Louisville, KY (March 4, 2008) -- 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 (Grade I) and the recent Silverbulletday Stakes (GIII) 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 on Thursday, March 6.
Indian Blessing, a daughter of Indian Charlie who is a heavy favorite to win Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), is perfect in five career starts that include two races this year. The Bob Baffert-trained filly has bee 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 C. Jones’ Proud Spell was the runner-up to the champion in both the Breeders’ Cup 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 Belmont Park’s Matron (GII), will also run in the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Ron McCauley’s Las Virgenes (GI) 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 (GII) 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 (GIII) 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.
The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is a minimum $2 wager and a win bet only. It offers fans the opportunity to bet on contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) at odds that could be greater than those they would receive on the day of the race. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. Betting on Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is scheduled to open at noon (all times Eastern) on Thursday, March 6. The pool will close at 6:30p.m. on Sunday, March 9 – 30 minutes after the conclusion of betting in the companion Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
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, while the 134th running of the Kentucky Oaks is set for Friday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.
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 last week’s John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park; Highest Class, third in the Silverbulletday; Sky Mom, winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies and a division of the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park; Vaulcluse, winner of the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs; Suncoast runner-up My Baby Baby; Dixie Belle winner Kadira; and She’s All Eltish, a recent allowance race winner at Gulfstream Park.
Wagering interests for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are chosen by a committee that includes Brad Free, West Coast correspondent for the Daily Racing Form; Mike Watchmaker, national handicapper for the Daily Racing Form; and John Asher, vice president of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs.
More information and real time odds on Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager can be found on the official event Web site at www.kentuckyoaks.com.