Robert and Lawana Low's undefeated Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Magnum Moon drew post position six and was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $1-million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The Malibu Moon colt will be looking to give trainer Todd Pletcher a fifth win in Oaklawn's signature Grade 1 race.
Just to Magnum Moon's inside will be Rebel Stakes runner-up Solomini, who will break from post five as the 2-1 second choice on the morning. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the colt will be looking to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a third win in the race and first since 2015 when American Pharoah won and went on to become the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. Like American Pharoah, Solomini will wear the silks of Zayat Stables, who co-own the horse with John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip drew post eight and was made the 9-2 third choice in the field of nine. The Rodolphe Brisset-trainee was flattered last weekend when Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Flameaway finished second in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso came back to win the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2).
The Arkansas Derby will be worth 100-40-20-10 official Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers.
The complete field for the 2018 Arkansas Derby from the rail out: Beautiful Shot, Richard Eramia, 30-1; Machismo, Scott Spieth, 20-1; Tenfold, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Dream Baby Dream, Luis Contreras, 15-1; Solomini, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Magnum Moon, Luis Saez, 8-5; Plainsman, C.J. McMahon, 30-1; Quip, Florent Geroux, 9-2, and Combatant, Ricardo Santana Jr., 6-1.
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