Arkansas Derby Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Arkansas Derby is set for April 10 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Arkansas Derby Preview and Prediction
- Race: Arkansas Derby
- Purse: $1 million
- Track: Oaklawn Park
- Date: April 10
- Post Time: 7:41 PM (ET)
- Live: Arkansas Derby Odds: Click Here
2021 Arkansas Derby Handicapping
The last race of the 2021 Kentucky Derby qualifying series to offer points in a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers goes this Saturday with the running of the (G1) Arkansas Derby.
One of four stakes races in the Oaklawn Saturday card, the Arkansas Derby is open to horses age three and is run at 1 1/8 miles on the Oaklawn dirt track.
In 2015 American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby and then went on to become the first horse in 37 years to capture the US Triple Crown.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Concert Tour Race Odds: 2-5
The overwhelming favourite in the short field of six, Concert Tour comes in to the race unbeaten in three lifetime starts, scoring a plus-100 Equibase speed figure in every one of his races.
Last out he claimed the local prep when he won the (G2) Rebel Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, clearing the field by 4 1/4 lengths while being geared down in the last hundred yards. Prior to that he won the (G2) San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita. He broke his maiden first time out with a 3 1/2 length win, also at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert returns to the scene of his victory with American Pharoah. Regular rider Joel Rosario gets the call once again.
2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Caddo River Race Odds: 5-1
The well-beaten favourite in the Rebel, Caddo River has had previous success on the Oaklawn dirt as he was the decisive winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes back in January.
He hardly gave the other entries a chance in that one as he broke sharply from the gate and opened an early lead that just kept growing, eventually hitting the wire more than 10 lengths in front of the field. It was that effort that pegged him as the favourite for the Rebel, but for some reason he just didn’t settle into the race, was rank early and finished fifth.
Brad Cox is the trainer, Florent Geroux will be in the saddle.
2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Hozier Race Odds: 6-1
Another California-based colt, Hozier has actually faced Concert Tour twice previously. He was in the field and finished fourth in the race where that one scored his maiden win, and then ran a good second in the Rebel.
In between those starts he got his own maiden win while racing 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. He has managed a solid improvement in speed rating with each successive race.
He’s the second one for Bob Baffert in the field, Martin Garcia is the jock.
2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Get Her Number Race Odds: 25-1
The only horse in the field with a previous Grade 1 win, Get Her Number accomplished that in his third lifetime start when he won the (G1) American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita back in September at odds of 8-1 .
There he was able to sit outside the early pacesetter and got first jump as they turned for home and won by a diminishing 3/4 of a length going 1 1/16 miles. He was off for the next five months before coming back to run seventh in the Rebel.
He’s trained by Peter Miller, Francisco Arrieta will be in the irons.
Here’s My 2021 Arkansas Derby Free Pick.
Given the ease with which he won the Rebel and the fact he has already beaten a few in here, Concert Tour is the clear choice to win, and another dominating performance might just put him on top as Kentucky Derby favourite with just under one month to the big race.
Clearly there will be no value in a win bet on him, so I’ll try to get some return by using Get Her Number underneath in the exacta.
Full Field: Arkansas Derby Betting Odds
- Concert Tour 2-5
- Caddo River 5-1
- Hozier 6-1
- Super Stock 20-1
- Get Her Number 25-1
- Last Samurai 100-1
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