Field Assumes Favorite Role in Derby Future

As Eurosilver, another major contender for Kentucky Derby 130 fell out of the picture, fans returned to the mutuel field as a mild favorite at the midpoint of the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Wagering was suspended on Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver after trainer Nick Zito pronounced the son of Unbridled Song out of consideration before the start of Friday's betting. Eurosilver had been among the leading interests in each of the first two pools, but was knocked out of training by an infected neck gland.

The field – all 3-year-olds other than the 22 remaining individual horses in the pool – is currently the 7-1 favorite. Someday Farm's unbeaten Smarty Jones, expected to be one of the favorites for next week's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was the second choice at 9-1, just ahead of James McIngvale's Wimbledon at 10-1. Next came a pair of 12-1 shots in Mercedes Stable LLC and Madeline Paulson's unbeaten Rock Hard Ten and Robert V. La Penta's The Cliff's Edge. Lion Heart and Master David followed at 14-1.

The current pool's wagering for the May 1 Derby concludes Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Wagering on KDFW Pool 3 stood at $58,204 after Friday's betting. Real time odds and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available at Real Time Future Wager Odds

Kentucky Derby Future Wager – Pool 3
(#) Wagering Interest, Odds
1. Action This Day, 26-1
2. Birdstone, 21-1
3. Borrego, 33-1
4. Eddington, 16-1
5. Eurosilver, SUSP.
6. Friends Lake, 20-1
7. Imperialism, 17-1
8. Limehouse, 29-1
9. Lion Heart, 14-1
10. Master David, 14-1
11. Minister Eric, 26-1
12. Preachinatthebar, 19-1
13. Quintons Gold Rush, 42-1
14. Read The Footnotes, 23-1
15. Rock Hard Ten, 12-1
16. Sinister G, 50-1
17. Smarty Jones, 9-1
18. Song of the Sword, 96-1
19. St Averil, 16-1
20. Tapit, 27-1
21. The Cliff's Edge, 12-1
22. Value Plus, 31-1
23. Wimbledon, 10-1
24. All Other 3YO's, 7-1

Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled, who was scratched from Saturday's Ashland Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland, remained the 5-1 favorite after the second day of wagering in the final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

Trainer Richard Mandella elected to scratch his 2-year-old filly champion after she "tied up" on Friday morning while training at Keeneland. Mandella indicated Halfbridled remained on track for a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and she would either run in Keeneland's Stonerside Beaumont at "about" seven furlongs on April 8 or he would train the daughter of Unbridled up to the Oaks.

Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade remained a solid second choice at 7-1. The daughter of Hennessy is unbeaten in three lifetime starts, which she has won by a combined 26 ½-lengths. Her most recent victory was an easy win in Gulfstream Park's Forward Gal (gr. II) and she will likely be favored over three rivals in Saturday's Ashland.

Thoroughbred racing fans bet $7,940 through the first two days of the final KOFW pool. The pool will close on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Other wagering interests that attracted significant support on Friday included 8-1 on the mutuel field, which is comprised of all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses. Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner Silent Sighs and Bob & Beverly Lewis' once-beaten A.P. Adventure each stood at 11-1, and the Todd Pletcher-trained Ashado, another contender for the Ashland, moved down to 14-1.

The 130th running of the Kentucky Oaks is April 30. More information and real time odds on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are available at www.kentuckyoaks.com.

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager – Pool 3
(#) Wagering Interest, Odds
1. A.P. Adventure, 11-1
2. Ashado, 14-1
3. Bohemian Lady, 36-1
4. Class Above, 29-1
5. Daydreaming, 34-1
6. Elusive Diva, 56-1
7. Ender's Sister, 48-1
8. Galloping Gal, 52-1
9. Halfbridled, 5-1
10. Hollywood Story, 16-1
11. House of Fortune, 22-1
12. Irish Melody, 18-1
13. Island Sand, 38-1
14. La Reina, 17-1
15. Last Song, 26-1
16. Madcap Escapade, 7-1
17. Miss Coronado, 15-1
18. Shadow Cast, 67-1
19. Silent Sighs, 11-1
20. Stellar Jayne, 48-1
21. Victory U.S.A., 31-1
22. Wildwood Flower, 70-1
23. Yearly Report, 25-1
24. All Other 3YO Fillies, 8-1

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