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Kentucky derby Prep races

Arkansas Derby

 

Arkansas Derby 

  • Date: April 12th, 2014
  • Track: Oaklawn Park
  • Stakes: Grade 1 for 3-year-old thoroughbreds and fillies
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Track: Dirt
  • Purse: $1,000,000

The Racing Festival of the South culminates with the annual Arkansas Derby race. Horse racing fans are eager to see if the next Oaklawn Park champ will finally bring home the Triple Crown trophy.

The Arkansas Derby is the second leg of the Big 3 Pick 3, a $1 minimum national wager where horse bettors will try to pick the winner of three important prep races for three-year-olds planning on running in the Kentucky Derby and the prestigious Triple Crown.

Two favorite horses in recent years, Smarty Jones and Afleet Alex, both captured the Arkansas Derby and finished their careers as top three-year-olds.

The Arkansas Derby has really gained in stature because of this, keeping its reputation as a vital race for any Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown hopeful.

The race is being held at Oaklawn Park, which was incorporated in 1904 and one of the select few that features the finest in live thoroughbred horse racing in America.

 

Arkansas Derby 2014 Contenders

Horse Jockey Trainer
Danza J. Bravo T. Pletcher
Knock Em Flat L. Quinonez D. Von Hemel
Tapiture J. Rosario S. Asmussen
Ride On Curlin J. Court W. Gowan
Thundergram N. Arroyo, Jr. M. Casse
Commissioner M. Smith T. Pletcher
Conquest Titan C. Borel M. Casse
Bayern G. Stevens B. Baffert
Strong Mandate L. Saez D. Lukas