Close menu
Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: King Guillermo
King Guillermo jogging at Oaklawn Park (Credit: Coady Photography)

Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: King Guillermo

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo will try to pull off another major score when he exits the barriers in Saturday’s 2nd division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

( Content Continues Below Ad )

King Guillermo debuted in a 5 1/2-furlong event over the Gulfstream Park main track but was defeated over 11 lengths as the 6/5 favorite. Trainer Juan Avila transitioned him to the turf for his next two starts, and the Uncle Mo colt responded by breaking his maiden, then finishing third in the Pulpit Stakes.

Absent for three months, King Guillermo made his initial 2020 start back on dirt in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), which he won by 4 3/4 lengths at 49/1 odds – a price that bettors will likely not see anything remotely close to here. Samy Camacho will pick up the mount for the second straight race.

Click here to subscribe to our monthly premium products & be the first to receive our Inside Track to the Arkansas Derby Wagering Guide that also includes full coverage of Friday’s Fantasy Stakes (G3)!

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

Join the Inner Circle

Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!

Sign Up