The two final Kentucky Derby prep races of the year take place on Saturday, April 10. The Grade 1 Arkansas Derby will showcase Bob Baffert’s top Derby contender, Street Sense sired Concert Tour. Also on Saturday, Keeneland runs the Grade 2 Lexington. The graded action breaks from the gate on Friday when Keeneland runs the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, April 9th to Sunday, April 10th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks for April 9th & 10th Races
Top Stakes Races of the Week
- When: Friday, April 9 – Saturday, April 10
Keeneland Racecourse – Friday, April 9
- Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile – 1 mile turf – $300,000
Two last out winners, including Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile victor Hit the Road, leads the field for the Maker’s Mark Mile. Four-year-old gelding Get Smokin won the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in its last. Chad Brown trained Raging Bull starts for the first time since a tough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Ride a Comet, Somelikeithotbrown, Smooth Like Strait, and Sacred Life are also probable.
Keeneland Racecourse – Saturday, April 10
- Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $150,000
So far, only Todd Pletcher trained Fearless and Night Ops from the Brad Cox barn are scheduled to run in the Ben Ali. No worries, though, because for a purse of $150,000 a full field figures to enter the starting gate. Fearless won his last race, the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile.
- Grade 3 Lexington Stakes – 1 1/16 miles dirt – $200,000
The Lexington is the last chance for horses to pick up enough points to qualify for the May 1 Kentucky Derby. Likely runners include second-place Hutcheson runner Ultimate Badger, fifth-place Louisiana Derby winner Starrininmydreams, King Fury, who finished fifth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in his last, Todd Pletcher trained and fourth-place Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby finisher Unbridled Honor and Turf Paradise Derby winner It’s My House.
- Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes – 1 1/16 miles turf – $300,000
Chad Brown trained Etoile and Michael Stidham trained Micheline figure to attract the most betting dollars to win the Jenny Wiley Stakes. Etoile won the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes in the last. Filly Micheline took the Grade 2 Hillsborough in her last. Also probable are Daddy Is a Legend, Juliet Foxtrot, and Tamahere.
Oaklawn Park – Saturday, April 10
- Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap – 6 furlongs dirt – $500,000
Some of the best sprinters in the nation will lineup on Saturday for the Count Fleet. Whitmore, No Parole, C Z Rocket, and Mojo Man are all but confirmed. Mr. Jägermeister, Boldor, Empire of Gold, and Mollie’s Rocket may also run.
- Grade 1 Arkansas Derby – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $1,000,000
On paper, it doesn’t look as if any horse can beat Concert Tour in the Arkansas Derby. Tour easily beat Hozier and Caddo River, his two top competitors, in the Rebel Stakes in his last. Roman Centurion will give it a go. So will Super Stock, Get Her Number, and Last Samurai.