Pneumatic Camp Considering Arkansas Derby

Steve Asmussen-trained thoroughbred Pneumatic is now 2-for-2. This after winning a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. With another win under his belt, Asmussen is considering taking the three-year-old colt on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail. First up is the Arkansas Derby.

“We’re thinking about everything,” said David Fiske, racing manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds, which bred and owns the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo. “It kind of depends on what he’s thinking.”

On Sunday morning, Fiske said he hadn’t yet spoken to trainer Steve Asmussen yet. To see how Pneumatic came out of Saturday’s victory. However, if they are thinking about taking the horse on the Derby trail, the Arkansas Derby is the next logical step. Of course, if it is not postponed.

“I guess we would look hard at the Arkansas Derby, just because of the vagaries of the situation,” Fiske said with racing shut down at many tracks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pneumatic Arkansas Derby

Churchill Downs intends to add other points preps to its schedule this summer ahead of a Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby was moved to September. But, racing calendars remain in flux, and so too do the qualifiers.

The Arkansas Derby is a 100-40-20-10 points race. Which attracts quite a bit of attention from horsemen. If Pneumatic’s camp decides to move forward, they’ll do so having to hope that either the $750,000 race splits into separate divisions, or that their colt’s $87,600 in earnings are enough to make the cut.

Pneumatic was favored to win Saturday’s sixth race at Oaklawn, and looked eager to go under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. during a wide trip. Once the jockey set him loose, Pneumatic drew off to beat second choice Captain Bombastic by 2 1/2 lengths.

April 14, 2020 by : Posted in odds No Comments

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