Monomoy Girl 5-1 early favorite in 2018 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager
Louisiana-based Monomoy Girl, California's unbeaten Dream Tree, and rising star Midnight Bisou head the list of three-year-old fillies among 24 wagering interests set for this week's three-day run of Churchill Downs' 2018 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW).
Reigning two-year-old filly champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Caledonia Road also is on the roster of wagering interests set for the only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool of 2018. The three-day wagering pool will open at noon (Eastern) on Friday and is scheduled to conclude at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Also available from March 9-11 is the first Oaks/Derby Future Double. The $2 minimum bet requires fans to correctly select the winners of both the May 4 Kentucky Oaks and May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Wagering on the KDFW's 24 betting interests will be available at Churchill Downs and racetracks and satellite wagering outlets across North American and online via TwinSpires.com, the official betting partner of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup World Championships, and other online wagering platforms.
The Brad Cox-trained Monomoy Girl suffered her only career loss in a narrow runner-up finish in the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs in November, but bounced back with a 2 1/2-length triumph over Classy Act and Wonder Gadot in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) at Fair Grounds in her three-year-old debut.
Dream Tree and Midnight Bisou are the co-second choices in the Oaks Future Pool, which is fitting since the former defeated the latter by a nose in each of their two meetings in 2017. Three-time Kentucky Oaks winner Bob Baffert trains Dream Tree opened her 2018 season with an easy win in the Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita after concluding her perfect juvenile campaign with a romp in the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos. Midnight Bisou, a Bill Spawr-trained daughter of Midnight Lute, has scored impressive victories this year in Santa Anita's Santa Ynez (G2) and Santa Ysabel (G3).
Champion Caledonia Road has not raced since her Breeders' Cup victory for trainer Ralph Nicks, but is working in Florida in preparation for her season debut.
Listed at 8-1 is the Mutuel Field, or "All Others" (#24), which includes all three-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual wagering interests in the pool.
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The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager enables fans to bet on possible contenders for the Kentucky Oaks well in advance of the May 4 running. The odds available on the pool's 24 betting interests at the end of the three-day Oaks Future pool could be more attractive than those available on the day of the race.
The wager is $2 minimum bet and is a win wager only. Pari-mutuel payouts on winning tickets on Kentucky Oaks Day will be determined by the pool's final odds. The pool also includes an exacta wager that requires bettors to correctly choose the top two Oaks finishers in the exact order of finish. The exacta also is a $2 minimum bet, with exacta boxes available in $1 increments.
No scratches or refunds are permitted in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the pool that a wagering interest will not compete in the May 4 contest because of injury, illness or other circumstance, wagering on that interested will be suspended immediately.
Real-time odds and other information on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which will include free past performance information from Brisnet, is available online at www.KentuckyDerby.com/FutureWager.