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Mar 30, 2012

Union Rags favored in final Kentucky Derby Future Wager


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Union Rags, the leading contender for this year's Run for the Roses, has been made the morning-line favorite for the final Kentucky Derby Future Wager of the year. The co-second picks are champion colt Hansen and the mutuel field.

The Future Wager, comprised of 23 individual three-year-olds plus the mutuel field, starts Friday at noon (ET) and concludes Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

Union Rags, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes last month, is the 3-1 early favorite among the 24 betting interests. Trained by Michael Matz, the colt will start Saturday in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. At the close of the second Future Wager, Union Rags was the 4-1 second choice.

Eclipse Award winner Hansen and the mutuel field are both 6-1 in the morning- line. Hansen won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in his last start and will go in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14.

Hansen was 9-1 and the field was the 3-1 favorite in the last Future Wager.

Here are the 24 betting interests for the third Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Number Wagering Interest Morning line odds Final odds:

1. Alpha 20-1

2. Bodemeister 12-1

3. Creative Cause 10-1

4. Daddy Nose Best 15-1

5. Dullahan 30-1

6. El Padrino 12-1

7. Gemologist 20-1

8. Hansen 6-1

9. Great Howe 30-1

10. I'll Have Another 20-1

11. Liaison 30-1

12. Mark Valeski 30-1

13. Midnight Transfer 50-1

14. My Adonis 50-1

15. News Pending 50-1

16. On Fire Baby (filly) 50-1

17. Optimizer 50-1

18. Prospective 50-1

19. Sabercat 50-1

20. Secret Circle 15-1

21. Take Charge Indy 50-1

22. Union Rags 3-1

23. Went the Day Well 30-1

24. All Other 3YOs (field) 6-1

The 138th Run for the Roses will be conducted on Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.

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