Polar River

Polar River

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Churchill Suspends Wagering on Polar River

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will not include Polar River.

Wagering on Valentin Bukhtoyarov and Evgeny Kappushev's unbeaten Polar River has been suspended in Churchill Downs' upcoming Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after a representative of trainer Doug Watson confirmed to track officials that the Dubai-based filly would not travel to the U.S. to compete in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

The defection of Polar River (No. 16), a daughter of Congrats  whose four career wins at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse include the UAE Oaks Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-III) and the UAE 1000 Guineas, leaves the three-day Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool with 23 wagering interests that features 22 individual 3-year-old fillies and the mutuel field (No. 24), or "All Others."

Betting in the three-day Kentucky Oaks Future pool is scheduled to begin March 11 at noon (all times Eastern) and conclude March 13 at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the close of the companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager.