Arkansas Derby 2021

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Nadal and Charlatan won their respective divisions of the Arkansas Derby 2020. The Arkansas Derby 2021 will take place on April 10.

Oaklawn Park. Photo by Angel Whitman. CC BY-SA 2.0

Arkansas Derby Betting

Because the Arkansas Derby is one of the most important races leading up to this year’s Kentucky Derby, Arkansas Derby betting is highly popular. There are various ways to participate in online horse betting, which is especially important during a time of spectatorless racing.

One of the most popular ways to be part of Arkansas Derby betting is through TVG. The platform is just for horse racing and includes live streams for most tracks. There are many bonuses for signing up with TVG, with the platform also offering tips and analysis from racing experts.

Besides TVG, there are other online sportsbooks that offer Arkansas Derby betting like Amwager and BetAmerica. By using platforms like these, one can easily bet on the top Arkansas Derby picks.

After searching around for the best Arkansas Derby odds, make your Arkansas Derby picks and prepare for an exciting race. Keep track of the odds leading up to the race. They can change quickly and dramatically with any new developments.

Arkansas Derby Results

Here are the winners of the last five Arkansas Derby races and their odds, with the most prominent being American Pharoah in 2015.

  • 2020 – Nadal & Charlatan
  • 2019 – Omaha Beach (2-1)
  • 2018 – Magnum Moon (8-5)
  • 2017 – Classic Empire (2-1)
  • 2016 – Creator (12-1)
  • 2015 – American Pharoah (1-2)

About the Arkansas Derby

The Arkansas Derby takes place at Oaklawn Park in Hot Spring, Arkansas. It is a Grade 1 race run over a distance of 9 furlongs on dirt, and it is for three-year-olds. It is traditionally held in April of every year.

The most famous winner of an Arkansas Derby race is American Pharoah, who in 2015 went on to become the 12th Triple Crown winner overall and the first in 37 years. American Pharoah is the first Arkansas Derby winner to take the Triple Crown.

American Pharaoah
American Pharoah in the 2015 Belmont Stakes.

In 2004, Oaklawn Park offered a $5 million bonus to any horse that could take all of the track’s three-year-old graded stakes and win the Kentucky Derby. The Arkansas Derby was part of that challenge, and Smarty Jones was able to do it. Those results are what drew a lot of attention to the Arkansas Derby, helping it reach a Grade 1 level in 2010.

The first edition of the Arkansas Derby ran in 1936, with a total purse of $5,000. The first-ever winner of the event was Holl Image.

Arkansas Derby Live Streaming

There are various options when it comes to watching the 2020 Arkansas Derby. NBC Sports normally features live coverage of the event, or you can catch Arkansas Derby live streaming on platforms like TVG and AmWager after placing a bet.

Arkansas Derby live streaming will likely see a big increase this year, due to spectators not being permitted at the race.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Arkansas Derby is one of the most important races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, and it is the last remaining points race on the current Kentucky Derby 2020 qualifying calendar. Because of this, there is an increased desire for connections to run their horses in the race.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a collection of races that offer qualifying points toward a spot in the Kentucky Derby. There have been various changes due to the postponement of the Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was originally set to consist of 35 races, but several have been cancelled or rescheduled. Because of this, the Arkansas Derby has seen an increase in its importance.

There have been three horses who won the Arkansas Derby and went on to take the Kentucky Derby. Those Kentucky Derby horses include Sunny’s Halo in 1983, Smarty Jones in 2004, and American Pharoah in 2015.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby is where many horses can prove themselves worthy of the big-name races.

Many horses within the Arkansas Derby field have accumulated points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Some of the point totals for runners include Wells Bayou with 104, Nadal with 50, King Guillermo with 50, Storm the Court with 32, Sole Volante with 30, Silver Prospector with 21, Excession with 20, Attachment Rate with 10, and Taishan with 1.