Essential Quality, Life Is Good top Pool 4 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

TwinSpires Staff

March 2nd, 2021

Reigning juvenile champion Essential Quality and the Bob Baffert-trained Life Is Good have been tabbed as the early individual favorites in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which will be held this week from Friday until Sunday.

Essential Quality, who returned to action last weekend with an impressive victory in the Southwest (G3), is 7-2 on the morning line. Life Is Good, who captured the Sham (G3) in January and is expected to compete in Saturday's San Felipe (G2), is listed at 4-1, while Fountain of Youth (G2) and Holy Bull (G3) scorer Greatest Honour, at 6-1, is the only other entry listed at single-digit odds.

In addition to the San Felipe, other point-scoring Derby preps on Saturday include the Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct and the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

Pool 4 of the KDFW runs concurrently with the lone pool of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW). In addition to Win and Exacta betting, a $1 Oaks/Derby Future Double is part of the wagering menu.

The wagers will open Friday at noon (ET) and the KDFW will close Sunday at 6 p.m. Betting on the KDFW is available at

The KDFW, which include $2 Win and Exacta wagering, provide fans with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race. The 147th running of Kentucky Derby is set for May 1 at Churchill Downs.

There are no refunds in the KDFW. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of this week's 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 immediately.

More information and real-time odds are available online at

Pool 5 of the KDFW, the lone remaining pool, will span Mar. 26-28.