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Saturday’s G1 $1 million Arkansas Derby for 3YOs will feature a small but talented field of six or seven starters when the post positions are drawn for one of the two final Kentucky Derby points preps of the 2020-21 season.

The Arkansas Derby offers 170 points (100-40-20-10) to the top four finishers.

Post positions were drawn on Tuesday for the Arkansas Derby and three other stakes races carded for this weekend as we race towards the May 1 Kentucky Derby and closing day of Oaklawn Park’s 2021 season.

The probable field includes Caddo River, winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn on January 22. Trainer by Brad Cox, Caddo River earned 10 points for his victory in the Smarty Jones and will need to finish first or second in the Arkansas Derby to secure a spot in the starting gate in Louisville.

Also expected to be entered is the Bob Baffert trained Concert Tour who is unbeaten in his three lifetime starts most recently in the G2 Rebel Stakes here on March 13.

The official field for Arkansas Derby 2021

Race 12
Distance: 1 1/8 miles

1 Super Stock Asmussen 6
4th in the Rebel at 40 to 1, he will be making his second start as a 3YO for the Asmussen family and Erv Woolsey. Lone win sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs at Lone Star but may find the added distance to his liking. Regular rider for Team Asmussen, Ricardo Santana, expected to get more run from this guy than his Rebel. But can’t see how he makes up the difference over Rebel winner Concert Tour.
2 Caddo River Cox 7-2
Sire was 2nd in the ’07 Kentucky Derby and 3rd in the Preakness. He couldn’t complete the classic distances and ended his career as the runner up in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gets another chance to show he belongs in the number of 3YO Kentucky Derby 2021 contenders but will need to finish 1st or 2nd to have earned enough points to start on May 1. Twice better than Florida Derby favorite Greatest Honour in his first two starts in New York. But failed as the favorite in the Rebel last time out vs. Concert Tour. Only knows one way so he’ll be part of the pace but not counting on him to make the Derby field. But in a six horse field he’s probably better than at least two of the others and should hit the board.
3 Hozier Baffert 3
Twice beaten by stablemate Concert Tour, he’s sitting on a best of 67 bullet going 4 furlongs a week ago at Santa Anita. He’ll be hard pressed to pass his stablemate but certainly playable underneath.
4 Get Her Number Miller 6
Will make his second start of his 3YO season off a next to last effort in the Rebel. Started career on turf before winning the American Pharoah over Rombauer and Spielberg, neither of which will be in the Derby starting gate on the 1st Saturday in May. Pass.
5 Concert Tour Baffert 1
Undefeated in three starts for HOF Baffert, he was the 8th horse saddled by Baffert to win the Rebel Stakes. Went two turns for the first time with ease and expect he’ll be coasting down the backside on his way to victory in here.
6 Last Samurai Stewart 15
Could he be the spoiler in here? Hard to see him the victor but he’ll have an opportunity to grab the 40 points for 2nd if he can improve off his 5th place finish in the Southwest behind Blue Grass winner Essential Quality. Like his chances underneath as the only horse who is undefeated by Concert Tour. LONGSHOT SPECIAL.

Free Past Performances for Arkansas Derby 2021

Free past performances for the Arkansas Derby provided by Brisnet. See Bob Baffert PPs

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