Horse racing notes: Concert Tour headlines the Arkansas Derby


(Through Thursday)


Flavien Prat / 82

Juan Hernandez / 51

Umberto Rispoli / 42

Abel Cedillo / 35

Joel Rosario / 29


Bob Baffert / 29

Philip D’Amato / 29

Peter Miller / 26

Richard Baltas / 23

Doug O’Neill / 23


• The final two Kentucky Derby preps of the season are on tap Saturday. The Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour is the even-money favorite in the Grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park with Joel Rosario aboard. The race, won by Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in 2015, drew a short field of six. Baffert’s second entrant, Hozier, is next at 3-1, and Caddo River is 7-2. In Kentucky, the Grade III Lexington Stakes at Keeneland drew a field of 10, including 6-5 morning-line favorite Proxy and Swiftsure, the 5-1 second choice. Baffert’s Bezos, who broke his maiden in his second start at Santa Anita, is 8-1 with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle.

• For the third consecutive year, Del Mar has been identified as one of the safest race tracks in the U.S. by the The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. Del Mar suffered one catastrophic racing injury during its 27-day summer meet and 15-day fall meet combined in 2020, a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 starts. The national average for 2020 per The Jockey Club was 1.41, the lowest since the EID began collecting data in 2009. Del Mar’s injury rate the past three years has been the lowest in the country and far below the national average. In 2019, there were two fatal injuries during Del Mar’s two meets, and there were three during the 2018 summer and fall meets combined.

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• Greatest Honour has joined Life Is Good as top 3-year-olds on the sideline after the colt’s trainer, Shug McGaughey, said this week the colt will be given a 60-day break from training after his third-place finish in the Florida Derby on March 27. McGaughey said he was not pleased with how the son of Tapit was galloping. “Finally … I said, ‘We need to get to the bottom of this,’” McGaughey told “So we started working with him on Sunday morning and we came to the decision that we need to give him some time off, let him grow into himself.” Dr. Larry Bramlage examined X-rays and bone scans and was part of the decision to rest Greatest Honour, according to McGaughey.

— Art Wilson

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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