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Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Wrecking Crew
Wrecking Crew training for the Breeders' Cup (Credit: Ernie Belmonte)

Arkansas Derby Contender Spotlight: Wrecking Crew

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Rockingham Ranch’s Wrecking Crew will make his sixth straight start against graded stakes foes in Saturday’s 1st division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

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Wrecking Crew broke his maiden on debut at Del Mar, then wheeled back two weeks later to finish a closing second in the Best Pal Stakes (G2). Another second in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) preceded a third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and a fourth in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).

Trainer Peter Miller gave Wrecking Crew a brief respite before making his 2020 debut in the San Felipe Stakes (G2), where he finished fifth after weakening in the stretch. The 3-year-old Sky Kingdom ridgling returned to the worktab and fired a pair of 6-furlong bullets in anticipation of this event, and top California jockey Flavien Prat is flying in for the ride.

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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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