2015 Arkansas Derby

Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn

American PharoahIt is time once again to preview one of my favorite races from one of my favorite tracks. Since I am a home grown Arkansas boy, I of course am referring to the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.  This will be the last major points race for the Kenucky Derby Points System. This is a race for three year olds going a distance of  11/8 miles for a purse of  $1,000,000. The morning line favorite is  Bob Baffert’s American Pharoah with Victor Espinoza in the irons. Pharoah has 60 points and has assured himself of a place in the Kentucky Derby, but this is a tune up for him and I am sure Bob Baffert wants him peaking at the right time. His style of running is to get the lead and go from gate to wire with it. I am not so sure that that will be an easy thing to do in the Run for the Roses, but I am getting ahead of myself. In this race that might not be a difficult task for him. There are a couple of others who might want the lead here. Second choice in the ML is Ron Moquett’s Far Right with Mike Smith up. Far Right’s running style is far different from American Pharoah in that he likes to come from off the pace. That is what he will do here and Mike Smith knows just how to ride him because he has won the last two when piloting this three year old.

Far RightThird in the morning line is Todd Pletcher’s Madefromlucky with John Velazquez in the saddle. This one is more of a stalking type and I figure that is what he will do today. He will lay just off the shoulders of the front runners and try and win it from there. Good luck sir. This is the way I see it shaping up. American Pharoah will have some company on the front for a while but he will soon shake those off. By those I mean Mr.Z and Bridget’s Big Luvy. Far Right will make his run at him but will come up short finishing second and Madefromlucky will finish third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!



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