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Proud Spell, Country Star Favored in Oaks Futures Friday

| Churchill Downs Communications | 04/05/2008 #

Two fillies headed for a showdown in Saturday’s Ashland Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland – Brereton Jones’ Proud Spell and Stonerside Stable’s Country Star – stood as the top two choices in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager as the four-day betting pool reached its halfway point.

Proud Spell, a daughter of Proud Citizen who handed 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing her first career loss in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), and Country Star, an Empire Maker filly with Grade I victories in Keeneland’s Darley Alcibiades and the Hollywood Starlet, could barely be separated in the closely-matched group at the top of the roster of 24 wagering interests in Pool 3. Proud Spell stood at odds of 7-2 at the end of Friday’s betting and was a narrow favorite over Country Star, who was a 5-1 risk.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers fans the opportunity to bet on contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 2 at Churchill Downs at odds that could be greater than those they would receive on the day of the race. Fans across North America had wagered $9,335 through the first two days of Pool. Wagering on the pool is set to resume at noon (all times EDT) on Saturday, April 5, and betting in Pool 3 will close on Sunday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is a minimum $2 wager and a win bet only. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

Friday’s betting saw a surge in support for Shes All Eltish, the winner of last week’s Bonnie Miss (GII) at Gulfstream Park. Odds on Shes All Eltish dipped from 17-1 to 7-1 in Friday’s betting, and she was a narrow third choice over the mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 3. The “all others” wager was the 8-1 fourth choice at the pool’s midway point, and was followed by Eight Belles at 10-1 and Bsharpsonata and Pure Clan, who closed at odds of 13-1.

It will be a busy weekend for fillies among the betting interests in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. Proud Spell, Country Star and Bsharpsonata are among six Pool 3 wagering fillies that will compete in Saturday’s Ashland, while Eight Belles, Pure Clan and French Kiss will run in Sunday’s $250,000 Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park.

Real time odds on Pool 3 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Oaks Web site at www.kentuckyoaks.com.

2008 KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER POOL 3

1 - A to the Croft: morning line 30-1; 11-1 after day 1; 23-1 after day 2
2 - Absolutely Cindy: morning line 15-1; 11-1 after day 1; 17-1 after day 2
3 - African Violet*: morning line 30-1; 47-1 after day 1; 40-1 after day 2
4 - Ariege*: morning line 15-1; 34-1 after day 1; 26-1 after day 2
5 - Armonk*: morning line 20-1; 28-1 after day 1; 63-1 after day 2
6 - Awesome Chic*: morning line 20-1; 22-1 after day 1; 37-1 after day 2
7 - Bsharpsonata: morning line 12-1; 11-1 after day 1; 13-1 after day 2
8 - Country Star: morning line 5-1; 6-1 after day 1; 5-1 after day 2
9 - Eight Belles: morning line 8-1; 7-1 after day 1; 10-1 after day 2
10 - Elusive Lady*: morning line 20-1; 36-1 after day 1; 51-1 after day 2
11 - French Kiss*: morning line 50-1; 99-1 after day 1; 67-1 after day 2
12 - Gentle Audrey*: morning line 30-1; 99-1 after day 1; 99-1 after day 2
13 - Golden Doc A: morning line 15-1; 18-1 after day 1; 18-1 after day 2
14 - Grace and Power: morning line 30-1; 59-1 after day 1; 54-1 after day 2
15 - Highest Class: morning line 30-1; 82-1 after day 1; 90-1 after day 2
16 - Kadira: morning line 50-1; 73-1 after day 1; 68-1 after day 2
17 - Little Belle*: morning line 30-1; 30-1 after day 1; 50-1 after day 2
18 - My Baby Baby: morning line 50-1; 77-1 after day 1; 99-1 after day 2
19 - Proud Spell: morning line 4-1; 6-1 after day 1; 7-2 after day 2
20 - Pure Clan: morning line 8-1; 13-1 after day 1; 13-1 after day 2
21 - Robbie's Gal*: morning line 50-1; 67-1 after day 1; 68-1 after day 2
22 - Shes All Eltish: morning line 30-1; 17-1 after day 1; 7-1 after day 2
23 - Valentine Fever*: morning line 50-1; 99-1 after day 1; 99-1 after day 2
24 - Mutuel field "All Others:" morning line 15-1; 6-1 after day 1; 8-1 after day 2

Morning Line odds by Mike Battaglia. (*) - New wagering interest in Pool 3.

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