Sis City is strong favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks.

Sis City is strong favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Sis City Shoots to Top of Oaks Odds at 5-2

(from Churchill Downs release)
A 10 ½-length romp in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland made Sis City a strong 5-2 favorite to win the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 6 in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager that closed on Sunday evening.

Three consecutive stakes victories by Sis City - with the last two coming by a combined margin of 26 ½-lengths - and misfortune for morning line favorite Sweet Catomine combined to make the daughter of Slew City Slew the choice in Pool 3.

Sis City stood as an 18-1 outsider at the midpoint of the four-day pool. But odds on the filly plummeted after she ran away from an elite field in the Ashland that included KOFW Pool 3 betting interests Runway Model (8-1), Summerly (13-1), Letgomyecho (30-1), Memorette (38-1), and Amazing Buy (74-1).

Despite her disappointing loss in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and comments by owner Martin Wygod that indicated that his filly was unlikely to run in the Kentucky Oaks, Sweet Catomine still closed as the 6-1 second choice in Pool 3. Sharp Lisa, who was scratched from the Ashland after she suffered a bruised foot, finished the pool at 11-1. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual betting interests in Pool 3, also closed at odds of 11-1.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. claimed Sis City for $50,000 last August at Saratoga and is now owned by a partnership that includes Stonerside Stable, Sanford Goldfarb, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, Michael Dubb, and Ira Davis. Her margin of victory was the second largest in the 68-year history of the 1 1/6-mile Ashland.

Kentucky Oaks fans wagered $49,445 in KOFW Pool 3 to push total wagering in this year's three pools to $172,479. The total is a 9% increase over the three-pool total of $158,211 in 2004, the first year that the Oaks Future Bet adopted the format.

No. Filly/Total Bet/Odds/$2 Will Pay
1. Amazing Buy/$548/74.70/$151.40
2. Aspen Tree*/$791/51.50/$105.00
3. Brooke's Halo*/$1,385/28.90/$59.80
4. Cape Hope*/$1,360/29.50/$61.00
5. Dance Away Capote*/$2,156/18.20/$38.40
6. Dixie Talking*/$1,329/30.20/$62.40
7. Gallant Secret*/$368/111.80/$225.60
8. Hot Storm/$538/76.20/$154.40
9. In The Gold/$1,276/31.50/$65.00
10. Letgomyecho/$1,307/30.70/$63.40
11. Little Money Down/$889/45.70/$93.40
12. Maddalena/$1,122/36.00/$74.00
13. Memorette/$1,060/38.10/$78.20
14. Northern Mischief*/$634/64.50/$131.00
15. Runway Model/$4,452/8.30/$18.60
16. Sharp Lisa/$3,319/11.50/$25.00
17. She Sings/$370/111.20/$224.40
18. Sis City/$11,711/2.50/$7.00
19. Summerly/$2,909/13.20/$28.40
20. Sweet Catomine/$5,279/6.80/$15.60
21. The Beter Man Can*/$358/115.00/$232.00
22. Toll Taker/$252/163.80/$329.60
23. Yankee Penny*/$2,69214.40/$30.80
24. All Other 3YO Fillies/$3,340/11.40/$24.80
Pool Total: $49,445
* New Wagering Interest In Pool 3