Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Steve Queen
A 9 1/2-length romp by Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable (#23) in last week’s Rachel Alexandra (Grade III) at Fair Grounds made her a rising star
on the road to the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), and the authority of that victory left such a strong impression that the daughter of Tapit closed as
the narrow overall favorite among 24 wagering interests in Churchill Downs’ 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).
The Steve Asmussen-trained Untapable,
who also won September’s Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs and is
unbeaten in two starts over the Kentucky Oaks track, edged the always
Mutuel Field, or “All Others” (#24), to be the 5-1 favorite when
wagering in the three-day Kentucky Oaks Future pool concluded at 4:45
p.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday.
Others” bet, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23
individual wagering interests in the Kentucky Oaks Future Pool, also
closed at 5-1, but slightly more was wagered on
Untapable to make the Asmussen filly the overall bettor’s choice. Should
Untapable win the Oaks, she would return $12 for a $2 wager, while the
Mutuel Field would return $13.60 if one of its members won the race on
Friday, May 2, the eve of the Kentucky
Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.
other fillies attracted strong support in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future
Pool, which opened its wagering at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27. Chief
among them was the Charles Fipke’s Unbridled
Forever (#22, 8-1), winner of the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds last time out for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Stewart also trained the filly’s dam, Lemons Forever, who scored the
biggest upset in the history of the Kentucky Oaks when she won its 2006
renewal at odds of 47-1. The Todd Pletcher-trained Onlyforyou (#12, 9-1),
winner of the recent Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park to remain
unbeaten in four career races, was the pool’s overall fourth choice at
the close of wagering.
Also drawing solid support in the KOFW pool were Dame Dorothy (#6, 13-1), unbeaten in two starts for Pletcher and her owner, celebrity chef Bobby Flay; Ria Antonia (#15, 14-1),
winner via disqualification of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and now trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Bob Baffert; She’s a Tiger (#18, 15-1), the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013 despite a disqualification from first to second
in the Breeders’ Cup race and winner of the Del Mar Debutante for trainer Jeff Bonde; and Spinaway (GI) winner Sweet Reason (#20, 17-1), fourth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI).
Wagering during the three-day KOFW pool totaled $81,234, which included $54,571 in
win bets and $26,662 in exacta wagers.
Kentucky Oaks Future Wager provides racing fans the opportunity to wager
on candidates for the Kentucky Oaks well in advance of America’s
premier race for 2-year-old fillies at odds that could
be much more attractive than those available on the day of the race. It
is a $2 minimum win wager and also provides exacta betting. Exactas are
also $2 minimum bets, but can also be made in $1 increments in boxes,
wheels and part-wheel combinations if the wager
totals at least $2. Winning payouts in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager
are determined by the odds that were in place at the conclusion of
betting in the pool.