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Arkansas Derby Tickets
Event: Arkansas Derby
Location: Oaklawn Park
First Running: 1936
2019 Winner: Omaha Beach
Arkansas Derby TicketsBefore colts make their way to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, they have to make their way through the spring race schedule in order to earn their way into the field. While some horses opt for the West Coast races, for other thoroughbreds, the road to Kentucky goes through Oaklawn Park and the Arkansas Derby. Held each year in April, the Arkansas Derby is a Grade I stakes race that attracts scores of Derby hopefuls. The horses are racing for a total purse of $1 million, making this one of the richest early season races. Many Arkansas Derby winners will go on to great heights in their racing careers even if they do not win any races in the Triple Crown, but the winner of the race gains a spot on the national horse racing radar screen. The Arkansas Derby traditionally draws big crowds of fans enjoying the spring weather in Hot Springs as the racing heats up for the season. To see this exciting race, grab your Arkansas Derby tickets at StubHub today.
What is the distance of the Arkansas Derby?The three-year old horses are still building up the distance for the Triple Crown Series in the spring, so the Arkansas Derby scheduled race is shorter than other races late in the season. The Arkansas Derby is nine furlongs, which is 1 1/8 miles. The shorter distance places a premium on early tactical speed.
How does the Arkansas Derby test the horses?Unless the horses have run in the Breeders' Cup as a juvenile, the Arkansas Derby is possibly the first time that they have run in front of a large crowd. Some horses will get spooked by hearing over 60,000 fans screaming when they turn for home, but the true champions will take it in stride and will thrive off of the crowd noise. In addition, spring weather in Arkansas is unpredictable to say the least. The Arkansas Derby is often the first time that many of these horses will get experience running over an off track.
Who holds the record for the fastest time in the race?The horse that holds the record for the quickest race is also the first filly to ever win the Arkansas Derby. In 1984, Althea made quick work of Oaklawn Park, turning in a 1:46.8. Almost four decades later, this record still stands the test of time as even luminaries like American Pharaoh could not eclipse Althea's time.
Who are notable Arkansas Derby winners?If you had Arkansas Derby tickets in 2015, you would have seen the most recent notable winner, American Pharaoh, who pulverized the field that year, winning by eight lengths and serving notice on the horse racing world that he was a colt to be reckoned with for the Triple Crown. In 2004, Smarty Jones took home a $5 million bonus for winning the Rebel Stakes, the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby that the track offered in celebration of its 100th anniversary.
What is the biggest upset ever in the Arkansas Derby?In 1993, Rockamundo went off in the Arkansas Derby at odds of 108-1. The horse was a promising two-year old racer, but simply was not up to speed the following year, earning him long odds at the start. However, in the highlight of his career, Rockamundo pulled the upset and delivered what was the largest payoff for bettors ever in an Oaklawn Park stakes race. Rockamundo stalled in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes and never quite lived up to the promise that he showed in Hot Springs at the Arkansas Derby in April.
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