A divine 9 goes postward for GI Arkansas Derby – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Watch them break from the gates in the $1,000,000 GI Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park Saturday, April 12th!

A very talented field of “9” 3yo’s is set for this year’s $1,000,000, GI Arkansas Derby, for 3yo’s, going 1 1/8 mile out on Oaklawn Park main track and will go as the last of this year’s 100 Derby Points races with a sure-fire Derby 140 gate is waiting for the winner of this final Derby Trail, 3yo test here at Oaklawn Park this season!

Free Past Performances,← Brisnet Free Past Performances ← DRF

  Tapiture, at 9/5, will probably be the post time favorite, coming off a tough trip in the GII Rebel Stakes to get the runner-up spot over a soggy surface last out. He did win the the GIII Southwest Stakes here by 4 1/4 lengths over Ride On Curlin and  Strong Mandate 2 back. He can go early or sit just off an early pace.

 Bayern, at 2/1, has but 2 lifetime starts with his last out being a 15 lengths wow performance in a S/A Alw at a mile run in 1:35.3. Lots and lots of buzz here but will need a 1st or a 2nd to move on to Louisville from here. He’s Bob Baffert trained and will get a Gary Stevens ride! He pretty much is an early front ride but with just 2 races under his belt its hard to say where he’ll be early on in this one!

 Strong Mandate, at 9/2, was the earlier pace setter in that same sloppy GII Rebel Stakes here last out fading to 4th 2 1/4 lengths off the winner. He was a good 2nd in the GIII Southwest Stakes and an equally good 3rd in the B/C Juvenile last fall and is one of the rare ones still in training from that 2yo championship tilt! Like Tapiture , he can sit early or go early!

 Commissioner, at 8/1, was another early season Derby buzz horse who last 2 outs include a 6th in the GII Fountain of Youth Stakes and a 3rd in the GIII Sunland Derby but in both outings he was well off the winner! Needs points to move on but only a 1st or a 2nd will do here for him here! He comes late if he comes at all!

 Conquest Titan, at 10/1, 2nd in the the GII Holy Bull Stakes by a good 5 lengths then 4th in the GII Tampa Bay Derby last out by almost 5 lengths again! He should do better at this 1 1/8 mile distance being a son of Birdstone out of a Mineshaft mare. He comes late so no early pacesetter here. 

 Ride On Curlin, at 12/1, had the stretch lead for a brief while in that same sloppy GII Rebel Stakes here last out but faded to 3rd but only a length off that winner! He was 3rd in the GIII Southwest Stakes here too earlier this season. He likes to near the early pace too for the most part.

 Thundergram , 30/1 and  Danza , 15/1, round out this 2014 edition of 9 runners but both are a cut or 2 below the rest of this field with just mdn wins to their resumes.

So, it’s on to Louisville after this one is over as the $1,000,000, GI Arkansas Derby all but closes the book on the bulk of the 2014 Derby Trail season.

Post Time for Race #11 – 6:07 pm CDT

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Danza  J Bravo 118 T A Pletcher  15/1
2. Knock Em Flat  L S Quinonez 118 D K Von Hemel  Scr’d
3. Tapiture  J Rosario 122 S M Asmussen  9/5
4. Ride On Curlin  J K Court 118 W G Gowan  12/1
5. Thundergram  N Arroyo, Jr. 118 M E Casse 30/1 
6. Commissioner  M E Smith 118 T A Pletcher  8/1
7. Conquest Titan  C H Borel 122 M E Casse  10/1
8. Bayern  G L Stevens 118 B Baffert  2/1
9. Strong Mandate  L Saez 122 D W Lukas  9/2

Picks are – 3,4,7,8 exacta box with the 6 or 9 at the back of a super play


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