The upcoming 2017 Arkansas Derby will once again take place from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Heading into Saturday’s big race, Classic Empire has been installed as the morning line favorite horse to beat at 8-5 odds. A son of Pioneer of the Nile, and trained by Mark Casse, Classic Empire will be running out of the No. 2 hole at Saturday’s Arkansas Derby. Although he is installed as the heavy favorite, Classic Empire has raced just once this year, finishing third in the Holy Bull on Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park.
With stiff competition in every stake race, it will be interesting to see how the Arkansas Derby plays out.
Right behind Classic Empire on the favorites list for the Arkansas Derby is Malagacy at 2/1. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, this horse should definitively finish in the money Saturday afternoon.
The Arkansas Derby is the final major prep race before the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled to take place on May 6 from Churchill Downs. The Arkansas Derby, just like the stake races that ran early this month, will award points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the top four finishers.
Horse racing enthusiasts can watch the 2017 Arkansas Derby live from any racetrack across the US. If you can’t head to a track, don’t worry because all of the action will air nationally on TVG racing network. The race will also stream live online through Oaklawn.com. Just click to here for all the live Arkansas Derby action at your finger tips.
Post time is set for 7:18 p.m. ET Saturday evening.
Here is your Arkansas Derby Field, followed by the trainer and morning line odds for each horse:
- Rockin Rudy, Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1
- Classic Empire, Mark Casse, Julien Leparoux, 8-5
- Silver Dust, Randy Morse, Corey Lanerie, 20-1
- Petrov, Ron Moquett, Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1
- Grandpa’s Dream, Chris Hartman, Alex Canchari, 30-1
- Lookin At Lee, Steve Asmussen, Luis Contreras, 15-1
- Sonneteer, Keith Desormeaux, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1
- Rowdy The Warrior, Donnie Von Hemel, Luis Quinonez, 30-1
- Untrapped, Steve Asmussen, Mike Smith, 6-1
- One Dreamy Dude, Jack Van Berg, Geovanni Franco, 50-1
- Conquest Mo Money, Miguel Hernandez, Jorge Carreno, 15-1
- Malagacy, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, 2-1