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Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Crypto Cash
Trainer Kenny McPeek (Credit: NYRA)

Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Crypto Cash

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Tommie Lewis and Magdalena Racing’s Crypto Cash will return to the dirt for the first time since August in Saturday’s 1st division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

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Crypto Cash debuted on the Ellis Park turf in July before competing in a pair of mile-long dirt events there, winning the latter by a head. Trainer Kenny McPeek sent him back to the lawn for his next effort, an allowance event that he won by a neck over a yielding Churchill Downs course in November.

Most recently, Crypto Cash was a non-threatening fourth after stumbling out of the gate in the Rushaway Stakes over the Turfway Park synthetic surface. The Majesticperfection colt recently fired a 5-furlong bullet work in :59.40 at Keeneland and retains Corey Lanerie for the second straight time.

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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):

PostHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line
1CharlatanMartin GarciaBob Baffert1/1
2My Friends BeerDeclan CannonJeremiah O'Dwyer20/1
3Mo MosaKendrick CarmoucheMike Maker30/1
4Gouverneur MorrisJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher9/2
5Jungle RunnerTyler BazeSteve Asmussen30/1
6Shooters ShootJoe TalamoPeter Eurton8/1
7Wrecking CrewFlavien PratPeter Miller20/1
8Anneau d'OrJuan HernandezBlaine Wright6/1
9Winning ImpressionJulien LeparouxDallas Stewart15/1
10Crypto CashCorey LanerieKenny McPeek20/1
11BasinRicardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen8/1

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