Edited Churchill Downs press release
Wild Fit, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Las Virgenes (gr. I) in her last two races, is listed as the 6-1 co-favorite with 'all other 3-year-old fillies' in the second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW), which launches its four-day run March 2 at North American racetracks and simulcast wagering centers.
The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual wagering interests in the Oaks Future bet, was the 7-2 favorite at the end of January's opening pool of 2006. Wagering in that Jan. 26-29 pool totaled $66,548. That betting total was the second largest for an individual betting pool since the Oaks Future bet went to its three-pool format in 2004. The wager is entering its fourth year and was introduced in 2003 in a single-pool format.
Wild Fit, who had yet to make her 3-year-old debut when the first four-day Oaks Future pool was conducted, still closed as the 7-1 third choice in that pool. The gray daughter of Wild Wonder, who was purchased in November for $3 million by Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, has since turned in a strong runner-up finish to Balance in the Las Virgenes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Folklore, last year's champion 2-year-old filly and winner of the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), closed as the 6-1 second choice in Pool 1. Her morning line odds for Pool 2 climbed to 12-1 after trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced that she would bypass a planned start in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 12, but Folklore remained a wagering interest in the pool when Lukas advised a Churchill Downs official that the champion was still a possible starter in the Kentucky Oaks.
Wagering in Pool 2 of the KOFW will open at noon (EST) March 2 and will continue through 6:30 p.m. March 5.
"It's still early enough on the road to the Kentucky Oaks that there is uncertainty surrounding some major contenders, so the mutuel field should get plenty of support in Pool 2," said Battaglia. "Although she has finished second in her last two races, Wild Fit was very impressive in both and figures to again draw a lot of Pool 2 support from Oaks fans. Balance was very impressive in beating Wild Fit in the Las Virgenes, Folklore is still the champion, and there are eight new fillies among the pool's individual wagering interests, so it should be a pool that offers plenty of value for fans who are looking to have some fun and get a great price on the Kentucky Oaks winner."
The nine new wagering interests in Pool 2 include: Crystal Current, India, Joint Effort, Misty Rosette, Private World, Sierra Sweetie, Sweet Belle and Sweet Sugaree. Fillies dropped from Pool 1 included: Dance Daily, Daytime Promise, Seam Seeker, Sensation, Silvestris, Somethinaboutbetty, Sugar Swirl, and Yachats. 2006 KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER POOL 2
Program--Horse Name, ODDS
4--Better Now, 30-1
5--Celestial Legend, 20-1
6--Crystal Current, 20-1
7--Diplomat Lady, 30-1
8--Ex Caelis, 30-1
10--French Park, 15-1
12--Itty Bitty Pretty, 15-1
13--Joint Effort, 20-1
14--Misty Rosette, 30-1
15--Original Spin, 20-1
16--Private World, 30-1
18--Sierra Sweetie, 30-1
19--Sweet Belle, 30-1
20--Sweet Sugaree, 50-1
21--Wait A While, 8-1
22--Wild Fit, 6-1
23--Wonder Lady Anne L, 20-1
24--All Other 3-year-old fillies, 6-1
Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia