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Life Is Good closes as 2-1 favorite in KDFW Pool 4; Clairiere tops Oaks Future Wager

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March 7th, 2021

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4

Following a smashing eight-length victory in Saturday’s San Felipe S. (G2), Life Is Good took the lion’s share of the betting action in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), closing as the 2-1 favorite among 24 betting interests.

In the 23-year history of the KDFW, Life Is Good is the shortest-priced individual March future wager favorite.

The Into Mischief colt is unbeaten from three starts for six-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert, and Life Is Good has been the individual favorite in all four KDFW pools. Two-time Kentucky Derby winner Mike Smith rides the talented front-runner.

Life Is Good will make his final prep race in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 3.

Unbeaten two-year-old champion Essential Quality, who opened his 2021 campaign with a romping win in the Feb. 27 Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park, wound up being the 5-1 second choice in Pool 4. The Brad Cox-trained colt is targeting the Blue Grass S. (G2) at Keeneland on April 3.

Fountain of Youth S. (G2) and Holy Bull S. (G3) winner Greatest Honour came next at 6-1. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Greatest Honour will try to sweep the Gulfstream Park qualifiers in the Florida Derby (G1) on March 27.

The mutuel field of “All Other Three Year Olds” finished as the 7-1 fourth choice.

The remaining betting interests wound up at double-digit odds.

Notables included Smarty Jones S. winner Caddo River (16-1), San Vicente S. (G2) hero Concert Tour (17-1), and Risen Star S. (G2) victor Mandaloun (17-1).

PROGRAMHORSEODDS
1.
Caddo River
16-1
2.
Candy Man Rocket
71-1
3.
Collaborate
29-1
4.
Concert Tour
17-1
5.
Dream Shake
71-1
6.
Essential Quality
5-1
7.
Freedom Fighter
84-1
8.
Greatest Honour
6-1
9.
Highly Motivated
36-1
10.
Hot Rod Charlie
53-1
11.
Hush of a Storm
99-1
12.
Keepmeinmind
30-1
13.
Life Is Good
2-1
14.
Mandaloun
17-1
15.
Medina Spirit
39-1
16.
Midnight Bourbon
52-1
17.
Prevalence
29-1
18.
Proxy
41-1
19.
Risk Taking
42-1
20.
Roman Centurian
94-1
21.
Rombauer
99-1
22.
Spielberg
63-1
23.
The Great One
79-1
24.
All Other Three Year Olds
7-1

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ran concurrently with Pool 4 of the KDFW, and Rachel Alexandra S. (G2) winner Clairiere led the betting action as expected as the 7-2 favorite.

Trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Steve Asmussen, Clairiere overcame trouble to win her career debut in late October and concluded her juvenile season with a runner-up in the Golden Rod S. (G2) at Churchill Downs in late November.

The Curlin filly returned this year with a neck triumph in the Rachel Alexandra, exacting a measure of revenge upon Golden Rod winner Travel Column, and Clairiere is scheduled to make her final Kentucky Oaks prep in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) on March 20.

Rachel Alexandra runner-up Travel Column is the 6-1 second choice among 23 individual interests. A daughter of Tapit, the Cox-trained filly could aim for the Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 3.

The mutuel field of “All Other Three Year Old Fillies” is the overall second favorite in the betting, closing at 5-1.

Demoiselle S. (G2) winner Malathaat took betting action in advance of her three-year-old opener, finishing at 7-1 in the Oaks Future.

Other Kentucky Oaks contenders include recent Honeybee S. (G3) winner Will’s Secret (14-1), juvenile Grade 1 scorer Simply Ravishing (15-1), two-year-old filly champion Vequist (19-1), and recent maiden graduate Pass the Champagne (20-1).

PROGRAMHORSEODDS
1.
Bow Bow Girl
50-1
2.
Clairiere
7-2
3.
Coach
67-1
4.
Crazy Beautiful
39-1
5.
Dayoutoftheoffice
22-1
6.
Kalypso
23-1
7.
Lady Mystify
63-1
8.
Li’l Tootsie
35-1
9.
Malathaat
7-1
10.
Moraz
47-1
11.
Obligatory
40-1
12.
Pass the Champagne
20-1
13.
Pauline’s Pearl
28-1
14.
Search Results
31-1
15.
Simply Ravishing
15-1
16.
Souper Sensational
99-1
17.
Sun Path
55-1
18.
Travel Column
6-1
19.
Vequist
19-1
20.
Wholebodemeister
28-1
21.
Will’s Secret
14-1
22.
Willful Woman
99-1
23.
Zaajel
28-1
24.
All Other Three Year Old Fillies
5-1
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