Champion Halfbridled and unbeaten Madcap Escapade are solid favorites for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Future Wager, which opens its four-day run on April 1. The Richard Mandella-trained Halfbridled was favored in each of this year's previous Oaks Future pools, closing as the 3-1 choice in February's opening pool and the 7-2 selection in Pool 2 in mid-March. Halfbridled is coming off a runner-up finish to Silent Sighs in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), her first career loss, and has been installed as the 3-1 favorite in Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's Pool 3 morning line. Madcap Escapade, a daughter of Hennessy trained by Frank Brothers, romped to an easy 4 3/4-length victory in the Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in her most recent start. She has won her three career outings by a combined margin of 26 1/2-lengths. Battaglia has installed Madcape Escapade at 4-1in his morning line for Pool 3. Halfbridled and Madcap Escapade will meet for the first time in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. There are 24 wagering interests in each Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool, which include a mutuel field made up of all 3-year-old fillies other than the pool's 23 individual fillies. Other major contenders in Pool 3 include Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Ashado (8-1), Las Virgenes (gr. I) winner A.P. Adventure (12-1), Bonnie Miss (gr. II) winner Last Song (15-1), Forward Gal runner-up La Reina (15-1) and Santa Ynez (gr. II) winner Yearly Report (15-1). Battaglia has listed the mutuel field is listed as a 20-1 risk. New For Pool Three are Bohemian Lady, Elusive Diva, Irish Melody, Island Sand, Wildwood Flower. Dropped from Pool Two are Eye Dazzler (wagering suspended before the pool opened), Friendly Michelle, Rare Gift, Salty Romance, Society SelectionBetting in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will open a noon (all times Eastern) on April 1 and will continue through April 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The wager, which is being conducted in three pools for the first time, attracted total betting of $46,151 in February's opening pool and $66,425 in Pool 2. Last year's inaugural Oaks Future Wager was offered in a single pool in April, which attracted betting of $117,368.Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Poole Three Includes: # - Horse Morning Line Odds 1. A.P. Adventure 12-1 2. Ashado 8-1 3. Bohemian Lady 20-1 4. Class Above 30-1 5. Daydreaming 30-1 6. Elusive Diva 50-1 7. Ender's Sister 20-1 8. Galloping Gal 50-1 9. Halfbridled 3-1 10. Hollywood Story 30-1 11. House of Fortune 30-1 12. Irish Melody 50-1 13. Island Sand 50-1 14. La Reina 15-1 15. Last Song 15-1 16. Madcap Escapade 4-1 17. Miss Coronado 30-1 18. Shadow Cast 50-1 19. Silent Sighs 10-1 20. Stellar Jayne 50-1 21. Victory U.S.A. 30-1 22. Wildwood Flower 50-1 23. Yearly Report 15-1 24. All Other 3 YO Fillies 20-1