2012 Arkansas Derby Field and Breakdown

Contributed By Big Daddy No Bucks
Posted on 4/13/12 10:04 AM

The early line for the Arkansas Derby is out and my opinion about who the main players are in this race remain Optimizer and Secret Circle. I'll likely be using Bodemeister, Raconteur, and Isn't He Clever to fill out trifectas and superfectas - if I bet them. I'm finally off my Sabercat obsession and not likely to look back. It doesn't feel as though Stat even belongs in this field, but people far brighter than me disagree. In the end, this year's Arkansas Derby is likely to be an interesting race and, if the odds stay nice, a race that some of us are going to make a pretty good payday from.

Here's the field for the 2012 Arkansas Derby:


No.   Horse / Sire Weight Trainer Jockey Last Race Early Line
1 Cozzetti Cozzetti
118 D. Romans J. Lezcano 3rd - Tampa Bay Derby (G2) 15-1
2 Stat Stat
Unbridled's Song
118 T. Pletcher J. Valasquez 1st - Gp ALW 10-1
3 Najjaar Najjaar
118 D. Peitz C. Borel 6th - Rebel (G2) 15-1
4 Jake Mo Jake Mo
122 A. Milligan M. Berry 4th - Rebel (G2) 30-1
5 Secret Circle Secret Circle
122 B. Baffert R. Bejarano 1st - Rebel (G2) 5-2
6 Isn't He Clever Isn't He Clever
Smarty Jones
122 H. Dominguez L. Contreras 2nd - Sunland Derby (G3) 6-1
7 Optimizer Optimizer
English Channel
118 D. Lukas J. Court 2nd - Rebel (G2) 30-1
8 Atigun Atigun
118 K. McPeek T. Thompson 11th - Rebel (G2) 30-1
9 Sabercat Sabercat
Bluegrass Cat
122 S. Asmussen C. Nakatani 8th - Rebel (G2) 15-1
10 Raconteur Raconteur
A. P. Indy
122 T. Pletcher C. DeCarlo 1st - Private Terms (LS) 15-1
11 Bodemeister Bodemeister
Empire Maker
122 B. Baffert R. Bejarano 2nd - San Felipe (G2) 9-5
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