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Arkansas Derby

Race Name Grade Track
Arkansas Derby 2 Oaklawn Park Race Track Arkansas Derby

Arkansas Derby

The Arkansas Derby is a Gr 2 American horserace contested by three-year-old thoroughbreds over 1 1/8 miles at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas in April each year. A dirt race, it offers a lucrative purse of $1-million and is a well-known and popular prep race for the prestigious Kentucky Derby.

Inaugurated in 1936, the first Arkansas Derby offered a purse of $5,000, which was a lot of money in those days. It was won by Holl Image under the guidance of trainer Jack Carter. A race that has proved the test of time, over the years many of its winners have gone on to bigger and better things, like 2007 winner Curlin.

Curlin went on to chalk up wins in many auspicious races such as the Jockey Club Gold Cup (2008), the Jaguar Trophy Handicap (2008), the Dubai World Cup (2008), the Stephen Foster Handicap (2008) and the Woodward Stakes (2008). The colt  was also named the World's Top Ranked Horse in the same year.

In 2004, Arkansas Derby winner Smarty Jones went on to win the Kentucky Derby as did Sunny's Halo in 1983. In addition, previous race winners Elocutionist, Tank's Prospect and Pine Bluff  all went on to victories in the Preakness Stakes. Concern, race winner in 1994, won that year's Breeders' Cup Classic.

In 1984 Althea won the Arkansas Derby in a record time of 1:46.80, while jockey Pat Day has won the race a record three times - in 1986, 1987 and 1997.

Arkansas Derby - Past Winners

2004 Smarty Jones
2005 Afleet Alex
2006 Lawyer Ron
2007 Curlin
2008 Gayego

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