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KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER AVAILABLE AT ARLINGTON OTBs STARTING THURSDAY, FEB. 15
24-Entry Field and Opening Odds Announced
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 13, 2001) - The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, a pari-mutuel wager offered by Churchill Downs that allows racing fans to wager early on the prospective entrants in the 127th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2001, will be available at all five of Arlington Park's OTBs beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. The wager also will be offered at by a record number of racetracks and satellite wagering outlets throughout North America. Arlington's five OTB facilities are located at -- Arlington Trackside, Mud Bug OTB, Quad Cities Betting Parlor, Arlington in Rockford and Arlington in Waukegan.
There will be three separate wagering pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager in the months leading up to the race. Each pool will be open for four days, running from Thursday at 11 a.m. (CST) to Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (CST). Following are the dates for each of the three pools:
Pool 1 Thursday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 18
The payout on the winning wagers in each of the three pools will be determined by the final odds at the time of closing on Sunday of each of those respective pools. All wagers are final, with no refunds, once the patron leaves the window. The winning payouts will be made within 24 hours of the posting of the official winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby.
The Future Wager is a $2 minimum wager and is a win bet only. The field of horses in each pool consists of 24 betting interests, which include 23 horses and a 24th interest that is a mutuel field containing all other three-year-old Thoroughbreds regardless of whether those horses have been nominated to the Kentucky Derby and Visa Triple Crown.
In 2000, Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who paid $6.60 on-track, returned $27.80, $26.40 and $8.00 in Future Wager Pools 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Last year, combined wagering in the three Future Wager pools was $1,158,919.
The field for Pool 1, which was announced Monday, set the mutuel field as the 5-1 favorite in this year's "Run for the Roses" with Point Given the next choice at 6-1. Eleven of the 23 horses named have the longest odds on the board at 30-1. Macho Uno, selected as one of top 23 choices for the wager has been removed due to injury and replaced by Songandaprayer.
The field and opening line odds for Pool 1 in the 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are attached.
Following is the field and opening line odds for Pool 1 in the 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as of Feb. 13, 2001:
*** Note-Macho Uno was in the original field release on Monday, Feb. 12, but removed and replaced by Songandaprayer on Tuesday, Feb. 13 when the Daily Racing Form reported that trainer Joe Orseno said a persistent injury to the colt's left rear ankle has resulted in a decision to take the colt out of consideration for Derby 127.
The wagering interests for Pool 1 were chosen by a three-member committee that includes John Asher, Vice President, Racing Communications at Churchill Downs; Mike Watchmaker, National Handicapper for the Daily Racing Form; and Brad Free, a Daily Racing Form West Coast Correspondent.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia set the opening line.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000. A featured product of the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network (CDSN), Arlington Park also operates off-track, simulcast-wagering facilties at Arlington Trackside, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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