American Pharoah rules supreme in GI Arkansas Derby win – Results and Replay

(American Pharoah)regally winning today’s GI Arkansas Derby by 8 lengths and will be the presumptive 2015 Kentucky Derby favorite this May 2nd!

American Pharoah, is on his way to Churchill Downs and the 2015 Kentucky Derby as the probable M/L Favorite after a tour de force, 8 lengths, winning performance in today’s $1,000,000, GI Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Far Right , was back those 8 lengths for 2nd with Mr. Z back another 3/4 length for 3rd and a neck in front of Madefromlucky, who fillout today’s rather chalky super payout!

Track Condition: Fast
Winning Time: 1:48.52


no. Horse Jockey Win Place Show
American Pharoah Victor Espinoza 2.20 2.20 2.10
Far Right Mike E. Smith   2.80 2.40
Mr. Z Ramon A. Vazquez     3.80



American Pharoah at 1/2 leads “8” into GI Arkansas Derby – Entries, M/L Odds, Post Positions, Free PP’s

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(American Pharoah) 2014’s 2yo Male HOY and GII Rebel stakes winner here at Oaklawn Park this year is the 1/2 heavy favorite to win Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby!

Race #9 – Arkansas Derby (gr I), Post Time – 6:18 pm CDT

Purse $1,000,000 – 3yos, at 1 1/8 mile, Dirt!

Free Past Performances,

(Oaklawn Park’s Saturday Free PP’s are posted below!)


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Silks PP. Horse m/l oDDS A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
 The Truth Or Else Silks 1. The Truth Or Else (KY) 15/1 3/C L C H Borel 118 K G McPeek
 Mr. Z Silks 2. Mr. Z (KY) 10/1 3/C L R A Vazquez 118 D W Lukas
 Bridget's Big Luvy Silks 3. Bridget’s Big Luvy (MD) 20/1 3/C L A Cruz 122 J C Englehart
 Madefromlucky Silks 4. Madefromlucky (KY) 6/1 3/C L J R Velazquez 118 T A Pletcher
 Bold Conquest Silks 5. Bold Conquest (KY) 20/1 3/C L R Santana, Jr. 118 S M Asmussen
 Mr. Z Silks 6. American Pharoah (KY) 1/2 3/C L V Espinoza 122 B Baffert
 Far Right Silks 7. Far Right (KY) 9/2 3/R L M E Smith 122 R Moquett
 Win The Space Silks 8. Win the Space (KY) 30/1 3/C L K J Desormeaux 118 G Papaprodromou

2015 GI Arkansas Derby – Probables and Free PP’s

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(American Pharoah) – the probable heavy M/L Favorite for Saturday’s big GI Arkansas Derby – (shown here) slopping home to a 6 lengths victory in the GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn last time!

Free Past Performances,

This year’s GI Arkansas Derby “Probables” are –

American Pharoah – by Pioneer of the Nile and out of a Yankee Gentleman mare, was a last out winner, by 6+ lengths, in the GII Rebel Stakes here at Oaklawn Park!

This 2014, 2yo Male HOY, trained by Bob Baffert, will no doubt be the GI Arkansas Derby M/L fav and probable at less than even money, too! He is sure to strike for the early lead that look to pull away down the lane!

He doesn’t need the win here with 64 Derby Points already, but a win would put him right near the top of the 2015 derby points heap and a big multi-length, pulling away, sub 1:49 winning time effort would make him a possible 2015 co-Kentucky Derby favorite with Bob Baffert’s other top derby runner in Dortmand!

Madefromlucky, by Lookin at Lucky out of a Pulpit mare, was back those 6 1/4 lengths to American Pharoah, last time out in that same GII Rebel Stakes where he was simply no match for the Pharaoh that day.

He has the pedigree to go this 1 1/8 mile distance here on Saturday but he’ll have to find more in the stretch this to be competitive here on Saturday!

Stalks the early pace as a rule and with just 20 Derby points on his resume, he does need more derby points so a top finish here is a most!

Bold Conquest, by Curlin out of a Distorted Humor mare, was 3rd and back 8 3/4 lengths at the end of that same GII Rebel last time! He is multi-graded stakes (placed) and has run against the best in his division in his last 4 graded starts!

He sits well off the early pace as a norm, then comes on late for a piece of the board, but with just 17 derby points to his credit he’ll need a win, place, or show effort here on Saturday to be part of the big show at Churchill on the first Saturday of May this year!

Far Right, by Notional and out of a Vindication mare, and The Truth Or Else, by Yes it’s True and a Colonial Affair mare, were the 1-2 finishers in the GIII Southwest Stakes prep here at Oaklawn back in mid Feb, as a sloppy track that day held a heavy hand over this race’s outcome and speed figures!

Both horses are not early speed types but seem to prefer a late run for at least a board hit as a general rule!

The Truth Or Else. did run a distance for 4th in that same GII Rebel Stakes last time out, while Far Right, has been cooling his heels ever since his Feb 15th, GIII Southwest victory waiting on this GI race to finish up his 2015 Derby prep season!

This pair, both need a top finishes here on Saturday to find a berth in Derby 141 as both now find themselves sitting on this year’s Derby bubble!


Far Right handles slop for another rail-skimming win in the GIII Southwest Stakes today – Results and Replay

FarRight – won his 2nd stakes at Oaklawn this winter by winning today’s GIII Southwest Stakes!

Far Right, made it 2 stakes wins in a row at Oaklawn Park this season with a sloppy track, rail skimming trip to win the $300,000, GIII Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park today!

The Truth Or Else and early pace setter  Mr. Z. needed a photo to settle the 2nd and 3rd spots, respectively!

Winning Time: 1:47.50

No. Horse Win Place Show
Far Right 7.40 3.40 2.80
The Truth Or Else   14.00 7.60
Mr. Z     3.40

Also ran were:
5 – Bold Conquest , 3 – Hillbilly Royalty , 2 – Majestico , 4 – Private Prospect , 1 – Bayerd , 7 – Phenomenal Phoenix , 9 – Kantune , 10 – Bold Animaux