Forbidden Kingdom Runs Into Favored Status in KDFW Pool 4

Forbidden Kingdom-KDFW Pool 4

Fresh off the heels of his dominant San Felipe Stakes win, Forbidden Kingdom opened as the 5/1 favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Pool 4. That pool opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

Forbidden Kingdom-KDFW Pool 4This daylight victory in last Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park is one big reason why Forbidden Kingdom is the 5/1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. (Image: Benoit Photo)

It runs concurrently with the lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) pool. There, Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia put 4/1 favorite status on Echo Zulu.

Both pools open Friday at noon ET. The KDFW closes Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, with the KOFW closing 30 minutes later. Win and Exacta bets are available on both pools, with a special Derby-Oaks Future Double added to the wagering menu.

Forbidden Kingdom is the first pre-pool favorite not named Smile Happy in this season’s KDFW future pool. That colt, a favorite of Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, who owns Smile Happy’s sire, Runhappy, opened this pool at 6/1. He closed at 8/1 in the first three KDFW pools. Those are the same odds as “All Other 3-Year-Olds” — a.k.a. the Field.

Why is Forbidden Kingdom the KDFW favorite? See ‘San Felipe’

Given recency bias in many bettors, don’t expect Forbidden Kingdom’s odds to drift. Especially as more horseplayers see his 5 3/4-length dismantling of the San Felipe field in his first trip around two turns.

Not far behind are Risen Star winner Epicenter (8/1) and last week’s Fountain of Youth winner Simplification (12/1).

Eight newcomers find their way into this KDFW pool, headed by Gotham Stakes winner Morello, who opens at 10/1. Rebel Stakes surprise winner Un Ojo joins the pool at 50/1. The other newcomers are Charge It (30/1), Cyberknife (50/1), Rebel runner up Ethereal Road (50/1), Pioneer of Medina (30/1), Sam F. Davis runner-up Shipsational (50/1) and Zosus (50/1).

2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager–Pool 4

 
Trainer
Odds

Barber Road
John Ortiz
50/1

Call Me Midnight
Keith Desormeaux
50/1

Charge It
Todd Pletcher
30/1

Classic Causeway
Brian Lynch
15/1

Cyberknife
Brad Cox
50/1

Early Voting
Chad Brown
30/1

Emmanuel
Todd Pletcher
15/1

Epicenter
Steve Asmussen
8/1

Ethereal Road
D. Wayne Lukas
50/1

Forbidden Kingdom
Richard Mandella
5/1

In Due Time
Kelly Breen
30/1

Major General
Todd Pletcher
50/1

Mo Donegal
Todd Pletcher
12/1

Morello
Steve Asmussen
10/1

Pioneer of Medina
Todd Pletcher
30/1

Rattle N Roll
Kenny McPeek
20/1

Shipsational
Ed Courville
50/1

Simplification
Antonio Sano
12/1

Smile Happy
Kenny McPeek
6/1

Un Ojo
Ricky Courville
50/1

White Abarrio
Saffie Joseph Jr.
15/1

Zandon
Chad Brown
12/1

Zozos
Brad Cox
50/1

All Other 3-Year-Olds

6/1

Echo Zulu, the 2021 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly, is the easy favorite. The Gun Runner filly is unbeaten in four races, most recently a 5 1/4-length victory in November’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. That was her third Grade 1 score as a juvenile. She has yet to open her 3-year-old season, which may come at the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks.

Not far behind at 6/1 is standout Secret Oath, one of the hottest horses of any gender in the country. The Honeybee Stakes winner, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, won her last three races by a combined 23 lengths.

2022 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Trainer
Odds

A Mo Reay
Todd Pletcher
30/1

Ain’t Easy
Phil D’Amato
20/1

Awake At Midnyte
Doug O’Neill
20/1

Bernabreezy
Matt Shirer
50/1

Bubble Rock
Brad Cox
30/1

Classy Edition
Todd Pletcher
15/1

Echo Zulu
Steve Asmussen
4/1

Fannie and Freddie
Al Stall Jr.
30/1

Favor
Todd Pletcher
20/1

Goddess of Fire
Todd Pletcher
20/1

Hidden Connection
Bret Calhoun
50/1

Ice Orchid
John Ortiz
50/1

Juju’s Map
Brad Cox
10/1

Kathleen O.
Shug McGaughey
8/1

Nest
Todd Pletcher
8/1

Nostalgic
Bill Mott
20/1

Sandstone
Kenny McPeek
15/1

Secret Oath
D. Wayne Lukas
6/1

Shahama
Todd Pletcher
30/1

Turnerloose
Brad Cox
15/1

Venti Valentine
Jorge Abreu
15/1

Veterans Highway
Rusty Arnold
50/1

Yuugiri
Rodolphe Brisset
50/1

All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies

10/1

The Kentucky Oaks is May 6, one day before the 148th Kentucky Derby. You can get past performances for all the KDFW and KOFW horses here.

The fifth and final KDFW pool is March 31-April 2. Unlike the other pools, that one ends before the Saturday, April 2 Derby preps.

Author: Justin Graves