Kentucky Derby: Game Winner, Maximum Security head Pool 4 of Future Wager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) Gary and Mary West’s champion 2-year-old Game Winner and undefeated Florida Derby (Grade I) hero Maximum Security are 8-1 co-morning line favorites in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) which opens on Friday.

Luis Saez celebrates Maximum Security’s Florida Derby victory. Coglianese Photography/Lauren King

The three-day pool will offer win and exacta betting on 23 individual horses and an option to bet all other 3-year-olds not offered within the wagering. Pool 4 betting opens Friday at noon (all times EDT) and will close Sunday at 6 p.m. This will be the final future wager offered prior to the first Saturday in May.

Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner and five-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert, Game Winner finished second in a split division of the March 16 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park – his first start in more than four months. Game Winner is expected to enter Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (GI) as his last major prep race before the Kentucky Derby.

Maximum Security, based in South Florida with trainer Jason Servis, scored a 3 ½-length front-running victory in last Saturday’s Florida Derby (GI). A bay colt by New Year’s Day, Maximum Security debuted for a $16,000 claiming tag in late December and has won four lifetime starts by a combined 38 lengths.

The complete Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 field (with trainer and morning line odds provided by odds maker Mike Battaglia): #1 Anothertwistafate (Blaine Wright, 30-1); #2 Bodexpress (Gustavo Delgado, 20-1); #3 Bourbon War (Mark Hennig, 15-1); #4 By My Standards (Bret Calhoun, 12-1); #5 Code of Honor (Shug McGaugheyIII, 12-1); #6 Cutting Humor (Todd Pletcher, 15-1); #7 Galilean (Jerry Hollendorfer, 30-1); #8 Game Winner (Baffert, 8-1); #9 Haikal (Kiaran McLaughlin, 30-1); #10 Improbable (Baffert, 10-1); #11 Instagrand (Hollendorfer, 15-1); #12 Long Range Toddy (Steve Asmussen, 15-1); #13 Maximum Security (Jason Servis, 8-1); #14 Omaha Beach (Richard Mandella, 10-1); #15 Outshine (Pletcher, 30-1); #16 Plus Que Parfait (Brendan Walsh, 30-1); #17 Roadster (Baffert, 15-1); #18 Signalman (Kenny McPeek, 50-1); #19 Spinoff (Pletcher, 30-1); #20 Tacitus (Bill Mott, 30-1); #21 Vekoma(George Weaver, 20-1); #22 War of Will (Mark Casse, 15-1); #23 Win Win Win (Mike Trombetta, 50-1); and #24 “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (15-1).

Overall, Baffert is tied with Pletcher for the most entrants in Pool 4 of the KDFW. Along with Game Winner, Baffertconditions #10 Improbable and #17 Roadster while Pletcher trains #6 Cutting Humor, #15 Outshine, and #19 Spinoff.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race. The 145th running of Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and the first leg of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Bets can be placed at Churchill Downs Racetrack, and other online wagering outlets and satellite wagering centers across North America. There are no refunds in the future wagers. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of the three-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby, betting on the individual horse will be suspended.

Total handle for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on Nov. 22-25 was $258,389. “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 6-5 favorite with Game Winner at 5-1. The Pool 2 betting on Feb. 8-10 reached $533,977. Again, “All Other 3-Year-Olds” was the 5-2 favorite with Game Winner at 5-1. Pool 3 betting on March 8-10 yielded $385,464 – with “All Other 3-Year-Olds” notching favoritism at 9-2 with Game Winner at 6-1.

This is the 21st consecutive year that future wagering has been offered at Churchill Downs. Additional information and real-time odds are available online at

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.