Arkansas Derby 2011

April 16, 2011 by staff 

Arkansas Derby 2011, It’s amazing what happens when the top dog was shot down. It seems to blow up a “domino effect” sort of talk. Number # ranked Uncle Mo lost last week at 01.10 odds and all of sudden all want a shot at the Kentucky Derby in 2011. Do not get me wrong, everyone wants a chance anyway, but now seems more horses are coming out of the woodwork since his defeat.

This weekend three key years Kentucky Derby is racing preparation consists of no less than a combined total of 25 horses … 0.25? …. Yes, in the Derby of 2011 and 1 million Arkansas and 12 in 2011 and, 000 Blue Grass. If you are new to the game, that’s plenty. Well, at least in my opinion it is.

What surprises me most of all the races this weekend is the Arkansas Derby. This is one of the best fields assembled this year three years. In my opinion, no less than of the horses have a chance to win. But the part that gets me is this…. The rapid factor is entered in this race, but everyone and his mother entered against him.

If I had a good three-year-old son, I would enter it in the place that is at stake Bluegrass. I only see 3 or 4 with the chance to win a total of 12. So let’s see… and I will not run against a field of 9 horses that have a chance to win 3 or 4? I know its worth and 250,000 less, but still, if I’m going to face a lion as a factor rather wait until the Derby. I mean, right? I do not know… Perhaps the opposition coaches know something I do not. I guess we’ll find out soon.

Shifting gears here for a minute, today (Friday) is the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park and 500,000. This race, which won last year by the great Zenyatta (who won in 2008 too), always attracts the best fillies and mares older people in the country year after year. Previous winners include Susan Girl (1975), Bold N ‘Determined (1981), Bayakoa (1989), walking (1992 and 1993) and Azerbaijan, who won an unprecedented three years in a row (2002 to 2004.)

While I will not completely break you might want to see this race as it pits two of the best older female in the country in Havre de Grace and Switch.

Havre de Grace defeated 2010 champion three years Blind luck a second time on March 19, Azerbaijan, and who took over after a half mile and drew clear by 3 1/4-lengths.

Havre de Grace has worked twice since that win, including a bullet five-movement Furlong: 57.4 last week at Oaklawn.

Switch, which did not reach its third consecutive year in a heartbreaking win the March 12 Santa Margarita is at stake, being caught in the wire rope over Miss Match, won the La Brea and Santa Monica in his last two races (both were seven-sprints at Santa Anita Furlong).

The Apple Blossom full field of rail riders and weights Absinthe Minded, Terry Thompson, 112; Miss Match, Garrett Gomez, 116, Havre de Grace, Ramon Dominguez, 119, Belle Watling, Hector Berrios, 114, and Switch, Joel Rosario, 119.

I’ll also take a look at the classic Charles City is at stake, a Grade: 3 races for older men and also has a million and a bag.

Race 10 – 22:30

S. Charles Town Classic (Grade III)
PP Horse A / S Med Jockey Trainer Wgt
1 No advantage of 6 / H OF M Chaves SS 120 Beattie
2 Tackleberry 4 / Santiago Olivares L J G 120
3 Tizway 6 / H Maragh Bono H I J LA 114
4 Santiago Reyes Acclamation 5/HLC Warren D 114
5 Rule 4 / C Velazquez J R T A Pletcher 114
6 The Golden Heritage 5/GLE Hooper J Castro 120
Gone Astray 7 5 / H CH LA Velasquez McGaughey III CR 114
8 Duke of Mischief 5 / 114 J H LA D Bravo Fawkes
9 Awesome Gem 8 / G LA Dunkelberger TL C Dollase
Game On Dude 10, 4 / 123 G LA RD Flores Baffert B
11 The man Quindici (AE) 5 / H LA MA 114 Lewis CA Pedroza
12 Schoolyard dreams (KY) (AE) 116 Ryan Carmona 4/CLK DS
Researcher 13 (VA) (AE) 7 / G LA Acosta JD 114 Morris NR
14 cranes Icab (NY) (AE) 6 / GA LA Garcia HG 118 Proposal


1) Dude Game “was the surprise (14-1 odds) won the Grade: 1 Santa Anita Handicap after winning his race preparation for what in turn makes it for 2 in 2011. He shows the training very, very big for this race (two six-furlong work and flat 1:10.3 1:12). He will have his hands full with the second choice in this race, but he looks a little better.

2) Tackleberry-win is an absolute machine and has won five of their last and 8 of 12 in his career. He is very versatile because it has won sprint races and longer distances and can be classified in the head as well. When you put it all together, is very dangerous. It is not surprising at all if it ends up in the winner’s circle.

3) Inherit Gold is another that is doing nothing but winning in the course of a run of five consecutive wins in this. In fact, has won the last 5 in a total of lengths. In other words, no one has come close to him. Could easily best the third qualifying place.

Honorable Mentions: Quindici man came to play! Dude hard end of that Santa Anita Handicap (missed by a half length from 69 to 1 odds). Closed and has 63% of board finishes his career. Rule, has of 10 on board finishes his career, must be at or near the head, but in recent times is more than one maid of honor as opposed to the bride … You know? Tizway s neck was beaten fair Tackleberry March 12 shooting … out against them.

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