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Arkansas Derby

Date: April 11, 15
Purse: $1,000,000
Grade: I
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Age: 3 years old
Sex: Both
Turf: Dirt

Oaklawn Park
P.O. Box 699 2705 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71902


As the final race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series that offers 100 points to the winner, Oaklawn Park s signature race figures to be a contentious affair with only one entrant, Oxbow, currently possessing enough points (36) to likely be able to run for the roses. The G2 Rebel S. runner up won t have to face his conqueror from that race, stablemate Will Take Charge, who is training up to the first Saturday in May. But he will have to face a pair of Bob Baffert trainees as the Hall of Famer goes for his second straight Arkansas Derby. Baffert s lightly raced and rapidly improving War Academy was made the 2/1 morning line favorite over Oxbow s 5/2. Though far less experienced, War Academy enters off a sharp optional claiming score at Santa Anita. The son of Giant s Causeway will be making his first start outside of the Golden State. He ll be joined by stablemate Den s Legacy, a consistent, hard-knocking sort who returns to Hot Springs after picking up the Rebel show check. Future Hall of Fame conditioner Todd Pletcher will be represented by Overanalyze, who disappointed with a 5 th -place finish as the favorite in Aqueduct s G3 Gotham S. on 3/2. But that was his 1 st start off a layoff, and he can be expected to improve here. Texas Bling, from the little known barn of Danele Durham, has a stakes win and placing on his resume and gets Calvin Borel in the irons after running 4 th in the Rebel under Cliff Berry. Like Texas Bling, Heaven s Runway is a locally-based runner with a stakes win and placing. He was a distant 3 rd in the sloppy Southwest S. here but did beat seven foes in that contest. The well-traveled Falling Sky won the G3 Sam Davis S. at Tampa then checked in 3 rd in that track s Derby. He returned to Palm Meadows after that then shipped to Churchill Downs, where he was expected to head to Keeneland for the G1 Blue Grass S. Trainer John Terranova II opted to keep him on dirt, so he ll try to add to his current 20 point total in this spot. Frac Daddy is another shipper whose plans were changed. Conditioner Ken McPeek was leaning towards the G3 Illinois Derby but changed his mind after this colt worked well with Blue Grass S. entrant Java s War. He ll need a dramatic form reversal from what he s shown as a sophomore. Rushaway S. runner up Divine Ambition is cross-entered as an AE in the Blue Grass S. after originally targeting the Lexington S. Carve is the only entrant not eligible for the Triple Crown and was claimed from his winning debut. He was last seen finishing mid-pack in the Rebel.

Arkansas Derby is a Grade1 horse racing event that is organized at Oaklawn Park. It has a purse value of 1,000,000. Horses that can cover a distance of 9 furlongs may participate in the race.

Arkansas Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2013 Overanalyze Todd Pletcher Rafael Bejarano Repole Stable 1:51.94
2012 Secret Circle Bob Baffert Rafael Bejarano Watson/Pegram/Weitman 1:44.55
2011 The Factor Bob Baffert Martin Garcia Fog City Stable & G. Bolton 1:42.19
2010 Lookin at Lucky Bob Baffert Garrett Gomez Mike Pegram/Watson/Weitman 1:43.06
2009 Win Willy McLean Robertson Cliff Berry Jer-Mar Stable LLC 1:44.41
2008 Sierra Sunset Jeff Bonde Chris Emigh Lebherz/Mariani/Schmitt/Wirth 1:43.88
2007 Curlin Steve Asmussen Robby Albarado Padua Stables et al. 1:44.70
2006 Lawyer Ron Robert E. Holthus John McKee James T. Hines, Jr. 1:44.09
2005 Greater Good Robert E. Holthus John McKee Lewis Lakin 1:44.92
2004 Smarty Jones John Servis Stewart Elliott Roy & Patricia Chapman 1:42.07
2003 Crowned King Billy McKeever Chandra Rennie McKeever Racing Stable 1:44.00
2002 Windward Passage Steve Asmussen Donnie Meche Team Valor 1:45.06
2001 Crafty Shaw Peter M. Vestal Joe Johnson Lucky Seven Stable 1:43.82
2000 Snuck In Steve Asmussen Cash Asmussen Ackerley Bros. Farm 1:42.99
1999 Etbauer Steve J. Wren Mike E. Smith K & H. Biggs 1:44.00
1998 Victory Gallop W. Elliott Walden Eibar Coa Prestonwood Farm Inc. 1:44.60
1997 Phantom On Tour Lynn S. Whiting Larry Melancon W. Cal Partee 1:42.80
1996 Ide Peter M. Vestal Craig Perret Willmott Stables 1:44.00
1995 Mystery Storm Larry Robideaux Craig Perret David Beard 1:44.40
1994 Judge T C Gary G. Hartlage Joe Johnson Bea & R. H. Roberts 1:44.00
1993 Dalhart Tom Bohannan Mike E. Smith Loblolly Stable 1:42.20
1992 Pine Bluff Tom Bohannan Jerry D. Bailey Loblolly Stable 1:42.80
1991 Quintana David C. Cross David Guillory Gary M. Garber 1:42.60
1990 Nuits St. Georges Douglas Peterson Jamie Bruin Photini Jaffe 1:46.00
1989 Manastash Ridge D. Wayne Lukas Antonio Castanon Tayhill Stables 1:43.00
1988 Sea Trek Gary G. Hartlage Patrick A. Johnson Diana Stable 1:42.60
1987 Demons Begone Philip M. Hauswald Pat Day Loblolly Stable 1:41.40
1986 Rare Brick Tony Foyt Mike E. Smith Pin Oak Stable & A. J. Foyt 1:43.20
1985 Clever Allemont Lynn S. Whiting Pat Day W. Cal Partee 1:44.40
1984 Vanlandingham C. R. McGaughey III Pat Day Loblolly Stable 1:41.00
1983 Sunny's Halo David C. Cross, Jr. Larry Snyder David J. Foster 1:42.20
1982 Bold Style Jack Van Berg Larry Snyder L. Mayer 1:43.80
1981 Bold Ego Dennis Werre John Lively Double B Ranch & J. Kidd 1:41.40
1980 Temperence Hill Joseph B. Cantey Darrell Haire Loblolly Stable 1:42.80
1979 Lucy's Axe Joseph B. Cantey Eddie Maple Mrs. L. Close 1:45.80
1978 Chop Chop Tomahawk E. Jackson Larry Snyder Daybreak Farm 1:42.40
1977 United Holme Robert E. Holthus Jorge Tejeira Lofton & Robert E. Holthus 1:42.20
1976 Riverside Sam E. Jackson Garth Patterson Daybreak Farm 1:41.60
1975 Promised City Larry Spraker David E. Whited Big I Farm 1:44.40
1974 Perfect Aim Harold Tinker Geary E. Louviere W. Cal Partee 1:44.40
1973 Game Lad David R. Vance A. Herrera Dan Lasater 1:41.20
1972 Our Trade Winds Robert E. Holthus Lonnie Ray R. Mitchell 1:42.60
1971 Compte Deux Ike K. Mourar Don Brumfield Robert E. Lehmann 1:44.40
1970 Admiral's Shield Harvey L. Vanier Stanley A. Spencer W. C. Robinson 1:44.00
1969 Traffic Mark Ronnie G. Warren Phil I. Grimm M/M Robert F. Roberts 1:42.80
1968 Etony H. Holcomb J. Pagano G. B. Newbill 1:43.80
1967 Betemight Doug M. Davis, Jr. Henry Moreno G. M. Holtsinger & M. Davis 1:40.80
1966 Timely Move Charlie Vinci M. Freed Cantor & Hill 1:42.20
1965 Swift Ruler Gin L. Collins Larry Spraker E. Allen 1:44.20
1964 Spike Nail Robert E. Holthus Ronnie J. Campbell C. O. Viar 1:43.00
1963 Devil It Is G. Alberico Robert Gallimore Bar-Al-Mar Stable 1:45.00
1962 Treasury Note Henry Forrest Wayne Chambers J. C. Pollard 1:42.40
1961 Bass Clef Anthony W. Rupelt Ronald Baldwin Vera E. Smith 1:42.40
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