The 2016 Arkansas Derby live stream online and TV coverage takes place this afternoon from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Today’s Grade II stake race is one of the final tune-ups that will help shape the field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, which takes place on May 7. 12 of the top horses in the US will battle it out this afternoon with the winner earning the all-important 100 points, while increasing its shot at a spot in the Kentucky Derby and beyond. Fans will be able to catch the Arkansas Derby live streaming and TV action through various outlets today.
According to a courier-journal report, the early morning line favors Cupid, a horse that is being trained by Bob Baffert. Horse racing fans know that Baffert has been the man with the Midas touch of late. Last year he was the man behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and he also trained champions Silver Charm and Point Given. Now Baffert looks to take Cupid and Mor Spirit (who ran in the Santa Anita Derby) to the pinnacle of horse racing. However, Baffert knows it won’t be easy – especially coming of a Triple Crown win.
“Really, you know, we work hard trying to get there,” Baffert said. “And so, you know, you get to the point where you were sort of expected to get there. But it’s not easy. “It’s hard, so when you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that look like they’re going to be competitive, it’s like, it’s an honor to be saying hey, you know what? Maybe there’s a little hope – a little dream there.”
While Cupid is the favorite, Whitmore is a close second. Trainer Ron Moquette believes he has a great shot this afternoon with Whitmore. Not only has Whitmore been running well during training sessions, he will once again have Irad Ortiz, Jr., guiding his every step. Ortiz, Jr. is one of the best jockeys out today.
Below is a look at the field, odds and a few predictions for the 2016 Arkansas Derby. Horse race fans will be able to catch all of the Arkansas Derby action nationally on TVG (Comcast 745) and streaming live online through TVG.com for subscribing customers. You can also watch the live stream feed free through Oaklawn.com. Post time is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. ET.
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Winners — Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore
Perfecta Boxes — BOX — (4,8,10,12)
Arkansas Derby Odds
1. Discreetness 20-1
2. Cutacorner 50-1
3. Creator 10-1
4. Suddenbreakingnews 5-1
5. American Pioneer 8-1
6. Unbridled Outlaw 10-1
7. Dazzling Gem 12-1
8. Whitmore 9-2
9. Luna de Loco 30-1
10. Cupid 2-1
11. Gray Sky 30-1
12. Gettysburg 6-1