Halfbridled Tops Pool 1 of Ky. Oaks Wager

Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old filly of 2003, is the favorite in the initial pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, closing as the 7-2 choice when four days of wagering concluded Sunday.

The Richard Mandella-trained daughter of 1990 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Unbridled had been favored since the pool opened Thursday. A member of both the Oaks & Derby Future Wager pools, Halfbridled finished at 22-1 in the Derby pool. Halfbridled, who could give Mandella his first Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) victory, is scheduled to make her 2004 debut in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) on March 13.

The Oaks Future Wager, which was offered for the first time during the month of February, closed with total wagering of $66,425, which included $41,190 pushed through mutuel windows on Sunday. The only previous KOFW pool took place last April when $117,368 was wagered.

The mutuel field, which is comprised of all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, closed as the 5-1 second choice -- down slightly from her 6-1 closing price on Saturday evening.

The biggest mover of the weekend was Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade, who won Gulfstream's Old Hat by nearly 12 lengths on Saturday. The daughter of Hennessy, who is trained by Frank Brothers, finished at 7-1. She started Saturday's wagering at 30-1 and was hammered down to 9-1 by Saturday evening.

Bob & Beverly Lewis' A. P. Adventure, who took Sunday's Las Virgenes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, finished the wagering at 9-1, up slightly from Saturday's 8-1 close. Her Las Virgenes win came after the close of Oaks Future betting.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is being offered in three pools for the first time, with Pool 2 scheduled for March 11-14. The third and final pool is set for April 1-4. The 130th running of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (GI) is April 30.

Other fillies that had attracted strong interest from Pool 1 bettors included George Krikorian's Hollywood Story (14-1), runner-up in the Las Virgenes; Padua Stables' Class Above (15-1), unplaced in the Las Virgenes; and Emory Hamilton's La Reina (19-1).

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager – Final Odds
(#) Wagering Interest Odds Will Pays
1. A. P. Adventure, 9-1 $ 21.00
2. Allswellthatnswell, 84-1 $171.80
3. Ashado, 23-1 $ 48.40
4. Cherry Bomb, 39-1 $ 80.00
5. Class Above, 15-1 $33.20
6. Eye Dazzler, 39-1 $120.20
7. Friendly Michelle, 40-1 $ 82.60
8. Halfbridled, 7-2 $ 9.00
9. Hollywood Story, 14-1 $ 31.20
10. House of Fortune, 67-1 $136.40
11. La Reina, 19-1 $ 41.00
12. Last Song, 39-1 $ 81.20
13. Lotta Kim, 25-1 $ 53.60
14. Madcap Escapade, 7-1 $ 16.40
15. Miss Coronado, 24-1 $ 51.80
16. Rahy Dolly, 67-1 $137.40
17. Saltwater Runner, 81-1 $164.80
18. Salty Romance, 74-1 $151.00
19. Silent Sighs, 41-1 $ 85.80
20. Society Selection, 34-1 $ 71.80
21. Victory U.S.A., 31-1 $ 65.60
22. Whoopi Cat, 38-1 $ 79.80
23. Yearly Report, 22-1 $ 47.20
24. All Other 3YO Fillies, 5-1 $ 12.60

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