Bayern, Tapiture meet in Ark. Derby
Updated: April 12, 2014, 3:35 PM ETBy Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse
The TCI guys recap the Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby, and discuss the great impact both races had on the overall Derby picture. They also preview the final major weekend of Derby preps, with a look at Saturday's Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Stakes.
Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin butt heads once more at Oaklawn Park in the The $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12, and they'll be joined by another new shooter from the Bob Baffert barn in Bayern. Nine 3-year-old colts were entered April 9 in the 1 ⅛-mile event, with the unbeaten Bayern, trying stakes company for the first time, slotted in post 8 with Gary Stevens to ride. Kaleem Shah's Offlee Wild colt will have Grade 1 winner Strong Mandate to his outside, while Tapiture and Ride On Curlin are together in posts 3 and 4, respectively. Tapiture is the slight 9-5 morning line favorite over Bayern, at 2-1, with Strong Mandate listed at 9-2. Ride On Curlin is 12-1 on the early line. Other leading contenders in the final grade I prep race for the Kentucky Derby are Commissioner (8-1) and Conquest Titan (10-1), and they are joined by maiden winners Danza (15-1), Knock Em Flat (20-1), and Thundergram (30-1). The Arkansas Derby, the 11th race on Oaklawn's closing day 12-race program Saturday, is set for a 6:07 p.m. CDT post. The race is worth 170 points toward a possible start in the Derby on a 100-40-20-10 basis for the first four finishers.
ARKANSAS DERBY DRAW
|2||Knock Em Flat||SCR|
|4||Ride On Curlin||12-1|