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Kathmanblu Is New Favorite Heading Into Final Day of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/13/2011 #

Kathmanblu (#11), an impressive winner of Churchill Downs’ Golden Rod (GII) and the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds, supplanted Las Virgenes (GI) winner Zazu as the favorite to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 6 at Churchill Downs as the lone pool of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) headed into its final day.

The Ken McPeek-trained Kathmanblu was the 9-2 fans’ choice among 24 betting KOFW interests at the conclusion of Saturday’s second day of the three-day betting pool.  Zazu, a stretch-running gray filly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss of Zenyatta fame and trained by John Sadler, is the 5-1 second choice.  The mutuel field (#24), which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in the pool, was next at 8-1.

Racing fans wagered $28,874 in win and exacta bets on the second day of the Oaks Future pool for a two-day total of $39,076.  The final session of the three-day pool will open at noon (all times Eastern) on Sunday, March 13 and betting will conclude at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the close of Pool 2 of its companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The Kentucky Oaks Future bet is 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 $1 million Kentucky Oaks at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on the day of America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.  The Oaks, which attracted record on-track attendance of 116,046 in 2010, will be telecast live this year on NBC’s Versus network.

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

Seven of the 23 individual betting interests were in action on Saturday in the $100,000 Honeybee (GIII) at Oaklawn Park and the $75,000 Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs.  Both races were won by KOFW betting interests.

Joyful Victory (#10), making her first start for trainer J. Larry Jones, romped to an easy 8 ¾-length victory in the Honeybee. In her wake were KOFW fillies that included runner-up Holy Heavens (#7), fourth-place Salty Strike (#19) and Rigoletta (#17), who finished sixth.  Summer Soiree (#21), also trained by Jones, was a late scratch.

Wyomia (#22) got here 2011 campaign off to a successful start when she won the Seacoast by a head, while Miss Smarty Pants (#13) finished sixth and Royal Delta (#18) finished ninth.

                      

KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER

March 11-13

Day 2, Saturday, March 11

#

Wagering Interest

Morning Line

Fri., March 11

Sat., March 12

1

A Z Warrior

15-1

18-1

23-1

2

Big Tiz

20-1

52-1

32-1

3

Bouquet Booth

20-1

15-1

39-1

4

Dancinginherdreams

10-1

11-1

9-1

5

Delightful Mary

15-1

14-1

21-1

6

Harlan’s Ruby

20-1

57-1

58-1

7

Holy Heavens

50-1

72-1

91-1

8

Inglorious

30-1

18-1

28-1

9

It’s Tricky

10-1

28-1

19-1

10

Joyful Victory

20-1

27-1

10-1

11

Kathmanblu

12-1

5-1

9-2

12

Mildly Offensive

50-1

17-1

27-1

13

Miss Smarty Pants

50-1

32-1

34-1

14

Oh Carole

50-1

44-1

42-1

15

Pomeroys Pistol

30-1

99-1

99-1

16

R Heat Lightning

8-1

12-1

7-1

17

Rigoletta

30-1

50-1

45-1

18

Royal Delta

20-1

27-1

28-1

19

Salty Strike

30-1

93-1

89-1

20

Snow Fall

50-1

55-1

59-1

21

Summer Soiree

50-1

67-1

87-1

22

Wyomia

50-1

59-1

36-1

23

Zazu

8-1

9-2

5-1

24

Mutuel Field (All Other 3YO Fillies)

5-2

6-1

8-1

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