Halfbridled Favored for Oaks Despite Illness

Though knocked of the Ashland (gr. I) Saturday by a minor ailment, Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled did little to shake the confidence of racing fans that made the reigning 2-year-old filly champion the 4-1 favorite in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

The Richard Mandella-trained daughter of Unbridled was the favorite in each of this year's Oaks Future pools. She was the 3-1 choice in February's opening pool and the 7-2 favorite in Pool 2 in mid-March. Despite her scratch from the Ashland, Mandella said that the Kentucky Oaks remained his filly's major objective.

Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade and Starlight Stable, Paul Saylor and John Martin's Ashado, the 1-2 finishers in the Ashland, ended up in a photo finish as the second and third betting choices Pool 3. Both fillies closed at 7-1, but Madcap Escapade emerged as the slight second choice.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Silent Sighs, who knocked Halfbridled from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), was next at 9-1.

Racing fans wagered $45,635 during the four-day run of Pool 3, which concluded Sunday. That total included $25,551 wagered during the pool's final hours. Combined wagering in this year's three pools was $158,211. Last year's inaugural Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was offered in a single pool in April, attracted total betting of $117,368.

The "all others" wagering interest closed as the 10-1 fourth choice. Las Virgenes (gr. I) winner A.P. Adventure was next at 11-1 and Last Song, winner of the Bonnie Miss (gr. II) and late-running third in the Ashland, closed at 19-1. Last Song had opened Sunday's betting at odds of 27-1.
KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER POOL 3 (FINAL)
# - Horse, Morning Line Odds -- Will Pay
1. A.P. Adventure, 11-1 -- $24.60
2. Ashado, 7-1 -- $17.80
3. Bohemian Lady*, 63-1 -- $128.60
4. Class Above, 38-1 -- $78.20
5. Daydreaming, 40-1 -- $82.60
6. Elusive Diva*, 67-1 -- $136.00
7. Ender's Sister, 49-1-- $101.20
8. Galloping Gal, 55-1 -- $112.20
9. Halfbridled, 4-1 -- $10.60
10. Hollywood Story, 23-1 -- $49.80
11. House of Fortune, 20-1 -- $43.20
12. Irish Melody*, 32-1 -- $66.20
13. Island Sand*, 26-1 -- $55.80
14. La Reina, 21-1 -- $45.40
15. Last Song, 19-1 -- $41.80
16. Madcap Escapade, 7-1 -- $16.20
17. Miss Coronado, 26-1 -- $55.80
18. Shadow Cast, 69-1 -- $141.00
19. Silent Sighs, 9-1 -- $20.60
20. Stellar Jayne, 62-1 -- $127.40
21. Victory U.S.A., 29-1 -- $60.60
22. Wildwood Flower*, 77-1 -- $157.60
23. Yearly Report, 29-1 -- $61.80
24. All Other 3YO Fillies, 10-1 -- $23.40
*New wagering interest in Pool 3

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