Horse Racing: Arkansas Derby

Time for Truth Under Strong Consideration for G1 Arkansas Derby

Time for Truth Under Strong Consideration for G1 Arkansas Derby

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Lightly raced Time for Truth is under strong consideration for the Arkansas Derby following his entry-level allowance victory at 1 1/16 miles Saturday, trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. The $1.5 million G1-Arkansas Derby March 30 would mark Time for Truth's first Kentucky Derby points race and fourth start overall. Making…
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Arkansas Derby Contenders, Picks and Results

Arkansas Derby Contenders, Picks and Results

On May 2, 2020, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert became the first to ever win two editions of the Arkansas Derby (G1) in the same year. Charlatan took the first division of the split field, while Nadal won the second. No matter if you're looking for Arkansas Derby contenders, entries, odds, results and payouts, news, past winners, picks and tips,…
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Oaklawn opening infield for Rebel Stakes weekend, first time of the season

Oaklawn opening infield for Rebel Stakes weekend, first time of the season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - This weekend at Oaklawn is the last local prep race before the Arkansas Derby and they're betting on it being beautiful weather. After snow and rain put a damper on some races earlier in the year, Oaklawn is ready for some sunshine and all that this weekend has to offer. People across the state and country, like Cody Parry, are…
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Oaklawn to open infield for Rebel Stakes weekend

Oaklawn to open infield for Rebel Stakes weekend

With beautiful weather forecast for this weekend, Oaklawn has plans to open the infield for the first time this season. Racing fans will get a chance to experience the last local prep for the Arkansas Derby on the infield, but plans are to have the area open Saturday and Sunday, not just for the Grade 2 $1.25 million Rebel Stakes Saturday. "This is…
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Fair Grounds gets jump on Derby preps

Fair Grounds gets jump on Derby preps

Some horses one wanted to see next week in Hot Springs are running today in New Orleans. Hence, Rebel Saturday at Oaklawn may be played in a subdued, if not minor key. When the host track hikes the purse to $1.25 million, which Oaklawn has done with the Arkansas Derby prep, it stings to have so much A-list talent running elsewhere. Both the Rebel…
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Noel’s Weekend Winners: Three-Year-Olds in the Spotlight at Oaklawn Park

Noel’s Weekend Winners: Three-Year-Olds in the Spotlight at Oaklawn Park

Welcome to Noel Michaels' Weekend Winners, the place to go for weekend best bets and spot plays from veteran handicapper and tournament-play pioneer Noel Michaels. Check back every week for a couple of highlighted selections designed to help you cash a few bets and make some money. Noel's selections have been featured just about everywhere horse…
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Top 5 Horses To Watch In 2024

Top 5 Horses To Watch In 2024

Jared has the top 5 horses that every horse racing fan needs to watch in 2024, including 3 returning Breeders' Cup champions. Who is poised to have a superstar campaign that could culminate in hoisting a World Championship trophy in November at Del Mar? RacingDudes.com began when Jared Welch and Aaron Halterman, high school acquaintances,…
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Racing Dudes Triple Crown Fantasy League Draft Preview & Recap

Racing Dudes Triple Crown Fantasy League Draft Preview & Recap

Magic previews the 11th annual Racing Dudes Triple Crown Fantasy League Draft, where several of the smartest horse racing minds pick their top horses for the 2024 Kentucky Derby (G1) and beyond. Magic also recaps what happened in last year's Fantasy League, then welcomes the newest teams & players in a way that only Magic can. RacingDudes.com began…
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Caravaggio's Maljoom Powers To German 2000 Guineas Glory

Caravaggio's Maljoom Powers To German 2000 Guineas Glory

William Haggas' Newmarket stable is firing on all cylinders at present and continued its dominance when Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum's unbeaten Maljoom (Ire) (Caravaggio) overcame a slow start to maintain his perfect record in Sunday's G2 37th Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen - German 2000 Guineas at Cologne. The April-foaled bay went postward for this first…
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Horse-racing season begins today at Oaklawn

Horse-racing season begins today at Oaklawn

The 2023-2024 racing season begins at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs today. It will be a busy opening weekend at the track, with 10 races scheduled both today and Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m., and post time for today's first race is at 12:30 p.m., with trainer Steve Assmussen's 3-year-old gelding State School Smart an early betting…
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Australia racing: Golden Rose features deep 13-horse field

Australia racing: Golden Rose features deep 13-horse field

An outstanding renewal of the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill on Friday night features the horses and international jockeys who won Sydney's biggest 2-year-old races last season. The world's top-ranked rider, England's Ryan Moore, and star Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira will ride in the million-dollar race for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. The…
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Four Oaklawn Stakes winners entered at Churchill Downs

Four Oaklawn Stakes winners entered at Churchill Downs

Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen is scheduled to start millionaire Wicked Halo in the $300000 Open Mind Stakes for female sprinters and millionaire Pauline's Pearl in the $400000 G3-Locust Grove Stakes for fillies and mares. Pauline's Pearl (5-1 on the morning line) is among five Oaklawn-raced horses entered in the Locust Grove, a steppingstone to the…
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Dark Angel's Heredia On Top In The Atalanta

Dark Angel's Heredia On Top In The Atalanta

St Albans Bloodstock's 4-year-old homebred filly Heredia (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}-Nakuti {Ire}, by Mastercraftsman {Ire}) took seven attempts to make a stakes breakthrough, doing so in last month's Listed Dick Hern Fillies' S. at Haydock, and continued her belated rise up the ladder with a career high in Saturday's G3 Virgin Bet Atalanta S. at…
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Red Route One Rolls Home In the West Virginia Derby

Red Route One Rolls Home In the West Virginia Derby

Sent off the third betting choice at just shy of 4-1, Red Route One (Gun Runner) sustained a run for the better part of the final five furlongs and shot past the dueling pacesetters to give his owner Winchell Thoroughbreds a third win and trainer Steve Asmussen a sixth success in the GIII West Virginia Derby. Outrun early, the homebred was…
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The West Virginia Derby card has a new look for this year

The West Virginia Derby card has a new look for this year

NEW CUMBERLAND - The signature program of the racing season at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will shift to a Sunday and be run mostly in the evening for 2023. The last time the $500000 Grade III West Virginia Derby was held at night was 2002, when Wiseman's Ferry won the 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-olds. Since that time, it has been run…
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Contenders Continue Preparing For “Test of the Champion”

Contenders Continue Preparing For “Test of the Champion”

A talented field of nine sophomores will line up for the 155th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday at Belmont Park. 2023 Belmont Stakes Betting Bible, featuring the EXACT race-by-race wagering plans from the two founders of RacingDudes.com. See how they're playing every race on on June 10, 2023 at…
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Red Route One To Go It Alone; Disarm Out, Waiting For Travers

Red Route One To Go It Alone; Disarm Out, Waiting For Travers

Red Route One will be the sole representative for owner Ron Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, with stablemate Disarm now pointing toward Saratoga's Travers Stakes (G1) on August 26. 2023 Preakness Stakes Betting Bible, featuring the EXACT race-by-race wagering plans for Aaron Halterman…
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Stumble but no tumble: Afleet Alex’s Preakness win a marvel of atheticism

Stumble but no tumble: Afleet Alex’s Preakness win a marvel of atheticism

Race horses Afleet Alex and Scrappy T make contact during the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2005, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Despite falling to his knees, Afleet Alex would recover and win the race.(Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Rick Samuel) The 148th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday will create its own…
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40 Years After First Win, Lukas Hunting More Apple Blossom Glory

40 Years After First Win, Lukas Hunting More Apple Blossom Glory

D. Wayne Lukas leads Apple Blossom favorite Secret Oath to the track, Paige Mazurenko aboard the Kentucky Oaks winner (Coady Photography) Oaklawn Barn Notes by Robert Yates HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Thursday marks the 40 anniversary of D. Wayne Lukas' first career victory at Oaklawn, which means the Hall of Fame trainer could come full circle this weekend…
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Wright Takes Flight With Pinhook Grad Angel of Empire

Wright Takes Flight With Pinhook Grad Angel of Empire

Sam Wright has been purchasing racehorses for clients across the globe since founding Equine Investments International three years ago, but the Hong Kong native may have found his most successful graduate to date in the fields of Kentucky where he picked out three foals for a pinhooking partnership of friends. The trio included a son of Classic…
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Oaklawn helps state after storms

Oaklawn helps state after storms

Anyone who saw the attendance figures at Oaklawn and wondered why the crowd wasn't larger Saturday must not have read his previous morning's newspaper. That it was occasion for the 87th Arkansas Derby was more important than which horse won the race -- Angel of Empire should comport himself quite nicely in Kentucky, thank you -- but a longshot from…
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Angel of Empire Wins 2023 Arkansas Derby Ahead of Triple Crown Season

Angel of Empire Wins 2023 Arkansas Derby Ahead of Triple Crown Season

There is winning, and then there is obliterating the field. Angel of Empire did the latter on Saturday. The horse, led by jockey Flavien Prat, won the Arkansas Derby with a breathtaking move around the final turn and straightaway, blowing away the field to win at Oaklawn Park. TwinSpires Racing �� @TwinSpires Angel of Empire at 9/2 odds with jockey…
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Arkansas Derby 2023: Red Route One, Rocket Can, Reincarnate, And Angel Of Empire Top The Faves, But Lukas Has The Outlier In Bourbon Bash

Arkansas Derby 2023: Red Route One, Rocket Can, Reincarnate, And Angel Of Empire Top The Faves, But Lukas Has The Outlier In Bourbon Bash

Every spring, in this always-precarious homestretch of the Kentucky Derby preps, we know approximately half the class, or at least we may have a good idea where they're headed. And we may, if we have paid proper attention in the last year's better meetings, feel like we might know or at least suspect who the likely stars are in the other half.…
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Rocket Can gives owner a bad case of Arkansas Derby fever

Rocket Can gives owner a bad case of Arkansas Derby fever

Frank Fletcher has Derby fever, but it's not the Kentucky kind. Fletcher was raised in tiny Tamo, Ark., about 80 miles southeast of Hot Springs, attended the University of Arkansas and later became a highly successful businessman in the state, with interests ranging from furs to restaurants, hotels to automobile dealerships. Fletcher, 80, is also a…
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Arkansas Derby Picks & Trifecta Predictions: Rocket Can To Blast

Arkansas Derby Picks & Trifecta Predictions: Rocket Can To Blast

The 2023 Arkansas Derby picks will see several horses tipped up for glory at Oaklawn Park on Saturday - the latest Kentucky Derby trial race. However, we feel the Bill Mott-trained Rocket Can is the one that can blast his rivals away. ��Time/Date: 6:50pm (Local) (Saturday April 1, 2023) ��Racecourse: Oaklawn Park (Race 12, Grade 1, Dirt, 1m 1/8 for…
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2023 Arkansas Derby predictions, odds, date, post time, contenders: Surprising picks from horse racing expert

2023 Arkansas Derby predictions, odds, date, post time, contenders: Surprising picks from horse racing expert

The Kentucky Derby is just five weeks away, and on Saturday the road to Louisville goes through Hot Springs, Ark., when 11 horses leave the starting gate in the 2023 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. One of the major Kentucky Derby prep races, the Arkansas Derby will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the first five finishers, including 100 to…
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How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In California

How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In California

Good News - you can bet on the Arkansas Derby in California by joining the sports betting sites featured on this page. These trusted sportsbooks allow betting on horse racing and also $1000's of free bets to get you off to the perfect start. You can use these California sportsbooks to bet in ANY US state if you've joined this page from America.…
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How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In Kentucky

How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In Kentucky

You can bet on the Arkansas Derby in Kentucky by joining the recommended sports betting sites featured on this page. These have racebooks for placing bets on horse racing and also $1000's of free bets to look out for. Plus, you can use these Kentucky sportsbooks to bet in ANY state if you've joined this page from outside Kentucky. Read on for…
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Competitive field of 11 in Arkansas Derby; Wet Paint favored to add Fantasy

Competitive field of 11 in Arkansas Derby; Wet Paint favored to add Fantasy

While Forte will be a standout favorite in the Florida Derby on Saturday, the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park later in the afternoon appears as if it will be a much more competitive affair on the track and at the betting windows. A field of 11 will travel 1 1/8 miles, with Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 100-40-30-20-10…
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HorseCenter: Arkansas Derby, Florida Derby analysis top picks

HorseCenter: Arkansas Derby, Florida Derby analysis top picks

Champion Forte looks to win his fifth race in a row in the $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby while breaking from post position 11 in this field of 12. Forte is going to be an odds-on favorite at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The $1.25 million Arkansas Derby is also a Grade 1 race with 11 runners but has a more contentious field with three horses who…
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How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In Arkansas

How To Bet On The Arkansas Derby In Arkansas

You can bet on the Arkansas Derby in Arkansas by hooking up with the sports betting sites listed on this page. These have racebooks for horse racing betting and also $1000's of free bets to claim. Plus, you can use these Arkansas sportsbooks to bet in ANY state if you've joined this page from outside Arkansas. Read on for details of these leading…
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2023 Arkansas Derby Runners: Reincarnate Heads 11 Entries

2023 Arkansas Derby Runners: Reincarnate Heads 11 Entries

The 2023 Arkansas Derby runners see 11 entries heading to post for Saturday's big Oaklawn Park race. With the Tim Yakteen-trained Reincarnate topping the betting for the big weekend Kentucky Derby trial. We've got all the entries, riders and post positions for the Oaklawn Park showpiece. Reincarnate will be hoping to bounce back to life in…
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Super Stock wins Arkansas Derby to qualify for Kentucky

Super Stock wins Arkansas Derby to qualify for Kentucky

Super Stock used a late surge under Ricardo Santana Jr. to win the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby and lock up a spot in next month's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Super Stock saved ground throughout while pressing the pace before angling out in mid-stretch and reeling in both odds-on favorite Concert…
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Last Samurai good again for Lukas

Last Samurai good again for Lukas

Last Samurai, under Cristian Torres, wins the Grade 3 $500000 Essex Handicap Saturday at Oaklawn. - Photo courtesy of Coady Photography Darrell Wayne Lukas' golden years are becoming like those of TV star Betty White, who died less than a month before what would have been her 100th birthday. Lukas gets around slower, walking with a cane, at 87 but…
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McPeek Eying Arkansas Derby With Recent Winners

McPeek Eying Arkansas Derby With Recent Winners

Mendelssohns March remains undefeated with an allowance win March 9 (Coady Photography) Oaklawn Barn Notes by Robert Yates HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Add a pair of recent Oaklawn winners for trainer Kenny McPeek to the list of early probables for the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 1. McPeek said unbeaten Mendelssohns March and Interlock…
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Arkansas Derby Predictions, Picks, Odds (Oaklawn Park)

Arkansas Derby Predictions, Picks, Odds (Oaklawn Park)

A dominating winner in three starts this winter against fillies, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Secret Oath will be out to prove she is ready for a new challenge when she takes on the boys in the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn Park. In trying to become the first filly to win a Kentucky Derby qualifier since the adoption of the…
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Lukas may speak this week about sending filly to Ark. Derby

Lukas may speak this week about sending filly to Ark. Derby

Entertaining the idea of sending a filly into the Arkansas Derby, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he plans to cover a variety of subjects in his keynote address Wednesday during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's annual convention at Oaklawn's luxury hotel overlooking the track's first turn. "I think we'll try…
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Bailey finds key to once roguish Summer Shoes

Bailey finds key to once roguish Summer Shoes

Summer Shoes, under Chel-c Bailey, wins the $150000 Downthedustryroad Breeders' Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn. - Photo courtesy of Coady Photography A one-time MMA fighter, Chel-c Bailey is making steady progress in her new line of work. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort fans can attest after watching the jockey's first career stakes victory Saturday. In…
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Defenders favored in state-bred stakes

Defenders favored in state-bred stakes

Connie K (4) wins the Downthedustyroad Breeders' Stakes on March 5, 2022. - Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography A cooling-off at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort was in order after Rebel Stakes weekend produced a $21-million all-sources handle. That 12-race card Feb. 25 featured the $1 million Rebel for 3-year-olds and the $300000 Honeybee for…
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2023 Rebel Stakes Betting Odds and Contenders Preview

2023 Rebel Stakes Betting Odds and Contenders Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Derby in Arkansas continues Saturday, February 25, with the Rebel Stakes (G2). The 1 1/16-mile race over the Oaklawn dirt drew a field of 11 to compete for rich spoils: a $1 million purse and 50-20-15-10-5 Road to the Kentucky Derby points for the top five finishers. It is the third points race in Oaklawn's series: preceded…
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Chasing 10,000: Asmussen needs 4 wins to reach milestone

Chasing 10,000: Asmussen needs 4 wins to reach milestone

He will have to wait until at least Sunday to reach the goal, but Steve Asmussen added one victory Saturday to move within four of becoming the first trainer based in North America to reach 10000 career wins. Three-time graded-stakes winner Silver Prospector (5-2) took the lead in the second turn and ran on to win by 3 3/4 lengths in the seventh…
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Rick Lee’s Oaklawn selections and analysis

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn selections and analysis

FILE - Shane Laviolette, right, aboard Prime Number, and other horses burst out of the gate at the start of the second race on opening day at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs in 2016. See Rick Lee's picks and analysis for today's races, which start at 12:30 p.m. FRIDAY'S RESULTS 0-9 (0%) MEET 68-234 (29.
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Previewing The 2022 Arkansas Derby

Previewing The 2022 Arkansas Derby

The Arkansas Derby, one of the final races for the second leg of the 2022 Road to Kentucky Derby series, is just a month away now. The annual event will be held at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The winner of the race will pocket an ultra-valuable 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Second place will take home 40, third place 20…
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