Arkansas Derby Day
Date: Saturday, April 16
Standout sophomore The Factor had his final preparation earlier in the week and is all set for Saturday’s G1 $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Bob Baffert, the once-beaten son of War Front has improved with every start, and surely looked the part with an easy score in the G2 Rebel Stakes in advance of this encounter. Martin Garcia will ride.
Alternation flipped in the gate in the Rebel and had to be scratched, but the Donnie von Hemel charge could benefit from the extra time off and prove to be a big late player in this group. The once-beaten son of Distorted Humor has won three straight, is bred to run long, and has trained well leading up to this. G3 Southwest Stakes winner Archarcharch was third in the Rebel last out and looms an upset chance with a good trip.
Grade 3 victor Bretheren, Rebel runner-up Caleb’s Posse, G2 Louisiana Derby fourth Elite Alex and Truman’s Commander are among the top contenders in this deep field.
First post at Oaklawn on Saturday is set for 1:05pm ET/10:05pm PT
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