(Edited press release)
Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Feb. 9 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, is the solid morning line choice over rival Proud Spell in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which is scheduled to open March 6.
Indian Blessing, a daughter of Indian Charliewho is a heavy favorite to win the March 8 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), is perfect in five career starts that include two races this year.
The Bob Baffert-trained filly has been installed as the 4-1 choice by Churchill Downs handicapper and racing analyst Mike Battaglia in his morning line odds for the second of three pools in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Brereton Jones’ Proud Spell was the runner-up to the champion in both the Juvenile Fillies and the Silverbulletday, but those efforts were strong enough for Battaglia to list her as the 6-1 second choice in the second of three 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pools. Proud Spell, winner of last year's Matron Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, will also run in the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Ron McCauley’s Las Virgenes (gr. I) winner Golden Doc A is next in line at 10-1, and is followed by a group of wagering interests at 15-1 that include Davona Dale (gr. II) winner Bsharpsonata; Fox Hill Farm’s Eight Belles, winner of a division of the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park; Las Virgenes runner-up Lovely Isle; Debutante and Kentucky Breeders' Stakes (both gr. III) winner Rated Fiesty; and the mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses on the Pool 2 wagering roster.
Wagering interests for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager include eight fillies that were not members of the year’s first pool.
The new fillies in Pool 2 include Lovely Isle; Absolutely Cindy, an upset winner over males in the March 1 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park; Highest Class, third in the Silverbulletday; Sky Mom, winner of last year's Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway and a division of the Martha Washington at Oaklawn; Vaulcluse, winner of the Feb. 16 Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs; Suncoast runner-up My Baby Baby; Dixie Belle Stakes winner Kadira; and She’s All Eltish, a recent allowance race winner at Gulfstream Park.
Winning payouts will be based on odds that are in place at the conclusion of wagering in Pool 2. The third and final pool of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is scheduled for April 3-6.