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Churchill Downs has set the dates for all three pools in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Oaks future wagers. Those dates are Feb. 8-11, March 8-11, and April 12-15. This will be the ninth year for the Derby futures, which began in 1999. . . . Sharp Humor, winner of this year's Grade 2 Swale Stakes, will enter stud with a $12,500 fee for 2007. The 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt retired last month to WinStar Farm near Lexington, Ky., where he will stand for WinStar and Taylor Made in a joint venture. . . . Grade 3 winner Andromeda's Hero, who will launch the Richland Hills stallion roster near Midway, Ky., has retired from racing and will stand for a 2007 fee of $12,500. Andromeda's Hero, a 4-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus and the Storm Bird winner Marozia, won the 2005 Fred W. Hooper Handicap and three other races from 25 starts and earned $836,961.