosier Philly (Into Mischief) was the 7-1 ($16.92) third choice.

Betting on all future wagers over the three-day period was $479,559. Total handle for the March 10-12 KDFW pool–the fifth of six wagering pools in advance of the 1 1/4-mile GI Kentucky Derby–was $341,638 ($250,906 in the win pool and $90,732 in exactas). Betting on the Oaks Future Wager totaled $70,209 ($53,340 in the win pool and $70,209 in exactas). The Oaks/Derby Future Double, which requires fans to correctly select the winners of both the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks May 5 and the next day’s Kentucky Derby, handled $67,712.

The year’s sixth and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool is set for Thursday, Mar. 30 through Saturday, Apr. 1. Different from the first five pools of the KDFW, the sixth and final pool will close prior to the first Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series race on Apr. 1.

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