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!
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.
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!