So many horses signed up for the Arkansas Derby that Oaklawn Park will run two divisions of the meet’s signature race. Bob Baffert trains the morning line chalk for both races. Charlatan is the even money favorite in the first Arkansas Derby. Nadal is the 5/2 favorite in the second Arkansas Derby. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Saturday, May 2. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 83 – Low 64
Oaklawn Park Picks for Saturday, May 2
Race 11 – 6:29 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Dirt – $500,000 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby
Charlatan looks impossible to beat. The even money morning line chalk is undefeated after 2 lifetime races. The maiden score impressed. But the victory at a mile in an $80,000 optional claimer is what caused Baffert to see roses. Charlatan won that race by 10 lengths. Jockey Martin Garcia will allow Speightstown’s kid to break and take the lead on his own. Unless he’s not ready to run, Charlatan wins by open lengths.
Blaine Wright trained Anneau d’Or failed in the Grade 1 Risen Star in his last. Before that, the Medaglia d’Oro sired runner finished second in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and won the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity. Anneau d’Or has a big shot to finish second.
Shooters Shoot is the only colt that can hang with Charlatan early. Charlatan beat this one by 5 ¾ lengths on Feb.16. Shooters Shoot broke his maiden in his next race. He showed great speed and toughness when dueling in his first against winners. Shooters Shoot won that race. It’s hard to see this one winning a duel versus Charlatan. He could hang on for third, though.
- Win: Charlatan
- Place: Anneau d’Or
- Show: Shooters Shoot
Race 12 – 7:04 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Dirt – $600,000 Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap
Dale Romans puts the saddle on Mr. Freeze, a 6/1 morning line choice that could get lost in the betting. Freeze won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile by 3 lengths in his last. Before that, he finished second to Mucho Gusto in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The 5-year-old horse is a quality equine that could take these gate-to-wire at a price.
Juddmonte Farms owned Tacitus returns to the races after finishing fifth in the $20 million Saudi Cup. Bill Mott figures to have last year’s Belmont Stakes second-place finisher ready to roll. An exacta finish is more than possible.
By My Standards has won two straight. The last win came in the Grade 2 New Orleans Classic. The Bret Calhoun trainee seems a cut below Tacitus and Mr. Freeze. But if he gets a good spot to the outside of Mr. Freeze, By My Standards could pull off the upset. He’s another to consider for the top spot.
- Win: Mr. Freeze
- Place: Tacitus
- Show: By My Standards
Race 13 – 7:43 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Dirt – $500,000 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby
King Guillermo, Nadal, and Wells Bayou should be tough. All three like to run on the lead, though. That’s why backing closer Farmington Road to win makes sense. Todd Pletcher trains the 12/1 morning line choice. Road barely missed in the $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes in his last, losing by a half-length. Jockey Javier Castellano rides.
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame sired Bob Baffert trained Nadal. Like Charlatan, Nadal is undefeated. King Guillermo breaks to the inside of the chalk, which gives jockey Joel Rosario the advantage over Guillermo jockey Samy Camacho.
King Guillermo won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in his last. The Uncle Mo sired runner will go right to the lead. If Nadal can’t keep up, Guillermo can go gate-to-wire. But Storm the Court to the inside has speed. So does Taishan and Wells Bayou. Samy won’t get as easy of a lead on Saturday as he did in the TB Derby.
- Win: Farmington Road
- Place: Nadal
- Show: King Guillermo