Kentucky Derby Futures 2020

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The Kentucky Derby Future Pools are now closed and your next chance to bet on the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday!

If you have no idea what Kentucky Futures are, you need to learn now. So, we will look into the types of bets that these are, why and where to place them, and more.

The Kentucky Derby Futures Pools 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now closed. 3 extra pools have been added for a chance to place Derby Futures. Pool 5 – open June 26 to 28, Pool 6, which also includes a Kentucky Oaks Futures Pool, will be open from July 17 to 19, and Pool 7 will be open from August 7 to 9.

The derby prep races, the Road to the Kentucky Derby, have also been extended and now include more races that you can bet on.

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Past Performances: 7th in Blue Grasse Stakes (G2), 3rd place in Arkansas Derby (G1), 7th in Risen Star (G2), 4th in Lecomte (G3).
Past Performances: 7th in Blue Grasse Stakes (G2), 3rd place in Arkansas Derby (G1), 7th in Risen Star (G2), 4th in Lecomte (G3).
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Past Performances : This horse showed a lot of improvement on the Derby trail and just changed trainers from Linda Rice to Steve Asmussen. Earned the 3rd place twice in the Travers Stakes (G1) and the Belmont (G1). Previously won 1st place in Withers (Grade 3). Max Player is the winner of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers that was held at the Aqueduct Racetrack. Max Player finished second in his November 12, 2019 career debut which was held at Parx.
Past Performances : This horse showed a lot of improvement on the Derby trail and just changed trainers from Linda Rice to Steve Asmussen. Earned the 3rd place twice in the Travers Stakes (G1) and the Belmont (G1). Previously won 1st place in Withers (Grade 3). Max Player is the winner of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers that was held at the Aqueduct Racetrack. Max Player finished second in his November 12, 2019 career debut which was held at Parx.
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Past Performances : 4th place in Blue Grass Stakes (G2), 5th place in Louisiana Derby (G2), 2nd in Risen Star (G2) and 1st place in Lecomte (G3). 3rd place in Breeders' Futurity (G1), 4th in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Lecomte (G3). Enforceable, a one-time slow developer, is the winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes that took place on January 18th at the Fair Grounds. Enforceable comes from a great pedigree with parents Tapit and Justwhistledixie.
Past Performances : 4th place in Blue Grass Stakes (G2), 5th place in Louisiana Derby (G2), 2nd in Risen Star (G2) and 1st place in Lecomte (G3). 3rd place in Breeders' Futurity (G1), 4th in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Lecomte (G3). Enforceable, a one-time slow developer, is the winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes that took place on January 18th at the Fair Grounds. Enforceable comes from a great pedigree with parents Tapit and Justwhistledixie.
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Past Performances: 8th in Del Mar Futurity (G1), 3rd in American Pharoah Stakes (G1), 1st in Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Storm the Court started off with a bang when he won his debut race at Del Mar back in August 2019. He did not fare as well in the Grade 1 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity because Eight Rings, an errant competitor knocked into him, losing his jockey. Storm the Court found his footing again when he won the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1st, 2019. This was even after being written off as the second-longest shot, with odds of 45-1.
Past Performances: 8th in Del Mar Futurity (G1), 3rd in American Pharoah Stakes (G1), 1st in Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Storm the Court started off with a bang when he won his debut race at Del Mar back in August 2019. He did not fare as well in the Grade 1 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity because Eight Rings, an errant competitor knocked into him, losing his jockey. Storm the Court found his footing again when he won the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1st, 2019. This was even after being written off as the second-longest shot, with odds of 45-1.
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Past Performances: Major Fed made his career debut on November 23rd, 2019, where he came in third on the Churchill Down’s sloppy track. However, he managed to eke out a 4¼-length win on New Year’s Day at the Fair Grounds. He is three years old. His last race was the Indiana Derby, where he finished 2nd.
Past Performances: Major Fed made his career debut on November 23rd, 2019, where he came in third on the Churchill Down’s sloppy track. However, he managed to eke out a 4¼-length win on New Year’s Day at the Fair Grounds. He is three years old. His last race was the Indiana Derby, where he finished 2nd.
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Past Performances: 1st place in Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
Past Performances: 1st place in Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
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Past Performances: No graded race wins. Last race was a 2nd place finish at Saratoga.
Past Performances: No graded race wins. Last race was a 2nd place finish at Saratoga.
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Past Performances: Best graded race finish was 2nd in the Ohio Derby (G3). Others were 4th place in the RUNHAPPY Travers Stakes (G!) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G3). Won the non-graded Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Past Performances: Best graded race finish was 2nd in the Ohio Derby (G3). Others were 4th place in the RUNHAPPY Travers Stakes (G!) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G3). Won the non-graded Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs.
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Past Performances: 6th place in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and 5th in the Risen Star S. presented by Lamarque Ford (G2).
Past Performances: 6th place in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and 5th in the Risen Star S. presented by Lamarque Ford (G2).
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Past Performances: 1st place in Shared Belief Stakes on the Road to the Kentucky earning 50 points. 2nd place in Lost Alamitos (G3). 2nd place in L1st place in Lost Alamitos Futurity (G2) and Robert Lewis (G3). Thousand Words managed to give his trainer Bob Baffert his 3,000th victory this year. Thousand Words won the Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
Past Performances: 1st place in Shared Belief Stakes on the Road to the Kentucky earning 50 points. 2nd place in Lost Alamitos (G3). 2nd place in L1st place in Lost Alamitos Futurity (G2) and Robert Lewis (G3). Thousand Words managed to give his trainer Bob Baffert his 3,000th victory this year. Thousand Words won the Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
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Past Performances: 3rd in Ellis Park Derby & Indiana Derby (G3), 5th place in Matt Winn (G3) & Gotham (G3).
Past Performances: 3rd in Ellis Park Derby & Indiana Derby (G3), 5th place in Matt Winn (G3) & Gotham (G3).
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Past Performances: On February 8th, 2020, Sole Volante became the winner of the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The horse managed to win by 2 and ½ lengths, making him a great Kentucky Derby contender.
Past Performances: On February 8th, 2020, Sole Volante became the winner of the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The horse managed to win by 2 and ½ lengths, making him a great Kentucky Derby contender.
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Past Performances: 2nd place in Ellis Park Derby with a promising run according to his trainer.
Past Performances: 2nd place in Ellis Park Derby with a promising run according to his trainer.
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Past Performances: 7th in Ellis Park Derby & Indiana Derby (G3). 4th place in Arkansas Derby (G1).
Past Performances: 7th in Ellis Park Derby & Indiana Derby (G3). 4th place in Arkansas Derby (G1).
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Past Performances: 2nd place in Haskell Invitational in a very close race against Authentic. Ny Traffic has been plodding along with a solid racing record since its first race in September 2019. It had its first run in a graded race last month, finishing 3rd to Modernist in the Grade II Risen Star race.
Past Performances: 2nd place in Haskell Invitational in a very close race against Authentic. Ny Traffic has been plodding along with a solid racing record since its first race in September 2019. It had its first run in a graded race last month, finishing 3rd to Modernist in the Grade II Risen Star race.
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Past Performances : Past Performances: This horse has one graded win on his resume in the RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby. 2nd place finished in the Shared Belief Stakes and San Felipe Stakes (G2).
Past Performances : Past Performances: This horse has one graded win on his resume in the RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby. 2nd place finished in the Shared Belief Stakes and San Felipe Stakes (G2).
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Past Performances : Belmont Stakes winner. 1st place in Florida Derby (G1). 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
Past Performances : Belmont Stakes winner. 1st place in Florida Derby (G1). 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
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Past Performances: This horse enters with great odds after wins in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1), San Felipe Stakes (G2), and the Sham Stakes (G3). Ran behind Honor A.P. for 2nd in the RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby (G1).
Past Performances: This horse enters with great odds after wins in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1), San Felipe Stakes (G2), and the Sham Stakes (G3). Ran behind Honor A.P. for 2nd in the RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby (G1).
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Kentucky Derby Future Wagers

Now, you may not even know what Kentucky Derby future wagers are. KY Derby futures allow horse racing fans to bet on the potential entrants into the Derby. And, this is before the entrants have actually been accepted and chosen for the Kentucky Derby for the year.

You can place these Derby futures on online racebooks that feature future bets for the Derby. An online racebook like TVG is a great place to look for your Kentucky Derby futures odds and to place your bets. And, there are other online racebooks that will offer these future bets as well.

When you are betting on futures, you are betting on the Kentucky Derby horses that you believe will be chosen for the prestigious horse race. You can place Win and Exacta bets when you are betting on KY Derby futures. These futures bets tend to offer good odds as well as larger payouts than you would get betting on the same horse on the day of the race.

The Kentucky Derby as well as The Kentucky Oaks pools both are comprised of twenty-four wagering interests. These include twenty-two specific horses as well as a mutuel field, also known as “all others” of interest. This “All Others” option, which is listed at numbers 23 & 24, contains all the 3-year-old fillies as well as all of the leftover 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 1

The Kentucky Derby futures pool 1 is already closed, so, unfortunately, you cannot place your bets in this pool. Pool 1 took place on November 28th, 2019, a few months before the beginning of pool 2. A Kentucky Derby Sire Pool bet runs at the same time as pool 1.

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2

The Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2 will be available on February 7th, 2020 until February 9th, 2020. Here is a list of the favorite horses and the odds for the Kentucky Derby futures in the pool:

  • #1 Anneau d’Or (Trainer Blaine Wright, odds 30-1)
  • #2 Authentic (Trainer Bob Baffert, odds 15-1)
  • #3 Basin (Trainer Steve Asmussen, odds 30-1)
  • #4 Chance It (Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., odds 30-1)
  • #5 Dennis’ Moment (Trainer Dale Romans, odds 12-1)

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 3

The Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 3 will be available on March 6th, 2020 until March 8th, 2020. The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is also offered during the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager Pool 3. Plus, the Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Double Feature is also offered with KDFW Pool 3.

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 4

So, the Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 4 will be available on April 3rd, 2020 until April 5th, 2020. This means, you will need to keep these dates in mind if you are looking to place your Kentucky Derby future bets. And, the Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 4 is the last of the futures pools before the Derby.

Kentucky Oaks Futures

As mentioned before, the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is offered during the third pool of the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager pools. So, this means that the Kentucky Oaks Futures Pool 3 will be available on March 6th, 2020. The Kentucky Oaks futures bets are very similar to the bets you will place on Kentucky Derby futures. 

Kentucky Oaks & Derby Double Future Wager

As also mentioned before, The Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double Feature will be available with Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 3. So, that means that the Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double Future Wager will be made available at the same time as pool 3 on March 6th, 2020. But, you should always make sure you have properly done your research in order to place the best bets possible.

Futures Betting Rules

There are no refunds when it comes to futures betting. The Kentucky Derby Futures Wager is comprised of four separate wagering pools. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place champion of the Kentucky Derby. 

But, in the event the Kentucky Derby is not run that year or does not end in an official winner, all bets placed in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and Kentucky Derby Sires Future Wager will be refunded. So, keep that in mind for all of your Kentucky Derby online betting

Risks and Advantages

Of course, there are risks and advantages for any bets you place. We shall discuss the risks and advantages associated with the Kentucky Derby futures below.

The Advantages Are:

  • Higher payouts for winning bets 
  • Nicer odds when placing these future bets (which lead to higher payouts)
  • Starting your excitement for the Kentucky Derby even earlier in the season

The risks are:

  • The horse you bet on might not make it to the Kentucky Derby at all
  • There is a wide variety of horses for you to choose from
  • It is hard to place a bet that far in the future 

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