Churchill Downs Racetrack’s only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) betting pool for 2013 features reigning 2-year-old filly champion Beholder; major
stakes winners Dreaming of Julia, Executiveprivilege and Live Lively and an array of rising 3-year-old filly stars, but fans are expected to settle on the Mutuel Field (#24), also known as “All Others”, as the favorite in
this week’s three-day betting pool.
Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia
has installed “All Others” as the 3-1 favorite in his morning line odds
for the 2013 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which runs concurrent with its
companion Kentucky Derby
. Betting on both wagers will open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday, March 1
. Wagering in the Derby pool will conclude at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, while betting on the Oaks pool will close at 6:30 p.m.
The Kentucky Oaks
Future Wager offers racing fans an opportunity to bet on potential
contenders for America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies well in
advance of the race at odds that could be significantly
more attractive than those that will be available in Kentucky Oaks Day
The $1 million-guaranteed Kentucky Oaks
will be run for the 139th
consecutive year at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 3, the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky
Oaks will be televised live from 5-6 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network
Like its companion
Kentucky Derby Future Wager, the Oaks Future pool offers $2 minimum win
betting and exacta wagering, which is available in the form of $2
minimum straight exacta bets or $1 minimum exacta
boxes and part-wheels. No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in
the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, but betting on an individual filly will
be suspended immediately if Churchill Downs determines that an injury,
illness or other circumstance revealed during
the pool would prevent that horse from competing in the Kentucky Oaks.
The “All Others”
wagering interests includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23
individual betting interests in the Oaks Future Pool. The favored
individual fillies in Battaglia’s morning line are
the Ken McPeek
-trained Hollywood Starlet (GI) winner Pure Fun (#15)
and Unlimited Budget (#23)
, who ran her unbeaten string for trainer Todd Pletcher
to three with a victory in the Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds.
Battalglia lists both fillies at 10-1
sewed up the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly when the
daughter of Henny Hughes rolled to a front-running victory in the Grey
Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) at Santa Anita.
But the Richard Mandella
-trained filly finished second to Renee’s Titan (#16, 20-1)
in her 2013 debut in the Santa Ynez (GII) at Santa Anita and is listed by Battaglia as a 15-1
Kentucky Oaks Future risk.
expect to attract strong support in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool
include Frizette (GI) winner Dreaming of Julia (#5, 12-1); Live Lively
(#10, 12-1), who defeated Dreaming of Julia in
last week’s Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park; and Midnight Lucky (#11, 12-1)
, an impressive winner of her lone start at Santa Anita.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott
has four fillies among the Oaks Future betting interests to lead all trainers. Mott’s fillies are Calistoga (#2, 20-1)
, Close Hatches (#4, 20-1)
) and Flashy Gray (#9, 15-1)
Information on the Kentucky Oaks is available online at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyOaks.com
and KDFW real-time
odds will be presented on that site throughout each three-day betting pool.
The individual wagering interests for the KOFW pool are chosen by a committee that includes Brad Free
and Mike Watchmaker
of Daily Racing Form; Brisnet.com
Director Ed DeRosa
; and Churchill Downs’ John Asher