Eskendereya's future

Mar 7, 2010 7:12 AM

Zayat Racing Stable’s Eskendereya emerged as the solid individual choice to win $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, but the "All Others" betting interest remained the overall fans’ choice as Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ Derby Future Wager ended its three-run early Sunday evening.

Eskendererya, the dominant winner of the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s record six Derby pool betting interests, was a strong 5-1 choice among Pool 2’s 23 individual horses. But the field bet – that included all 3-year-olds other than the pool’s 23 individual horses – was the 3-1 overall choice when the pool closed Sunday.

Other horses that received strong backing in the second of the year’s three future pools included the Bob Baffert-trained 2-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky, who closed at odds of 9-1, and Dublin, trained by four-time Derby-winner D. Wayne Lukas, who was a 10-1 risk. Remsen winner Buddy’s Saint was next at 16-1.

Should he win the Derby on May 1, Eskenderaya will return $13.80 for a $2 "win" wager in Pool 2. The colt closed at 22-1 in February’s Pool 1. Pletcher’s six-pack of Pool 2 horses was completed by Rule (20-1), Conveyance (28-1), Discreetly Mine (37-1), Connemara (46-1) and Aikenite (57-1).