Sweet Catomine, Sharp Lisa Top Oaks Wager

(from Churchill Downs release)
On the eve of her anticipated showdown against males in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's champion filly Sweet Catomine remained the favorite among 24 wagering interest in the April 7-10 third pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

The homebred daughter of Storm Cat, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) to cap a 2004 season in which she earned an Eclipse Award as America's champion 2-year-old filly, was a narrow 7-2 choice after Friday's second day of betting in the four-day pool. If she wins the Santa Anita Derby and comes out of the race in good shape, her connections have indicated a preference for running in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Las Virgenes (gr. I) winner Sharp Lisa followed closely at 4-1 and Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Summerly was the 7-1 third choice in Pool 3.

Dance Away Capote, winner of the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup, stood at 11-1 and Davona Dale (gr. II) winner Sis City was a 12-1 shot at the end of Friday's betting. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in the pool, was also a 12-1 risk at the midpoint of the pool.

Besides Sweet Catomine, other betting interests in Pool 3 will be in action on Saturday. Seven of those horses will compete in the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The Ashland contenders are Summerly, Sharp Lisa, Sis City, Runway Model (21-1), Letgomyecho (30-1), Memorette (21-1) and Amazing Buy (46-1).

Bettors added $4,612 to KOFW Pool 3 on Friday to lift total wagering in the pool to $8,849. Betting in KOFW Pool 3 is set to resume at noon (EDT) on Saturday. Pool 3 will conclude at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 30 minutes later than the close of betting in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

The $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run for the 131st consecutive year on May 6.

KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER POOL 3, Day 2
No. Horse/Odds/Total Bet
1. Amazing Buy/46/$156
2. Aspen Tree*/31/$227
3. Brooke's Halo*/76/$96
4. Cape Hope*/31/$230
5. Dance Away Capote*/11/$583
6. Dixie Talking*/26/$269
7. Gallant Secret*/78/$93
8. Hot Storm/58/$124
9. In The Gold, 24/$296
10. Letgomyecho/30/$239
11. Little Money Down/28/$252
12. Maddalena/32/$225
13. Memorette/21/$335
14. Northern Mischief*/54/$135
15. Runway Model/21/$333
16. Sharp Lisa/4/$1,369
17. She Sings/99/$73
18. Sis City/12/$536
19. Summerly/7/$855
20. Sweet Catomine/7/2/$1,549
21. The Beter Man Can*/99/$59
22. Toll Taker/99/$53
23. Yankee Penny*/35/$205
24. All Other 3YO Fillies/12/$557
Total: $8,849
*New Wagering Interests In Pool 3

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