LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 15, 2009) – The powerhouse duo of champion Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra figured to be the top stories in the only pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) of 2009, but it was rising star Justwhistledixie who stole the show and ended up as the favorite over that powerhouse duo as four days of Oaks Future betting drew to a close Sunday evening.

Justwhistledixie held on to the favorite’s spot in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager despite an impressive victory by Rachel Alexandra in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks and last week’s win by reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound in the Santa Anita Oaks (GI). But neither of that star duo could overhaul Justwhistedixie for the favorite’s spot in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool.

Rachel Alexandra, winner by an easy 1 ¾ lengths in the Fair Grounds Oaks, was the 3-1 third choice in the Kentucky Oaks Future bet when wagering concluded on Sunday evening. Stardom Bound, a winner of five consecutive Grade I stakes races, was the 9-2 third choice when betting on the March 12-15 Kentucky Oaks Future pool ended Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). The Oaks pool closed 30 minutes later than its companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which wrapped up its second of three 2009 pools at 6 p.m.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, $2 minimum wager and a “win” bet only, allows fans to wager 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), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies, is scheduled for Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.

A total of $72,628 was wagered during the Oaks Future bet’s four-day run. It marked the second time the wager had been conducted in a single-pool format and the first since the wager’s introduction in 2003.

Despite the impressive records of the top three fillies on the betting roster, there was solid support for the mutuel field, or “all others” betting interest, which closed at 7-1. That betting interest included all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in the pool had opened Sunday’s betting at 9-1 and was 10-1 in the pool’s morning line.

After the top four choices, odds were mostly long on Kentucky Oaks Future Wager contenders. Fitz Just Right, a winner of three of four races for McLaughlin who is coming off a win in the Ocala Breeders’ Championships, closed at 22-1. Bon Jovi Girl, third in Sunday’s Honeybee (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, closed at 35-1. The winner of the Honeybee, the Larry Jones-trained Just Jenda, was a 54-1 risk at the conclusion of Sunday’s betting. Haka, a solid runner-up to Stardom Bound in the Las Virgenes (GI), closed at odds of 30-1, while Elusive Heat, a 13 ¼-length winner in a Gulfstream Park allowance race last time out, closed at 28-1. Hollywood Futurity (GI) winner Laragh, third to Stardom Bound in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), was a 40-1 risk. Dream Empress, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, closed at 65-1 after she finished a disappointing sixth on turf in Sunday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride (GIII) at Gulfstream Park.

Final 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.

KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER STATISTICS
Wagering Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Total
2009 $72,628 (single pool) $72,628
2008 $65,219 $62,503 $47,116 $174,838
2007 $66,206 $55,840 $71,040 $193,086****
2006 $66,548 $54,054 $51,212 $171,814
2005 $69,928 $53,106 $49,445 $172,479
2004 $66,425 $46,151 $45,635 $158,211
2003 $117,368** (single pool) $117,368**
KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER MUTUEL PAYOUTS
Wagering Payout Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Oaks Payout
2008 Proud Spell $15.60 $14.20 $15.60 $8.80*
2007 Rags to Riches $9.60 $10.00* $5.00* $5.00*
2006 Lemons Forever $9.00 (f)* $11.00 (f)* $26.00 (f) $96.20
2005 Summerly $31.80 $15.00 $28.40 $11.20
2004 Ashado $48.40*** $21.00 $17.80 $6.60*
2003 Bird Town $33.60 No Pool No Pool $38.40
*Favorite **KOFW single pool wagering record ***KOFW win payout record
****KOFW total wagering (three pools) record (f) – Mutuel field


2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager – FINAL ODDS
# Wagering Interest Morning
Line odds
Day 1
Odds
Day 2
odds
Day 3
Odds
FINAL
ODDS
$2 Will
Pay
1 Be Fair 20-1 33-1 40-1 44-1 48-1 $98.40
2 Bon Jovi Girl 20-1 32-1 22-1 25-1 35-1 $73.40
3 Devotee 20-1 99-1 63-1 57-1 73-1 $148.20
4 Dream Empress 15-1 40-1 56-1 53-1 65-1 $132.00
5 Elusive Heat 10-1 34-1 39-1 40-1 38-1 $78.80
6 Empressive Lady 20-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 $318.00
7 Fitz Just Right 20-1 85-1 28-1 25-1 22-1 $46.60
8 Four Gifts 20-1 99-1 94-1 88-1 76-1 $155.60
9 Frolic’s Dream 20-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 $286.00
10 Haka 30-1 19-1 33-1 27-1 30-1 $63.00
11 Just Jenda 20-1 99-1 61-1 68-1 54-1 $110.00
12 Justwhistledixie 12-1 9-5 9-5 2-1 5-2 $7.60
13 Laragh 15-1 31-1 26-1 33-1 40-1 $82.80
14 Nan 30-1 71-1 56-1 44-1 39-1 $81.40
15 Our Dahlia 30-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 $227.20
16 Persistently 20-1 66-1 57-1 63-1 60-1 $122.60
17 Rachel Alexandra 6-1 5-1 4-1 7-2 3-1 $8.40
18 Renda 50-1 81-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 $342.20
19 Rock Candy 30-1 56-1 79-1 79-1 99-1 $203.80
20 Sky Diva 20-1 15-1 28-1 33-1 36-1 $74.20
21 Stardom Bound 5-1 9-2 6-1 7-2 9-2 $11.20
22 Third Dawn 50-1 97-1 63-1 45-1 39-1 $81.80
23 What A Pear 15-1 37-1 33-1 31-1 22-1 $46.80
24 Mutuel Field
(“All Others”)
10-1 10-1 9-1 9-1 7-1 $17.60
TOTAL WAGERING: $72,628
Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia