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Blind Luck Still Favored In Kentucky Oaks Futures Despite Upset Loss In Santa Anita Oaks

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/07/2010 #
  • Crisp (#2 under Joel Rosario) holds off All Due Respect (obscured inside) and favored Blind Luck in the Santa Anita Oaks.

She suffered a surprising defeat earlier in the day at the hands of Crisp in the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I), but Blind Luck remained a solid 9-2 favorite to win the 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) as the second of three days betting concluded late Saturday in Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).

Blind Luck rallied strongly late, but had to settle for third as the heavy favorite in the Santa Anita Oaks. Yet the setback had little impact on overall odds in late wagering on the second of three days of KOFW betting. The daughter of Pollard’s Vision had been the pool’s 4-1 favorite following Friday’s opening day of the pool, and her odds drifted up only slightly after her setback at Santa Anita. The pool’s second choice at 6-1 is Christine Daae, who has yet to compete in a stakes race but scored an impressive win in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race last Sunday at Gulfstream Park. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the KOFW pool’s 23 individual horses, was the 7-1 third choice and Davona Dale (GII) winner Amen Hallelujah was next 9-1.

Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp closed at 19-1 after she had opened the day’s betting at 21-1. Despite her big effort, runner-up All Due Respect remained a 66-1 risk.

Kentucky Oaks fans wagered $18,434 on Saturday to lift the pool’s total to $27,785. Sunday’s final day of betting in the KOFW pool is set to resume at noon (all times EST) on Sunday, March 7. .Wagering will conclude at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the close of betting in the companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks Future Wager provides racing fans the opportunity to place an early pari-mutuel wager on contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks will be run on Friday, April 30 – the eve of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). The Kentucky Oaks Future bet is a $2 minimum “win” wager. There are no scratches and no refunds in the Oaks Future Bet.

More information and real time odds on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are available under "Contenders" at www.kentuckyoaks.com, the official Kentucky Oaks event Web Site.