Oaklawn Park Considering Splitting Arkansas Derby

In recent horse betting news Oaklawn Park is considering splitting the Arkansas Derby. With the 2020 Kentucky Derby postponed until September 5th. Also, horse racing is cancelled in some states because of the coronavirus. There aren’t a lot of prep races left leading up to the Derby.

Due to the lack of races, the Arkansas Derby is expected to field more horses at this year’s Derby. Which has led to a lot of speculation about this year’s Arkansas Derby. Being split into different divisions.

“We feel good about the race having strong contenders. I believe I have at least 12-15 horses looking to come. Depending on how their next breeze goes and if their trainers like what they see,” Oaklawn racing secretary Pat Pope said.

Pope also said that another five to seven horses are also in the mix. Depending on whether the stakes is split and run in two divisions.

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“There are some horsemen on the sidelines waiting to hear about the possibility of splitting the race. Also, there’s five to seven of them who are interested in running. Only if the race is split,” Pope said. “If we can get 20 to commit, (Oaklawn president Louis Cella) has said if there’s 20 and the field merits splitting, then he will definitely consider splitting it.”

According to Pope, Oaklawn officials have scheduled a meeting to decide if they will split this year’s Arkansas Derby into two divisions.

The Arkansas Derby, which was originally scheduled to take place on April 11, will still award 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby. Qualifying points to the top four finishers. It was intended to be the final prep in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. However, with racing interrupted by the coronavirus. There is a likelihood that Churchill Downs will eventually add new qualifying races before September’s Kentucky Derby. Only time will tell!

April 23, 2020 by : Posted in guide No Comments

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