Arkansas Derby

The last day of live racing in Hot Springs at Oaklawn is tomorrow! (April16) 



A field of 13 is set for the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the meet’s centerpiece that is run at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The race has been a strong prep for the Kentucky Derby in recent history. Calvin Borel ( who has won three Kentucky Derbies on eight mounts) will be riding Elite Alex. This is his last chance to earn a spot in the May 7 Kentucky Derby.


Arkansas Derby favorite is The Factor, one of seven horses from California who arrived in the city earlier this week. The Factor is expected to be a strong favorite in the full field Saturday under jockey Martin Garcia. Temperatures for tomorrow
are forecast for the low 70s. Here is the Post Position Order of the race, which will differ from program numbers. 



1 Nehro – Corey Nakatani – Steve Asmussen –
5-1


2 Elite Alex – Calvin Borel – Tim Ritchey –
8-1


3 The Factor – Martin Garcia – Bob Baffert –
7-5f


4 Brethren – Ramon Dominguez – Todd Pletcher
– 10-1


5 Sway Away – Patrick Valenzuela – Jeff
Bonde – 6-1


6a Caleb’s Posse – Eddie Razo Jr. – Donnie
K. Von Hemel – 10-1


7 Truman’s Commander – Israel Ocampo – Nick
Zito – 30-1


8a Alternation – Luis Quinonez – Donnie K.
Von Hemel – 10-1


9 Dance City – Javier Castellano – Todd
Pletcher – 15-1


10 Archarcharch – Jon Court – Jinks Fires –
12-1


11 J P’s Gusto – Cliff Berry – Joe Petalino
– 15-1


12 J W Blue – Joe Rocco Jr. – Tony Dutrow –
30-1


13 Saratoga Red – Terry Thompson – D. Wayne
Lukas – 30-1


a- coupled entry trained by Donnie K. Von
Hemel


Elite Alex, Brethren, Sway Away & J P’s
Gusto will race with blinkers on.
And they’re off!
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