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The final weekend of high stakes Kentucky Derby prep races culminates in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday night when nine horses line up for the Arkansas Derby. Traditionally an important Kentucky Derby prep, the Arkansas Derby is scheduled to go off at 7:07 p.m. ET.

The Arkansas Derby is the third leg of Oaklawn Park’s 3-year-old Kentucky Derby prep series and is run at a distance of 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs). The first two legs are the Southwest and Rebel Stakes. Tapiture, who is the morning line favorite for the race comes into the Arkansas Derby after winning the Southwest Stakes and finishing second to Hoppertunity in the Rebel Stakes.

Smarty Jones (2004) and Sunny’s Halo (1983), both won the Kentucky Derby after winning the Arkansas Derby.

$1 Million Arkansas Derby

Saturday, Oaklawn Park, Race 11, Post time 7:07 p.m. ET

3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on dirt

PP

Horse

Jockey

Weight

Trainer

Odds

1

Danza (KY)

Joe Bravo

118

Todd Pletcher

15/1

2

Knock Em Flat (KY)

Luis Quinonez

118

Donnie Von Hemel

20/1

3

Tapiture (KY)

Joel Rosario

122

Steve Asmussen

9/5

4

Ride On Curlin (KY)

Jon Court

118

William Gowan

12/1

5

Thundergram (FL)

Noberto Arroyo Jr.

118

Mark Casse

30/1

6

Commissioner (KY)

Mike Smith

118

Todd Pletcher

8/1

7

Conquest Titan (KY)

Calvin Borel

122

Mark Casse

10/1

8

Bayern (KY)

Gary Stevens

118

Bob Baffert

2/1

9

Strong Mandate (KY)

Luis Saez

122

D. Wayne Lukas

9/2

 


Image Description

Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

Image Description

Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

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