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Blind Luck, Amen Hallelujah Should Be Popular, 'All Others' Is Morning Line Choice In Oaks Future Wager

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/04/2010 #
  • Silverbulletday winner Jody Slew (outside) is a major contender in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (Lynn Roberts photo)

Three-time Grade I stakes winner Blind Luck and rising star Amen Hallelujah are the favored individual fillies in Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”), but oddsmaker Mike Battaglia is betting that the mutuel field, or “all others,” will be the favored betting interest when the three-day pool wraps up early on Sunday evening.

Battaglia installed “all others” – a betting interest that includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual betting interests in the Oaks Future pool – as the narrow 4-1 choice in the 2010 pool. Blind Luck, expected to be a heavy favorite to score her fourth Grade I win in Saturday’s Santa Anita Oaks (GI), is close behind as the 5-1 second choice and the favored individual filly, while Amen Hallelujah, an impressive winner of last week’s Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream, is next at 6-1.

The three-day pool that opens at noon (all times EST) Friday, March 5 provides the only opportunity for racing fans to place an early wager on 3-year-old fillies that are contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. The 1 1/8-mile race is scheduled for Friday, April 30 – the eve of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Wagering in the pool will conclude Sunday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool runs concurrently with Pool 2 of the 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which also opens at noon Friday. The Derby pool will close on Sunday at 6 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the end of Oaks pool betting.

The Oaks Future bet provides fans with an opportunity to wager on contenders for the Kentucky Oaks weeks in advance of the race at odds that could be more attractive than those they would receive on the day of the race. The Kentucky Oaks Future bet is a $2 minimum “win” wager. There are no scratches and no refunds in the Oaks Future Bet. If Churchill Downs officials determine that injury or illness will prevent one of the individual fillies in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool from participating in the race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.

Eventual Preakness (GI) winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra won last year’s Kentucky Oaks by a record margin of 20 ¼ lengths, but she was not the favorite in the 2009 Oaks Future Bet. The bettor’s choice in the pool was Justwhistledixie, who closed as the 5-2 favorite over Rachel Alexandra (3-1) and Stardom Bound (9-2).

Christine Daae, an impressive allowance winner last week at Gulfstream Park, is listed 8-1. Other respected members of this year’s KOFW pool include 2009 2-year-old filly champion and Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) winner She Be Wild; Evening Jewel, a close runner-up to Blind Luck in the Las Virgenes (GI) at Santa Anita; and Switch, a close third in the Las Virgenes. Each of those fillies is listed at 12-1.

Information and real time odds on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available here.

2010 KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER (March 5-7)

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Wagering Interest

Morning Line

1

All Due Respect

50-1

2

Always A Princess

20-1

3

Amen Hallelujah

6-1

4

Beautician

50-1

5

Bickersons

30-1

6

Biofuel

30-1

7

Blind Luck

5-1

8

Christine Daae

8-1

9

Cozi Rosie

30-1

10

Crisp

30-1

11

Decelerator

30-1

12

Devil May Care

30-1

13

Eve Giselle

50-1

14

Evening Jewel

12-1

15

Joanie’s Catch

50-1

16

Jody Slew

15-1

17

Negligee

20-1

18

Quiet Temper

50-1

19

Sassy Image

30-1

20

She Be Wild

12-1

21

Streaker

50-1

22

Switch

12-1

23

Tidal Pool

20-1

24

All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies

 4-1            

Morning Line by Churchill Downs Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia