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Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Finnick the Fierce
Finnick the Fierce (6) finishing second in the Kentucky Jockey Club (Credit: JennyPhoto)

Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Finnick the Fierce

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Arnaldo Monge and Rey Hernandez’s Finnick the Fierce will try to see his way back to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s 2nd division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

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Finnick the Fierce, who lost his right eye in a paddock accident as a youngster, saw instant success when he debuted with a 5-furlong victory at Indiana Grand last June. He ended 2019 with a narrow, 3/4-length defeat in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in the slop while rounding two turns for the first time.

Finnick the Fierce reemerged at Fair Grounds for the start of 2020, finishing fourth in the Lecomte Stakes (G3) and seventh in the Risen Star Stakes (G2). Most recently, the gelded son of Dialed In crossed second in a sloppy local allowance event but was placed first after the winner, Winning Impression, was disqualified.

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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 Odds
1Finnick the FierceMartin GarciaRey Hernandez15/1
2SaratogianJoe TalamoRodolphe Brisset50/1
3Storm the CourtFlavien PratPeter Eurton6/1
4King GuillermoSamy CamachoJuan Avila3/1
5NadalJoel RosarioBob Baffert5/2
6Code RunnerStewart ElliottSteve Asmussen50/1
7Silver ProspectorRicardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen10/1
8Fast EnoughTyler BazeRafael Becerra12/1
9TaishanDavid CohenRichard Baltas15/1
10Farmington RoadJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher12/1
11Wells BayouFlorent GerouxBrad Cox7/2

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