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Arkansas Derby Draws: Split Divisions Offer Twice the Derby Points

Arkansas Derby Draws: Split Divisions Offer Twice the Derby Points

HOT SPRINGS, AR – In an unprecedented move, Oaklawn Park officials split its historic Arkansas Derby (G1) into two divisions, each featuring 11 male 3-year-olds chasing after $500,000 purses and 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) in September.

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After the COVID-19 pandemic forced several major tracks to temporarily cease racing operations and the Kentucky Derby to be postponed four months down the road, several of the nation’s top 3-year-olds had to reroute to Hot Springs in search of prize money and Derby cred. Each division of the Arkansas Derby will award 100 points to the winner, 40 to second, 20 to third, and 10 to fourth.

“Because of our national crisis, we and the entire world of sports are in uncharted waters requiring unprecedented actions,” said Oaklawn Park President Louis Cella. “We’re trying to make the best of a very, very difficult situation. On the one hand, it is the worst of times to be racing without fans in our grandstand. On the other, we have a large number of exceptional three-year-olds wanting to run in our Arkansas Derby. We simply did not want to see anyone lose that opportunity.”

Division 1 is headlined by the Bob Baffert-trained #1 Charlatan. Though he is lightly raced, he has won both career starts by a combined 16 lengths. The son of Speightstown is considered one of the top prospects for the Derby and attracted Martin Garcia to ride.

Here is the full field for Division 1 of Saturday’s Arkansas Derby:

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

Two races later on Saturday’s card, a second set of 11 sophomores will compete in Division 2 of the Arkansas Derby. As far as graded stakes winners go, this is the much classier edition of the two races.

Along with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion and Eclipse Award-winning 2 Year Old Champion Colt #3 Storm the Court, this race features the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) upset winner #4 King Guillermo, the San Vicente Stakes (G2) and Rebel Stakes (G2) victor #5 Nadal, the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Southwest Stakes (G3) conqueror #7 Silver Prospector, the California Cup Derby hero #8 Fast Enough, and the Louisiana Derby (G2) vanquisher #11 Wells Bayou.

Here is the full field for Division 2 of Saturday’s Arkansas Derby:

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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