Arkansas Derby

  • Location: Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Inaugural Race: 1936
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 1
  • 2018 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2018 Race Date: Saturday, April 14th

2018 Arkansas Derby Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
6Magnum MoonLuis SaezTodd A. Pletcher$3.60$2.80$2.40
8QuipFlorent GerouxRodolphe Brisset$4.40$3.40
5SolominiFlavien PratBob Baffert$2.60
9CombatantRicardo Santana, Jr.Steven M. Asmussen
3TenfoldVictor EspinozaSteven M. Asmussen
7PlainsmanC.J. McMahonWilliam B. Van Meter
4Dream Baby DreamLuis ContrerasSteven M. Asmussen
1Beautiful ShotRichard E. EramiaJ. Keith Desormeaux
2MachismoScott SpiethAnthony T. Quartarolo

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (6-8) $18.80
  • $2 Trifecta (6-8-5)  $54.40
  • $2 Superfecta (6-8-5-9) $126.80

 


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Arkansas Derby History

First staged in 1936, the Arkansas Derby is the climax of Oaklawn Park’s four races for early season 3-year-old races. As a grade one race worth $1 million, it’s a valuable event to win.

The Arkansas Derby is also a vitally important event in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. It’s one of eight most important races in the series in terms of points earned: the first four finishers get points in the series on a 100-40-20-10 basis. It means the winner will definitely get a place in the Kentucky Derby field, and most likely the runner-up as well. Held three weeks before the Kentucky Derby, it’s also the last chance for a horse to win its way into the Derby.

The race wasn’t a particularly important part of the Triple Crown prep season until the 1970s, when Arkansas Derby winners No Le Hace (1972), Elocutionist (1976), Golden Act (1979), Temperance Hill (1980), and Bold Ego (1981) all won or were placed in Triple Crown races.

Canadian colt Sunny’s Halo became the first Arkansas Derby runner to win the Kentucky Derby in 1983. Five have followed in his path since: Lil E. Tee, Grindstone, Smarty Jones, Super Saver, and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Sunny’s Halo, Smarty Jones, and American Pharoah all won the Arkansas Derby; other winners since 1983 who then won Triple Crown races are Tank’s Prospect, Pine Bluff, Victory Gallop, Afleet Alex, Curlin, and Creator.

The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park is the most important lead-up to the Arkansas Derby. Thirteen horses have won both races, the most recent being American Pharoah in 2015


Arkansas Derby Trivia

How many Arkansas Derby winners have also won the Kentucky Derby?

Three

American Pharoah, Smarty Jones and Sunny’s Halo each won the Arkansas before winning the Kentucky Derby.

How many Triple Crown winners have won the Arkansas Derby?

One

American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby (as well as the Rebel) before sweeping the Triple Crown races in 2015.

Which trainer has the most wins in the Arkansas Derby?

Todd Pletcher

Pletcher has won the Arkansas Derby four times: in 2000, 2001, 2013 and 2014.

How many Arkansas Derby winners have won the Preakness Stakes?

Seven

Elocutionist (1976), Tank’s Prospect (1985), Pine Bluff (1992), Smarty Jones (2004), Afleet Alex (2005), Curlin (2007) and American Pharoah (2015) all won the Preakness Stakes.

Previous Winners of the Arkansas Derby

YearHorseJockeyTrainerOwner
2017Classic EmpireJulien R. LeparouxMark E. CasseJohn C. Oxley
2016CreatorRicardo Santana, Jr.Steve AsmussenWinStar Farm
2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob BaffertZayat Stables
2014DanzaJoe BravoTodd PletcherEclipse Thoroughbred Partners
2013OveranalyzeRafael BejaranoTodd PletcherRepole Stable
2012BodemeisterMike E. SmithBob BaffertZayat Stables
2011ArcharcharchJon CourtWilliam H. FiresRobert & Loval Yagos
2010Line of DavidJon CourtJohn W. SadlerIke & Dawn Thrash
2009Papa ClemRafael BejaranoGary StuteBo Hirsch
2008GayegoMike E. SmithPaulo LoboCubanacan Stables
2007CurlinRobby AlbaradoSteve AsmussenMidnight Cry Stables et al.
2006Lawyer RonJohn McKeeRobert E. HolthusJames T. Hines, Jr.
2005Afleet AlexJeremy RoseTim RitcheyCash Is King Stable
2004Smarty JonesStewart ElliottJohn ServisRoy & Patricia Chapman
2003Sir CherokeeTerry J. ThompsonMichael TomlinsonDomino Stud
2002Private EmblemDonnie MecheSteve AsmussenJames Cassels/Bob Zollars
2001Balto StarMark GuidryTodd PletcherAnstu Stables
2000Graeme HallRobby AlbaradoTodd PletcherEugene & Laura Melnyk
1999Certain +Kent DesormeauxLeo Azpurua, Jr.B.& J.Williams
1998Victory GallopAlex SolisW. Elliott WaldenPrestonwood Farm
1997Crypto StarPat DayWayne CatalanoDarrell & Evelyn Yates
1996Zarb's MagicRonald ArdoinBert ThomasFoxwood Plantation
1995Dazzling FallsGarrett GomezChuck TurcoChateau Ridge Farm
1994ConcernGarrett GomezRichard W. SmallRobert E. Meyerhoff
1993RockamundoCalvin BorelO. J. Glass, Jr.Gary & Mary West
1992Pine BluffJerry D. BaileyThomas BohannanLoblolly Stable
1991OlympioEd DelahoussayeRon McAnallyV.H.W. Stables
1990Silver EndingGary StevensRon McAnallyR. McAnally & A. Costanzo
1989DansilLarry SnyderFrank L. BrothersJohn A. Franks
1988Proper RealityJerry D. BaileyRobert E. HolthusMrs. James A. Winn
1987Demons BegonePat DayPhilip HauswaldLoblolly Stable
1986RampagePat DayGary A. ThomasNancy & John Reed
1985Tank's ProspectGary StevensD. Wayne LukasEugene V. Klein
1984AltheaPat ValenzuelaD. Wayne LukasHelen C. Alexander et al.
1983Sunny's HaloEd DelahoussayeDavid C. Cross, Jr.David J. Foster
1982HostageJeffrey FellWillard C. FreemanHelen Hertz Hexter
1981Bold EgoJohn LivelyJack Van BergDouble B. Ranch/J. Kidd
1980Temperence HillDarrell HaireJoseph B. CanteyLoblolly Stable
1979Golden ActSandy HawleyLoren RetteleOldknow & Phipps
1978Esops FoiblesChris McCarronLoren RetteleJerry Frankel
1977Clev Er TellRay BroussardHomer C. PardueJ. R. Straus/I. Proler
1976ElocutionistJohn LivelyPaul T. AdwellEugene C. Cashman
1975Promised CityDavid E. WhitedLarry SprakerBig I. Farm
1974J.R.'s PetDarrel McHargueHarold TinkerW. Cal Partee
1973ImpecuniousJorge VelasquezGeorge R. HandyMrs. R. L. Feinberg
1972No Le HacePhil RubbiccoHomer C. PardueJoseph W. Strauss
1971Twist The AxeGarth PattersonGeorge T. PoolePastorale Stable
1970HerbalistJimmy NicholsRoy J. GillemGreentree Stable
1969Traffic MarkPhil I. GrimmRonnie WarrenM/M R. F. Roberts
1968NodoubleWilliam McKeeverJ. Bert SonnierVerna Lea Farm
1967MonitorJimmy NicholsHarry TrotsekClaiborne Farm
1966Better SeaJohnny SellersBlaine HeapScottdale Farm
1965Swift RulerLarry SprakerGin L. CollinsEarl Allen
1964Prince DavelleCharlie BurrDoug M. Davis, Jr.George M. Holtsinger
1963Cosmic TipRobert MundorfE. MahoneyRiver Divide Farm
1962AreopolisRobert L. BairdHarold TinkerA. Muckler
1961Light TalkRobert NonoSteve IppolitoJacnot Stable
1960Spring BrokerEugene CurryMarion Van BergMarion Van Berg
1960Persian GoldJohn CombestMonte D. ParkeJones-Tuckahoe Farm
1959Al DavelleRonnie BaldwinD. HowellSmith/Moulder/Oldham
1958Count DeblancJohnny SellersCharles C. NormanC. & J. Riedinger
1957Kentucky RomanJohn DelahoussayeNorman A. McMasterR. Lowe
1956Johns ChicJohn L. RotzLogan FischerMrs. E. Muckler
1955Trim DestinyL. C. CookCecil LocklearG. White
1954Timely TipHoward CraigReid ArmstrongA. L. Birch
1953Curragh KingJohn H. AdamsJames WallaceE. Goemans
1952Gushing OilAlfred PoparaJoe JansenSam E. Wilson, Jr
1951RuheJob Dean JessopRobert McGarveyEmil Denemark
1950Big IkeHarold KeeneCecil LocklearC. Buckley
1949CacomoBillie FiskA. WilliamsEndovina & Kontos
1948Fertile LandsPaul GlidewellMarian BartonGrissom & Sherman
1947FleetridgeArthur CraigRoy J. GillemMrs. K. Maxwell
1946Bob MurphyWendell EadsCharles SanbornD. Ferguson
1945No RaceNo RaceNo RaceNo Race
1944Challenge MeAnthony SkoronskiDan CataldoBrolite Farm
1943Seven HeartsJohn H. AdamsW. Graves SparksBrown Hotel Stable
1942With RegardsJohnny LongdenT. D. GrimesT. D. Grimes
1941He RollsPreston MillsVictor P. NoyesVictor P. Noyes
1940Super ChiefJack RichardDave WomeldorffMrs. Emil Denemark
1939Ariel ToyLee HardyHugh W. JacksonHugh W. Jackson
1938TigerAlfred RobertsonRobert McGarveyMilky Way Farm
1937EastportRay HightshoeE. RussellMrs. V. Wyse
1936Holl ImageHerb FisherJack CarterJack Carter