2012 GI Arkansas Derby draws 11 | Posts, PP’s, Picks, M/L Odds

The 2012 GI Arkansas Derby is Saturday at Oaklawn Park!

Bob Baffert is at it again here at Oaklawn Park in the $1,000,000 GI Arkansas Derby, going 1 1/8 mile with 2 of his best 3yo’s in Bodemeister at 9/5 and Secret Circle at 5/2 as the M/L fav’s for Saturday big GI test here!

Free Past Performances,

Bodemeister gave Creative Cause all he could handle in the GII San Felipe last out so to avoid another match-up with Creative Cause, Sir Bob has brought Bodemeister here to the Arkansas Derby for a shot at a derby berth on May 5th.

Bodemeister will need the win here however to move on to Louisville as he lacks sufficient GSE without the win here! Since 2nd place doesn’t help he’ll have to go all in here, so a spot in your exotics for him, as well !

Secret Circle, is the other half of this Baffert entry, has wins in the GIII Southwest Stakes and GII Rebel Stakes already over this strip, but looked dog tired in the stretch of the Rebel last out and we’re concerned that the 1 1/8 mile isn’t his cup of tea. Exotics for sure but don’t solo him anywhere!

Optimizer, a D. Wayne Lucas pupil was closing on Secret Circle like a house on fire in the Rebel stretch and would have caught him in several more strides. So Optimizer should find his way onto your exotics list and with a win or a good 2nd will find him on the road to Louisville to dance with D. Wayne one more time at the Downs!

Sabercat, is back and looking for redemption with a top 3 finish here that will quickly move him onto the Big Dance as he already has a ticket with over $600k in GSE! He’d be a cautious exotics play on Saturday!

Isn’t He Clever, brings a hard-fought 2nd in the GIII Sunland Derby on a solid 3yo resume into this race, But needs a top 2 finish however, to be the Churchill paddock on May 5th! Needs to succeed here so exotic’s for him.

Those to keep an eye on here this Saturday are: Raconteur, Stat, Najjaar and Jake Mo!

So this field of 11 is set for Oaklawn Park’s final Derby prep of the 2012  season with the GI Arkansas Derby!

(highlighted horse names are linked to that horse’s individual Past Performances, just “click” on any name)

By Posts, Horses, M/L Odds,

1. Cozzetti – 15/1

2. Stat – 10/1

3. Najjaar – 15/1

4. Jake Mo – 30/1

5. Secret Circle – 5/2

6. Isn’t He Clever – 6/1

7. Optimizer – 30/1

8. Atigun – 30/1

9. Sabercat – 15/1

10. Raconteur  – 15/1

11. Bodemeister – 6/5

Weights, are 122 lbs are Jake Mo, Racontour, Secret Circle, Isn’t He Clever and Sabercat everyone else lugs 118 lbs!

Post time is 5:45 pm CDT!

Picks are – 11,5,6,7 in  boxed exacta, then add the 10,9 to a dime super!

So a good GI contest is on tap here at Oaklawn Park this Saturday to wrap up their Derby Trail season for 2012 and maybe more than one contender here could find their way into the 138th “Run for the Roses”!

“Good Luck” everyone!

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Plum Pretty just plum better in GI Apple Blossom Handicap | Results and Replay

Plum Pretty winning today's GI Apple Blossom Hcp at Oaklawn Park

Taking control on the far turn, Plum Pretty, trained by that man again, Bob Baffert, showed why she was just plum better than her four rivals in winning today’s $500,000, GI Apple Blossom Handicap by a comfortable 2 1/4  lengths, in a winning time of 1:42.64 over a “fast” 1 1/16 mile course of the Oaklawn Park main!

“Full Chart”, (Video)

Absinthe Minded held on for 2nd by a “neck” over Tiz Miz Sue!

Holy Heavens and Twelve Twenty Two finished well off the leaders in this 5-horse field!

We said the pickings might be lean here, well how about a $13.40 exacta payout and a $10.40 tri for our 1,3,5 box’d exotics picks. Hardly worth the risk here!

So Plum Pretty looked like the Plum Pretty that won last year’s Kentucky Oaks as she made this look easy here today at Oaklawn Park and as if the older ladies division needed any more company, you’re going to have to add her to your exotic’s plays where ever she shows up this season!

Mamma Kimbo wins GII Fantasy Stakes | Results and Replay

Mamma Kimbo winning today's GII Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park

Bob Baffert did it again, this time with Mamma Kimbo holding off Amie’s Dini in the Oaklawn stretch to win in wire to wire fashion by 1 1/4 length the $300,000, GII Fantasy Stakes , going 1 1/16 mile in a good time of 1:43.64!

“Full Chart”,   (Video)

Coming 3rd back 3/4’s of a length was the other Baffert entry in Jemima’s Pearl and filling the super was Wait Til Dawn back 1 1/4 further!

Also ran were: Off Limits, Kittty Kat Karly, Illegally Blonde with  Livi Makenzie an early scratch!

So Bob Baffert has another reason now to be at Churchill on Kentucky Oaks Day, with his 3yo filly earning a gate in that race off this win, as the 2012 Kentucky Oaks is now shaping up to be quite the battle!

Only 5 for this year’s GI Apple Blossom Hcp | Posts,Picks,PP’s,M/L Odds

The GI Apple Blossom Hcp is the Friday fun at Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park presents its final Ladies Handicap division GI tussle of the season there in the $500,000 GI Apple Blossom Hcp, going 1 1/16 mile over the Oaklawn main this Friday the 13th!

Free Past Performances,

This race was greatly diminished when 2011 HOY Harve de Grace bowed out of defending her title here and instead opting for a start in the GII La Troienne Stakes on Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

So we’re left with just a field of 5 lead by Tiz Miz Sue coming off a big win in the GIII Azeri Stakes here last out!

Bob Baffert’s, 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty and the front running and big time G/S runner Absinthe Minded who is the “Home Cookin” horse in here on Friday!

So below is this field of five fine ladies out for a Friday stroll in the GI Apple Blossom Stakes!

By Posts, Horse, M/L Odds,

1. Tiz Miz Sue – 2/1

2. Holy Heavens – 20/1

3. Absinthe Minded – 5/1

4. Twelve Twenty Two – 6/1

5. Plum Pretty – 4/5

Weights, Plum Pretty at 117, Tiz Miz Sue at 115, Absinthe Minded at 114, Twelve Twenty Two at 113 and Holy Heavens at 111!

Post time is 6:04 pm CDT!

Picks are 1,3,5 in a bx’d exacta or tri that probably won’t meet anyone’s risk/reward criteria!

So Oaklawn Park fires its final ladies handicap division bullet on Friday the 13th and its smallish field can still bring some big thrills on this day before the big GI Arkansas Derby!