GI Arkansas Derby draws a field of 10 – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free PP’s

Oaklawn Park - site of Saturday's GI Arkansas Derby
Oaklawn Park – site of Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby

The 2013 $1,000,000, GI Arkansas Derby is the last of 100-40-20-10 Derby points format races this season for 3yo’s in search of a berth into the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum Brands).

A 1 1/8 mile dirt course over the Oaklawn Park main awaits to test the derby meddle of this year’s cast of 3yo’s on Saturday!

Free Past Performances,

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Carve R   Santana, Jr. 118 S M Asmussen  20/1
2. War Academy M E Smith 118 B   Baffert  2/1
3. Divine Ambition B J Hernandez, Jr. 118 D   Miller  20/1
4. Falling Sky M   Garcia 122 J P Terranova, II  10/1
5. Den’s Legacy R   Albarado 122 B   Baffert  6/1
6. Heaven’s Runway I   Ocampo 122 J R Martin 20/1
7. Texas Bling C H Borel 122 D   Durham  20/1
8. Frac Daddy V   Lebron 118 K G McPeek  15/1
9. Overanalyze R   Bejarano 122 T A Pletcher  4/1
10. Oxbow G L Stevens 122 D W Lukas  5/1

Picks are – 9,10,2,5 exacta box, with the 4 or 8 in the super spot!

GI Toyota Bluegrass Stakes draws 14 – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free PP’s

Keeneland  - This Saturday at Keeneland the GI Toyota Bluegrass Stakes will be the centerpiece to a big day of graded racing here!
Keeneland – This Saturday at Keeneland the GI Toyota Bluegrass Stakes will be the centerpiece to a big day of graded racing here!

To view “Live Racing” from Keeneland today “Click Here” – First Post is at 1:05 p.m. EDT


The $750,000, GI Toyota Bluegrass Stakes might just be our favorite 3yo race of the spring each year, as 14, 3YOs, usually in critical need for some derby points, will for many, be a first time  to have to navigate this Keeneland poly surface and do it at a distance of a 1 1/8 mile, which few of them will have any experience at. It’s a recipe for another wild GI outcome here at Keeneland every spring.

Free Past Performances, or DRF Format Past Performances

Look for another off the wall finish in this 14 horse field here on Saturday in Keeneland’s “gift” to the Derby each season in the GI Toyota Bluegrass Stakes!

Race #10, post time 5:40 p.m. EDT

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Dynamic Sky  J   Rosario 123 M E Casse  10/1
2. My Name Is Michael  S   Bridgmohan 123 W I Mott  15/1
3. Undrafted  C S Nakatani 123 W A Ward  10/1
4. Java’s War  J R Leparoux 123 K G McPeek  4/1
5. Palace Malice  G K Gomez 123 T A Pletcher  8/1
6. Channel Isle  J   Rocco, Jr. 123 D W Lukas  30/1
7. Uncaptured  M   Mena 123 M E Casse  7/2
8. Charming Kitten  J   Bravo 123 T A Pletcher  10/1
9. Tesseron  A   Garcia 123 J   Carroll  50/1 
10. Footbridge  C J Lanerie 123 E G Harty  20/1
11. Balance the Books  J   Castellano 123 C C Brown  15/1
12. West Hills Giant  J L Espinoza 123 J P Terranova, II  20/1
13. Rydilluc  E S Prado 123 G C Contessa  4/1
14. Fear the Kitten  R   Napravnik 123 M J Maker  30/1

Picks are – 13,7,4,5 exacta box, with the 3,1 or 8 in the super spot!

Goldencents wins GI Santa Anita Derby – Results and Replay

Goldencents - winner of today's GI Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park
Goldencents – winner of today’s GI Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park

Goldencents, took command of this $750,000, GI Santa Anita Derby on the far turn then turn away Flashback, in the stretch to win a trip to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Presented by Yum Brands with 1 1/4 length victory on a fast Santa Anita 1 1/8 mile main course this afternoon!

Full Results and Race Replay

Flashback, was back those 1 1/4 length in a chasing 2nd place finish, 3rd went to the early speed here today in Super Ninety Nine, with Tiz a Minister, rounding out the super in Santa Anita Park’s final 3yo prep race of the 2013 winter/spring meet!

Payouts and Winning Time,

Age Restriction: Three Year Old
Purse: $750,000
Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Dirt
Track Condition: Fast
Winning Time: 1:48.76
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
5. Goldencents Kevin Krigger 15.00 5.40 3.40
1. Flashback Garrett K. Gomez 3.00 2.20
6. Super Ninety Nine Martin Garcia 3.40
Also ran were: 4. – Tiz a Minister , 3. – Power Broker , 8. – Storm Fighter , 7. – Summer Exclusive , 9. – Dirty Swagg
Wager Type Winning Numbers Payoff
$1 Pick 3 8-6-5 (3 correct) 96.20
$2 Daily Double 6-5 44.20
$1 Exacta 5-1 17.80
$1 Superfecta 5-1-6-4 185.60
$1 Trifecta 5-1-6 61.30

Baffert bringing 3 to GI Santa Anita Derby – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

santa anita derby logoLive racing from Santa Anita today, First Post is at 3:00pm EDT! Click Here

Bob Baffert, will roll out his 3 best So/Cal 3yo’s to run in this Saturday’s $750,000, GI Santa Anita Derby, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/8 mile around the Santa Anita main track!

UpdateHear The Ghost, off the derby trail with injury – “Link to Full Story

Free Past Performances,

This final leg of the 2013 Derby Trail here at Santa Anita Park does also offer “100”points towards a GI Kentucky Derby gate for this year’s winner under the new 100-40-20-10 format for awarding derby points this year! So, the winner here on Saturday should easily move on to Louisville and the 139th running of the GI Kentucky Derby, Presented by Yum Brands!

This year’s Baffert GI Santa Anita Derby troika will include;

Super Ninety Nine, who looks to regain some past glory after an off outing in the GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn last out. Perhaps the warm southern California climate and fast Santa Anita surface could help bring him around to his winning ways once again!

Dido that for Flashback too, as he took it on the chin in the GII San Felipe Stakes here last month in a getting caught in deep stretch effort to hold on for 2nd, after a solid-looking win the GII Bob Lewis Stakes back in Feb.

Power Broker, winner of the GI Frontrunner Stakes here at Santa Anita last fall, then finished a decent enough 5th in the B/C Juvy tussle last Nov. but hasn’t raced at all in 2013. So a first out of the season in a GI 1 1/8 mile tussle again some now seasoned competition will be a daunting task. But, perhaps that sly boots Baffert has been playing possum with this one and saving his best for last here!

Goldencents, out of the Doug O’Neill barn, also looks to repair his Derby cred as well off a distant 4th finish in that same GII San Felipe Stakes last out after big wins in the GIII Delta Downs Jackpot and GIII Sham Stakes here way back in early Jan. here!

Tiz a Minister, the Cal/bred, who was just flying at the end of that GII San Felipe Stakes here last out would have the most to gain with the extra 1 /16 of a mile here on Saturday as in a few more jumps would have power-driven past Hear The Ghost and Flashback in that same GII San Felipe torrid finish! We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one here Saturday!

Hear The Ghost, off the derby trail with injury – “Link to Full Story

Storm Fighter, winner of a Mar 2nd, Msw here at 1 1/16 mile by almost 6 lengths at least doesn’t have to stretch out very far to somehow be in the mix here on Saturday!

Summer Exclusive  and Dirty Swagg rounds out this nicely sized field of 9 for Saturday’s GI Santa Anita Derby!

Race #9, 4 p.m. PDT

Today’s Forecast: Partly Cloudy

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Flashback  G K Gomez 122 B   Baffert  9/5
2. Hear the Ghost  C S Nakatani 122 J   Hollendorfer scr’d
3. Power Broker  R   Bejarano 122 B   Baffert  5/1
4. Tiz a Minister  J   Talamo 122 P G Aguirre  6/1
5. Goldencents  K   Krigger 122 D F O’Neill  6/1
6. Super Ninety Nine  M   Garcia 122 B   Baffert  6/1
7. Summer Exclusive  E A Maldonado 122 P   Miller  20/1
8. Storm Fighter  G L Stevens 122 B   Headley  20/1
9. Dirty Swagg T   Baze 122 M K Cho  50/1

Picks are – 1,4,5,6 exacta box, with the 3 added to the back end of a super play!