02/10/2004 12:00AM

Eurosilver second choice behind field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Halfbridled, the unbeaten filly, is an individual betting interest in the Pool 1 lineups for the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future wagers, which were announced Tuesday by Churchill Downs. The wagers will be offered Thursday through Sunday.

Each pool lists 24 betting interests, including an "all others" option known as the mutuel field. The most accomplished colts and fillies in each group are listed as separate interests.

Daily Racing Form national handicapper Mike Watchmaker has listed the field as the 3-1 favorite in Pool 1 of the Derby Futures, followed by Eurosilver (10-1), Second of June (12-1), and five horses at 15-1. For the Oaks, Watchmaker has the field as the 4-1 favorite, followed by Halfbridled (5-1), Yearly Report (10-1), and A.P. Adventure (12-1).

Halfbridled was scheduled to make her seasonal debut Saturday in the Las Virgenes but has been withdrawn by trainer Richard Mandella to await the March 13 Santa Anita Oaks.

Both future wagers are win-only, $2-minimum bets with a parimutuel takeout of 16 percent. Payoffs are predicated on the 130th runnings of the Oaks and Derby, set for April 30 and May 1, respectively, at Churchill Downs. There are no refunds for horses who are withdrawn from consideration for the races.

The pools will open Thursday at noon and close Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The bet is being offered in 35 states.

This is the sixth year that Churchill has offered future wagering on the Derby and the second year on the Oaks. The Derby futures have always comprised three pools, whereas an Oaks futures was offered just once last year, coinciding with Pool 3 of the Derby futures. This year, the Oaks is being offered during the same periods as the Derby: Pool 2 is set for March 11-14, and Pool 3 is set for April 1-4.

Last year easily produced the three largest parimutuel future wager payoffs since the bet was first offered by Churchill Downs in 1999. Funny Cide was only 12-1 when he won the 2003 Derby, but he was 93-1 in Pool 1, 59-1 in Pool 2, and 52-1 in Pool 3.

Aggregate handle last year on the four pools, including the one Oaks pool, was more than $1.2 million, a total that Churchill officials are optimistic will be surpassed this year.

2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Official Field - Pool One

No.NameOdds
1 Action This Day 15-1
2 Birdstone 15-1
3 Borrego 30-1
4 Capac 50-1
5 Eurosilver 10-1
6 Fire Slam 30-1
7 Gradepoint 50-1
8 Gran Prospect 50-1
9 Halfbridled (f) 20-1
10 Lion Heart 15-1
11 Lucky Pulpit50-1
12 Master David 20-1
13 Minister Eric 30-1
14 Mr. Jester 30-1
15 Read the Footnotes 20-1
16 Second of June 12-1
17 Shaniko 50-1
18 Silver Wagon 15-1
19 Sir Oscar 30-1
20 St Averil 20-1
21 Tapit 15-1
22 The Cliff's Edge 20-1
23 Tiger Hunt 30-1
24 All Other 3-y-o's 3-1

(f) - filly
Odds by Mike Watchmaker

2004 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager
Official Field - Pool One

No.NameOdds
1 A.P. Adventure 12-1
2 Allswellthatendswell50-1
3 Ashado 15-1
4 Cherry Bomb 50-1
5 Class Above 20-1
6 Eye Dazzler 30-1
7 Friendly Michelle 30-1
8 Halfbridled 5-1
9 Hollywood Story 20-1
10 House of Fortune 30-1
11 La Reina 15-1
12 Last Song 30-1
13 Lotta Kim 30-1
14 Madcap Escapade 30-1
15 Miss Coronado 20-1
16 Rahy Dolly 50-1
17 Saltwater Runner 50-1
18 Salty Romance 30-1
19 Silent Sighs 20-1
20 Society Selection 20-1
21 Victory U. S. A. 20-1
22 Whoopi Cat 50-1
23 Yearly Report 10-1
24 All Other 3-y-o fillies 4-1

Odds by Mike Watchmaker