Seven Trying to Dethrone American Pharoah in $1 Million Arkansas Derby
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Fri 10/04/2015 - 10:19 EDT
American Pharoah has been installed as the overwhelming favorite on the morning line at odds of 1-2 for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $300,000 as a yearling, the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile broke his maiden in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) as a juvenile and went on to win the Front Runner (G1) and be named the champion two-year-old despite missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He returned this year with a 6 ¼ length romp in the Rebel Stakes (G2) and will have Victor Espinoza aboard from post six.
Home track advantage for Far Right
Second choice at 9-2 on the morning line is Far Right for trainer Ron Moquett. A ridgling son of Notional, he has been on the board in seven of his eight starts and is a perfect two-for-two as a sophomore this year. Both wins have come at Oaklawn Park and he was last seen winning the Southwest Stakes (G3) over ten rivals. Mike Smith will remain aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position seven.
Madefromlucky going for first stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Madefromlucky for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $150,000 as a juvenile, the chestnut son of Lookin at Lucky has been on the board in five of his six starts and made his stakes debut last time out with a runner-up effort behind American Pharoah in the Rebel Stakes (G2). He will be going for his third career victory and will have John Velazquez aboard from post position four.
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