Earliest Kentucky Derby Future Betting Begins

11/25/2013 01:02 PM

For the first time ever, racing fans have opportunities for deals on contenders for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby during Thanksgiving week.

Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens a four-day run at noon on November 27 and will close on November 30 prior to post time of either the $400,000 Remsen (Grade II) at Aqueduct or Churchill Downs’ $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) — whichever comes first.

The opportunities for Derby contender shopping are being offered earlier than ever during the pool’s 16-year history.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, launched by Churchill Downs in 1999, is a pari-mutuel wager that allows racing fans the opportunity to wager on potential Derby contenders well in advance of the race at odds that could be significantly more attractive than those available on the day of the classic race.

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