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'All Others' Strong Morning Line Choice For 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Pool; Exactas Added

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/10/2011 #

With major stars Awesome Feather and Turbulent Descent unlikely to make the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), this week’s lone three-day betting pool for Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) looms as a wide-open affair and the mutuel field, or “all others,” appears likely to emerge as a strong betting favorite.

 Wagering on the March 11-13 pool opens at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday and will, for the first time in its nine-year history, include exacta wagering.  Betting on the three-day KOFW pool will conclude on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. – 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second of three pools in its companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager.  The Kentucky Oaks Future bet will be offered at racetracks and off-track betting centers throughout North America, and through Twinspires.com and other advance deposit wagering outlets. 

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers fans the opportunity bet on contenders for the 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks, which will carry a record purse of $1 million, at odds that could be much more attractive than those available when America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies is run on Friday, May 6, at Churchill Downs.  The Oaks, which attracted record on-track attendance of 116,046 in 2010, will be telecast live on NBC’s Versus network.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia foresees Davona Dale (GII) winner R Heat Lightning (#16) and Las Virgenes winner (GI) and Santa Anita Oaks runner-up (GI) Zazu (#23) as the strongest candidates for favoritism among the 23 individual fillies on the list of 24 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager betting interests.  But the mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than those 23 horses, that is a strong 5-2 favorite in Battaglia’s morning line odds for the 2011 Oaks Future bet.

Notably absent from the roster of betting interests for the Oaks Future pool are unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Awesome Feather and Santa Anita Oaks winner Turbulent Descent.  Both fillies were potential members of the pool at low odds, but trainer Mike Puype last week ruled out the Kentucky Oaks for Turbulent Descent, who will instead focus on races at distances shorter than the Oaks’ 1 1/8 miles, and Awesome Feather, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) last fall at Churchill Downs, has been slowed by injury and only recently returned to light training for trainer Chad Brown.

R Heat Lightning, a daughter of Trippi trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Todd Pletcher, won the Spinaway (GI) at Saratoga at two and completed that season with a runner-up finish to champion Awesome Feather in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.  She has a record of 3-3-0 in seven races for R. Paul Robsham Stables and has earned $772,800.  Zazu, a gray daughter of Tapit trained by John Sadler and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss of Zenyatta fame, has won two of seven races and handed Turbulent Descent her only loss in the Las Virgenes.

Other fillies that figure to attract significant attention during the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager’s weekend run include Davona Dale (GII) runner-up and Pocahontas (GII) winner Dancinginherdreams (#4); It’s Tricky (#9), winner of the recent Busher at Aqueduct; Kathmanblu (#11), winner of the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and the recent Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds; Delightful Mary (#5), third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Frizette and A Z Warrior (#1), winner of the Frizette (GI) and third in the Santa Anita Oaks.

Ken McPeek leads all trainers with three KOFW 2011 fillies (Harlan’s Ruby [#6], Kathmanblu and Salty Strike {#19]), while J. Larry Jones, who won the 2008 Kentucky Oaks with Proud Spell, trains two of the fillies in the pool (Joyful Victory [#10] and Summer Soiree {#21]).

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager’s win and exacta bets are $2 minimum wagers.  No refunds will be made on any wager made during the KOFW pool.  If it is determined during any pool that an individual horse has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent the betting interest from competing in the Kentucky Oaks, wagering on that filly will be suspended immediately.

Wagering interests for the Kentucky OaksFuture Wager are chosen by a three-member committee that includes Daily Racing Form national handicapper Mike Watchmaker and West Coast correspondent Brad Free, and John Asher, vice president of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs.

 

 

KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER

March 11-13

Program #

Wagering Interest

Morning Line Odds

1

A Z Warrior

15-1

2

Big Tiz

20-1

3

Bouquet Booth

20-1

4

Dancinginherdreams

10-1

5

Delightful Mary

15-1

6

Harlan’s Ruby

20-1

7

Holy Heavens

50-1

8

Inglorious

30-1

9

It’s Tricky

10-1

10

Joyful Victory

20-1

11

Kathmanblu

12-1

12

Mildly Offensive

50-1

13

Miss Smarty Pants

50-1

14

Oh Carole

50-1

15

Pomeroys Pistol

30-1

16

R Heat Lightning

8-1

17

Rigoletta

30-1

18

Royal Delta

20-1

19

Salty Strike

30-1

20

Snow Fall

50-1

21

Summer Soiree

50-1

22

Wyomia

50-1

23

Zazu

8-1

24

Mutuel Field (All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies)

5-2

Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia