HOT SPRINGS, AR – Trainer Peter Eurton’s Storm the Court will try to find his victory of the year in Saturday’s 2nd division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.
Storm the Court debuted with an impressive 5 1/2-furlong score at Del Mar under jockey Flavien Prat, but they failed to get very far out of the gate together in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) after a rival bumped Storm the Court and dismounted Prat. He rebounded strongly and was ultimately voted the Eclipse Award 2019 Champion 2 Year Old Colt after he ended the year with a 45/1 upset score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Storm the Court returned in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) three months later and finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Nadal, whom he faces again here. The Court Vision colt’s most recent start was a third in the San Felipe Stakes (G2). This will be his first race outside of California.
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The Arkansas Derby is a Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race awarding a total of 170 points to the top four finishers. The winner will receive 100 points, with 40 going to second, 20 to third, and 10 to fourth.
Here is the full field for the 1st division of the Arkansas Derby (click on each horse’s name to read an exclusive preview):
|Post||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Morning Line Odds|
|1||Finnick the Fierce||Martin Garcia||Rey Hernandez||15/1|
|2||Saratogian||Joe Talamo||Rodolphe Brisset||50/1|
|3||Storm the Court||Flavien Prat||Peter Eurton||6/1|
|4||King Guillermo||Samy Camacho||Juan Avila||3/1|
|5||Nadal||Joel Rosario||Bob Baffert||5/2|
|6||Code Runner||Stewart Elliott||Steve Asmussen||50/1|
|7||Silver Prospector||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steve Asmussen||10/1|
|9||Taishan||David Cohen||Richard Baltas||15/1|
|10||Farmington Road||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||12/1|
|11||Wells Bayou||Florent Geroux||Brad Cox||7/2|