04/06/2006 11:00PM

French Park out of Oaks


French Park has been eliminated from consideration for the Kentucky Oaks because of an ankle chip and has been scratched from the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after $120 was bet on the filly Thursday, the first of four days of Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks futures.

Trainer Helen Pitts informed Churchill Downs officials late Thursday that French Park would have surgery Friday to remove the chip, which is not career-threatening. Pitts said French Park, winner of the Pocahontas and Golden Rod last fall at Churchill, would be out about 60 days.

Meanwhile, as of 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, $75,786 had been bet into the Derby futures, with Lawyer Ron the 5-1 favorite over Discreet Cat (7-1) and Barbaro (8-1).

In the Oaks futures, Balance was the 5-2 favorite over Wild Fit (8-1) after $8,640 had been bet.

The Derby futures close Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, and the Oaks futures close 30 minutes later.