Rags to Riches Favored in Kentucky Oaks Bet

Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Rags to Riches, the Todd Pletcher-trained dominating winner in Sunday's Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), stood as a solid favorite in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager when wagering on the four-day pool concluded on Sunday evening.

The daughter of A.P. Indystood as the solid 4-1 choice, although betting in the March 8-11 pool closed roughly an hour before she was scheduled to compete in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks.  Rags to Riches broke from the starting gate in the 1 1/16-mile race as a heavy favorite under jockey Garrett Gomez and cruised to a dominating 5 1/2-length victory.

The mutuel field, the betting interest that includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in pool 2, closed as the second choice at 7-1. Frank Calabrese's 2006 juvenile filly champion Dreaming of Anna was the 9-1 third choice, and was followed by Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) runner-up Octave at 11-1.

Wagering on the second of three 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future pools at racetracks and off-track betting outlets throughout the United States and Canada totaled $55,840. The total was the largest in pool 2 since the Oaks Future bet adopted its three-pool format in 2004.

The third and final pool of the 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future wager is set for April 12-15. The 133rd running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is scheduled for May 4.

Other fillies that enjoyed strong support in KOFW pool 2 included the Phipps Stable's Boca Grande (13-1), the winner of the Demoiselle who turned in a disappointing 2007 debut in Saturday's Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park; the Nick Zito-trained Autobahn Girl (15-1), who is set to run next week in the Florida Oaks; the Doug O'Neill-trained Mistical Plan (18-1), who saw her odds improve following an impressive win in the Fair Grounds Oaks; and Folk, winner of Dubai's UAE Oaks.

2007 KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER POOL 2, FINAL

FINAL Wagering Total -- $55,840

#

Wagering Interest

Final Odds

ML odds

Will Pay

1

Appealing Zophie

27-1

15-1

$57.40

2

Autobahn Girl*

15-1

20-1

$33.20

3

Baroness Thatcher

30-1

10-1

$63.00

4

Boca Grande

13-1

15-1

$28.20

5

Cash Included

29-1

        50-1

$60.20

6

Christmas Kid*

20-1

50-1

$43.00

7

Cotton Blossom

20-1

10-1

$43.60

8

Devil House

29-1

30-1

$61.80

9

Dream Rush*

21-1

15-1

$45.00

10

Dreaming of Anna

9-1

15-1

$21.40

11

Five Star Daydream

101-1

30-1

$204.00

12

Folk*

19-1

15-1

$41.40

13

Get Ready Bertie

39-1

30-1

$81.60

14

High Again*

25-1

50-1

$53.40

15

High Heels*

44-1

50-1

$90.40

16

Mistical Plan

18-1

15-1

$39.20

17

Octave

11-1

10-1

$24.60

18

Perfect Forest*

32-1

20-1

$67.80

19

Rags to Riches

4-1

4-1

$10.00

20

Runway Rosie

         32-1

20-1

$67.60

21

Sutra

83-1

50-1

$169.60

22

Total*

85-1

30-1

$173.80

23

Tough Tiz's Sis*

31-1

50-1

$65.80

24

All Other 3YO Fillies

7-1

5-1

$17.60

 

                                                                                     

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