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Arkansas Derby: PDI #2 The Factor draws post 3

Here is the post-position draw for Saturday’s 75th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). First Post – 12 noon; Arkansas Derby post time – 5:58 p.m. 1.   Nehro, Steve Asmussen, Corey Nakatani, 5-1 2.   Elite Alex, Tim Ritchey, Calvin Borel, 8-1 Blinkers-On 3.   The Factor, Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia, 7-5 4.   Brethren, Todd […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Everything Turned Upside Down

It only took about 12 seconds to change the complexion of this year’s Kentucky Derby picture, from the singular focus on the coronation of last year’s unbeaten 2-year-old champion, Uncle Mo, to a wide-open scramble that makes it difficult to discount any 3-year-old with stakes-level ability. The last furlong of Saturday’s Wood Memorial Stakes at […]

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PDI #13 Sway Away may join band of blinkers for Arkansas Derby

The new trend for the Arkansas Derby seems to be putting blinkers on underperforming contenders as Sway Away looks to join J P’s Gusto and Elite Alex in next Saturday’s running of the Hot Springs classic.

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Elite Alex on fire over six furlongs with blinkers

Is this the Elite Alex many have been waiting to arrive? After some lackluster recent performances, the son of Afleet Alex drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 3/5 at Oaklawn in preparation for the Arkansas Derby.

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Elite Alex scratches from Rebel; LA Derby instead

Trainer Tim Ritchey said Elite Alex would be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.  Instead, Elite Alex will point to the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby a week from Saturday at Fair Grounds. “There we got a mile and an eighth, which should suit him better, a lot longer […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: A Win’s A Win

This is a forward-looking statement. I think we’ll learn more about the Kentucky Derby picture this Saturday than we did last weekend. Mike Repole’s Stay Thirsty won the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday, but the accolades for his victory were not overwhelming. It was a race he needed, having not competed since […]

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PDI #19 Archarcharch, Elite Alex work at Oaklawn

Archarcharch and Elite Alex were among a handful of Rebel Stakes hopefuls that turned in drills at Oaklawn Park Sunday.  The Grade 2 Rebel, scheduled for March 19, is a local prep for the Arkansas Derby. Archarcharch worked under regular rider Jon Court in 1:01 for five furlongs.  Elite Alex worked with Calvin Borel aboard […]

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On to the Rebel for Southwest top three

Archarcharch, J P’s Gusto and Elite Alex will all use the Rebel Stakes as a rematch and opportunity to strengthen their chances for this year’s Kentucky Derby. “We’re kind of on target to do the Arkansas Triple Crown,” said Archarcharch trainer Jinks Fires.

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West: I expect another outstanding prospect to emerge from Southwest Stakes

Gary West is high on Elite Alex both in the Paulick Derby Index and his recent column handicapping the Southwest Stakes. “His trainer, Tim Ritchey, said Elite Alex probably should have won by 10. Having watched the race several times, I’m inclined to think the combination of the troubled start and the wide trip probably […]

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