West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm and Dee Hubbard’s daughter of Dixie Union stood as the 9-5 fan’s choice after the opening session of the four-day wager. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained filly won the March 1 Davona Dale by 3 3/4 lengths for her fourth consecutive victory. She had been listed as a 12-1 risk in Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s morning line odds for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. Stardom Bound, a five-time Grade I stakes winner and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, was the 9-2 second choice and Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and a heavy favorite in Saturday’s Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), was the 5-1 third choice at the conclusion of Thursday’s betting.
The $2 minimum wager allows bettors to bet on contenders for the Kentucky Oaks (GI), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies, at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) is scheduled for Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Betting on the opening day of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager totaled $5,889.
Wagering on the Oaks Future Bet is scheduled to resume at noon (all times EDT) on Friday, March 13. The pool will conclude on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the close of betting in Pool 2 of the companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Real time odds and other information on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Oaks event Web site at http://www.kentuckyoaks.com.