Smarty Jones Tops Derby Future Wager
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/1/2004 11:23:42 PM
Last Updated: 4/3/2004 12:34:15 AM

Undefeated Smarty Jones, the likely favorite in next weekend's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was the surprise leader following the first day of wagering in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Thursday.

Someday Farm's color bearer was listed at 7-1 as of 10:30 p.m. EST. The son of Elusive Quality   has won five in a row, including Oaklawn's Rebel March 20.

The field entry – all other 3-year-olds besides the 23 individual entries – is second choice in the wagering at 8-1. Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) favorite Wimbledon and Toyota Blue Grass-bound Lion Heart are at 11-1, followed by Rock Hard Ten (12-1), Master David (13-1), Eddington (17-1) and The Cliff's Edge, St Averil and Imperialism (all 18-1).

Good Value? How about Value Plus, the runner-up in the Florida Derby (gr. I), 40-1 currently from a morning line of 15-1. Or consider Illinois Derby (gr. II) contender Song of the Sword, the undefeated colt who is 70-1, up from an opening line of 12-1.

Real Time Future Wager Odds

The Kentucky Derby is May 1. Wagering in the final future pool wraps up Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Pool 3
# Horse, Odds, Wagered
1. Action This Day, 25-1, 801
2. Birdstone, 22-1, 956
3. Borrego, 30-1, 673
4. Eddington, 17-1, 1202
5. Eurosilver, 25-1, 829
6. Friends Lake, 20-1, 1047
7. Imperialism , 18-1, 1171
8. Limehouse, 40-1, 536
9. Lion Heart, 11-1, 1795
10. Master David, 13-1, 1577
11. Minister Eric, 30-1, 666
12. Preachinatthebar, 22-1, 981
13. Quintons Gold Rush, 30-1, 686
14. Read The Footnotes, 24-1, 893
15. Rock Hard Ten, 12-1, 1730
16. Sinister G, 35-1, 578
17. Smarty Jones, 7-1, 2693
18. Song Of The Sword, 70-1, 287
19. St Averil, 18-1, 1170
20. Tapit, 25-1, 755
21. The Cliff's Edge, 18-1, 1175
22. Value Plus, 40-1, 546
23. Wimbledon, 11-1, 1878
24. All Other 3-Year Olds, 8-1, 2450
Total 27,075

Not surprisingly, juvenile filly champion Halfbridled and undefeated Madcap Escapade, who meet in Saturday's $500,000 Ashland (gr. I) at Keeneland, dominated the first day of wagering in the third and final pool for the Kentucky Oaks.

Halfbridled is the slight choice at 9-2, with Madcap Escapade sitting at 5-1. The field is 7-1, with Silent Sighs, who defeated the previously unbeaten Halfbridled in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), and A.P. Adventure both at 11-1.

The Kentucky Oaks is April 30. Future wagering ends Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, Pool 3
# Filly, Odds, Wagered
1. A. P. Adventure, 11-1, 268
2. Ashado, 16-1, 187
3. Bohemian Lady, 50-1, 58
4. Class Above, 25-1, 114
5. Daydreaming, 40-1, 78
6. Elusive Diva, 60-1, 49
7. Ender's Sister, 50-1, 60
8. Galloping Gal, 60-1, 48
9. Halfbridled, 9-2, 552
10. Hollywood Story, 30-1, 97
11. House Of Fortune, 25-1, 114
12. Irish Melody, 14-1, 204
13. Island Sand, 60-1, 50
14. La Reina, 25-1, 120
15. Last Song, 16-1, 181
16. Madcap Escapade, 5-1, 510
17. Miss Coronado, 25-1, 110
18. Shadow Cast, 50-1, 55
19. Silent Sighs, 11-1, 251
20. Stellar Jayne, 50-1, 61
21. Victory U. S. A., 30-1, 92
22. Wildwood Flower, 80-1, 37
23. Yearly Report, 18-1, 162
24. All Others, 7-1, 389
Total 3,847


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