Everyone was looking to Oaklawn Park and the Arkansas Derby (Replay) to provide a little clarity on the clouded Kentucky Derby picture. However, after another upset of a heavy favorite, everyone was left even more confused.
JP’s Gusto broke early and went straight to the lead, beating The Factor and Dance City out of the gate. He took the field through an opening 1/4 in :22.54 and the 1/2 mile in :46.53. Once they hit the top of the stretch, Dance City and Sway Away were battling for the lead and looked to be the pair to decide the race.
However, ArchArchArch soared down the middle of the track and passed Sway Away and Dance City mid-stretch, as Sway Away continuously knocked Dance City into the rail. Ridden by Jon Court, ArchArchArch was able to drive to the finish and hold off the late charging Nehro under Corey Nakatani. The Factor at 3-5 finished a tiring 7th and it was Nehro’s second 2nd place finish in $1 million Derby preps (Louisiana and Arkansas).
- #9 – ArchArchArch $52.40 $16.80 $8.20
- #2 – Nehro $9.00 $5.60
- #8 – Dance City $14.20
$2 9-2 Exacta – $416.80 , $1 9-2-8 Trifecta – $5282.90, $1 9-2-8-6 Superfecta – $29,993.80
Also Rans: Sway Away, Alternation, JW Blue, The Factor, JP’s Gusto, Elite Alex, Saratoga Red, Brethren, Caleb’s Posse, Truman’s Commander
This year, Jon Court will have his 1st Kentucky Derby mount on ArchArchArch. For those of you that remember, last year, Jon also won the Arkansas Derby on Line of David, yet he was inexplicably knocked off the mount in favor of Rafael Bejarano. Line of David went on to finish 18th in the Derby.
Congrats to the connections of the victor, especially Jon, and we look forward to seeing you in early May.
Written By: Fundanichols
Final Note: This race further clouded the Derby picture and only confirmed that this race could be as wide open as it’s ever been. It is conceivable that the favorite could be in the 5-1 or 6-1 range which would be the highest in quite some time.