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
  • 2020 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, May 2nd
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2020 Arkansas Derby Entries and Results

1st Division

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JOCKEY
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TRAINER
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1
Charlatan
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
$2.80
$2.60
$2.10
11
Basin
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
$5.20
$3.00
4
Gouverneur Morris
John R. Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
$2.40
9
Winning Impression
Julien R. Leparoux
Dallas Stewart
8
Anneau d'Or
Juan J. Hernandez
Blaine D. Wright
10
Crypto Cash
Corey J. Lanerie
Kenneth G. McPeek
3
Mo Mosa
Kendrick Carmouche
Michael J. Maker
5
Jungle Runner
Tyler Baze
Steven M. Asmussen
2
My Friends Beer
Declan Cannon
Jeremiah O'Dwyer

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (1-11) $13.60
  • $2 Trifecta (1-11-4)  $32.80
  • $2 Superfecta (1-11-4-9) $135.20

2nd Division

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5
Nadal
Joel Rosario
Bob Baffert
$3.80
$3.40
$3.20
4
King Guillermo
Samy Camacho
Juan Carlos Avila
$5.20
$4.20
1
Finnick the Fierce
Martin Garcia
Rey Hernandez
$13.20
10
Farmington Road
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
11
Wells Bayou
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
3
Storm the Court
Flavien Prat
Peter Eurton
7
Silver Prospector
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
6
Code Runner
Stewart Elliott
Steven M. Asmussen
9
Taishan
David Cohen
Richard Baltas

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (5-4) $21.40
  • $2 Trifecta (5-4-1)  $491.60
  • $2 Superfecta (5-4-1-10) $2,527.40


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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 Omaha Beach in 2019

Previous Winners of the Arkansas Derby

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2020 (2nd Division)
Nadal
Joel Rosario
Bob Baffert
George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen
2020 (1st Division)
Charlatan
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding
2019
Omaha Beach
Richard E. Mandella
Mike E. Smith
Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
2018
Magnum Moon
Todd A. Pletcher
Luis Saez
Low, Lawana L. and Robert E.
2017
Classic Empire
Julien R. Leparoux
Mark E. Casse
John C. Oxley
2016
Creator
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steve Asmussen
WinStar Farm
2015
American Pharoah
Victor Espinoza
Bob Baffert
Zayat Stables
2014
Danza
Joe Bravo
Todd Pletcher
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
2013
Overanalyze
Rafael Bejarano
Todd Pletcher
Repole Stable
2012
Bodemeister
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Zayat Stables

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