It’s rare to see a filly top the betting for a key Kentucky Derby lead-in race, but Secret Oath is attracting most of the attention for the Arkansas Derby.
Saturday’s $1.25 million feature from Oaklawn Park is made up of nine high-quality 3-year-old thoroughbreds. It has been made more intriguing by the nomination of Secret Oath, who is the current sportsbook favorite.
The likes of We the People, Un Ojo, and Doppelganger are out to cause an upset in the biggest stakes race this week.
Make the Pledge for Secret Oath
We are hook, line, and sinker for Secret Oath, who has been destroying her opposition this season.
The 3-year-old filly by Arrogate has won her last three starts by a combined margin of 23 lengths, which is enough to earn her a spot in the Kentucky Oaks.
However, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained filly is wanting to book her spot in the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Lukas won the 1984 Arkansas Derby with filly Althea, so he’s no stranger to pulling off the feat.
She hasn’t been facing the cream of the crop, but she has been destroying quality fields all the same. Her recent workout went as planned according to Lukas.
“It went exactly as planned,” Lukas told BloodHorse. “We said go 1:01, just let her catch her stride, and take a couple of deep breaths. Actually, it was so easy on her that I wonder if I should have done a little more.”
Horse racing betting markets have Secret Oath at 5-2, so the support is there and she will ensure an exciting contest.
Un Ojo Finds Mojo
Un Ojo couldn’t have been more impressive when scoring an upset win in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
He improved enough to win the feature race having finished second in the Grade III Withers at Aqueduct, which is another good form guide for the Arkansas Derby.
Having winning experience on the track is ideal and he won’t pay 75-1 to win a race again.
Bookmakers have Un Ojo at 6-1 for the Arkansas Derby, which is a fair price, and although it’s never easy to back up an upset win, he has upside.
His breeding lines read well and given the price, we wouldn’t leave him out of calculations.
There’s Only One Doppelganger
Excitement levels are high with Doppelganger, who is at 9-2 with horse racing odds for the Arkansas Derby.
The 3-year-old colt kicked off his career with a win at Los Alamitos before running fourth in the San Vicente Stakes and second in the San Felipe Stakes.
Running behind Forbidden Kingdom is good form for this race and SF Racing’s Tom Ryan is excited about his chances.
“Look, we’re excited about him. He’s a horse that’s always excited me. He’s a beautiful specimen,” Ryan said. “He trained extremely well (March 20), went in (1:10 4/5), which is in itself quite a feat, but he did it the right way. He wasn’t urged to do it. He really laid himself down and worked like a good horse, like the good horse we believe he is.”
Drawing post four is ideal and he should track the speed and show his best attributes in the straight.