LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After one day of wagering at Churchill Downs, Mike Battaglia's 5-2 morning-line favorite is still the favorite -- as it has been for 32 of his 40 prior favorites.
California Chrome's odds were up to 3-1 after early betting at the Churchill Downs in on-track wagering only. But bettors gave some others sharp movement once the windows opened on Friday. (Click the chart to the right for an expanded view of the updated odds.)
The biggest was Steve Asmussen's Tapiture, a 15-1 choice in Battaglia's opening line, soared up past 30-1 briefly before settling at 27-1 at the end of the day. Churchill Patrons also weren't fans of Vinceremos, up to 38-1 after opening at 30-1, nor Bob Baffert's Chitu, up to 25-1 after opening at 20-1.
So who were the bettors playing? It was longshot Friday, apparently. Commanding Curve was bet down to 26-1 after opening at 50-1. Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie, who opened at 50-1 was at 22-1 at the end of the day Friday. Vicar's In Trouble, 30-1 after drawing the No. 1 post, is down to 21-1 after scratches meant he moves out one slot, to the No. 2 hole, to start.
Todd Pletcher's Danza and James Jerkens' Wicked Strong are co-second choices at 8-1, with Wicked Strong receiving just slightly more support in bets to win ($8, to be exact).
Overall, just under $1 million was bet on track on the Derby Friday, a fraction of what is expected to be taken in Friday at Churchill and around the nation. The win, place and show pools combined for $349,594, with the Oaks-Derby double accounting for $264,534 and the Oaks-Woodford-Derby Pick Three $66,136.50.
An Oaks-Derby Double with Oaks winner Untapable and Derby favorite California Chrome would return $5.70.
(For an expanded image of the updated odds, click on the chart above right.)
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