Country Star Tops Oaks Future Wager Pool

Country Star Tops Oaks Future Wager Pool
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Darley Alciabiades (gr. I) winner Country Star was the 5-1 favorite at the March 9 close of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 2.
Indian Blessing's surprising slip from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8 left Country Star and Proud Spell atop the betting in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which closed March 9.

Stonerside Stable’s Country Star was the 5-1 favorite at the conclusion of Pool 2, although trainer Bobby Frankel’s winner of the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) and Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) has yet to race in 2008. The daughter of Empire Maker   edged Brereton C. Jones’ Proud Spell, who became the 6-1 second choice when she avenged a pair of earlier losses to Indian Blessing with an upset victory for trainer J. Larry Jones over last year's 2-year-old juvenile filly champion.

There was little to separate the top pair from several of the 23 wagering interests in Pool 2. IEAH Stable and Lewis Lakin’s unbeaten Pure Clan was the close third choice at 7-1. She was followed at 8-1 by Eight Belles, a 13 1/2-length winner of a division of Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington, and the Bob Baffert-trained Indian Blessing. The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-old fillies other than the 22 individual betting interests remaining in the pool, closed at 9-1.

A total of $62,503 was wagered during the four-day pool, the largest total for Pool 2 in the five years since the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager went to its three-pool format. The year’s third and final Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool is set for April 3-6. The $500,000 Kentucky Oaks is May 2.

Other fillies that attracted substantial support Pool 2 included Davona Dale (gr. II) winner Bsharpsonata (12-1), a winner of four consecutive stakes races, and Absolutely Cindy (16-1), who upset males in last week’s John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park.

Information on the Kentucky Oaks and the final odds for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are available on the official event Web site at

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