It was a Bob Baffert sweep at Oaklawn Park today.
After the legendary trainer saw his horse, Charlatan, take home the Arkansas Derby Division I victory, Baffert also saw Nadal – the race two favorite – come away victorious in the Division II race.
Coming in as a 5-2 favorite, Nadal finished with a final time of 1:48.34 to win by two-and-a-half lengths. As impressive as Charlatan’s run was earlier this evening, Nadal – under jockey Joel Rosario – finished his Arkansas Derby run .15 seconds faster.
King Guillermo came in second, followed by Finnick the Fierce in third.
A $1 double earned bettors $14.20, while a $1 exacta earned $10.70. A $.50 trifecta earned $122.90, and a $.10 superfecta earned $126.37.
Here were the post positions and final odds going into race two:
- Finnick the Fierce (15-1)
- Saratogian (50-1)
- Storm the Court (6-1)
- King Guillermo (3-1)
- Nadal (5-2)
- Code Runner (50-1)
- Silver Prospector (10-1)
- Fast Enough (12-1)
- Taishan (15-1)
- Farmington Road (12-1)
- Wells Bayou (7-2)
You can watch the race in its entirety below:
Arkansas Derby (Div.2 ) (G1)
1800m , 500.000 USD, for 3yo
?? Oaklawn Park
Nadal ( USA)
(3C Blame – Ascending Angel , by Pulpit )
J : Joel Rosario
T : Bob Baffert
B : Sierra Farm
O : George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen pic.twitter.com/3XPrJLBK5p
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After being pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Derby is now scheduled to run Sept. 5.