Arkansas Derby 2013 Results: Biggest Winners at Oaklawn Park

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Arkansas Derby 2013 Results: Biggest Winners at Oaklawn Park
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Don’t Overanalyze the results of the 2013 Arkansas Derby.

The 3-year-old Todd Pletcher-trained colt may have blown away all competition at Oaklawn Park, but the true test waits at the Kentucky Derby.

Likewise, a disappointing showing by Oxbow could easily be remedied in less than three weeks at Churchill Downs.

War Academy, trained by Bob Baffert, failed to live up to his post-time favorite billing. Jockey Mike Smith pulled him up just prior to the final turn, eliminating the mount from qualifying for the Derby.

Overanalyze was a clear winner here, but two others’ big showings have helped put them into good position as the final two wild-card races approach at the end of April.

Several points, albeit drastically fewer than were up for grabs at Oaklawn Park, will determine the final entrants to the Kentucky Derby. Winners at April 20’s Lexington Stakes and April 27’s Derby Trial can add 20 points to their total. That should be enough for many of the borderline horses to punch their own ticket.

Squeaking in on the final weekend before the race isn’t ideal, though. Having fresh legs is important when going up against the best in the sport.

Below, we’ll recap the final leaderboard and highlight three horses that solidified their place at Churchill Downs on May 4.


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2013 Arkansas Derby Results







R. Bejarano

T. A. Pletcher


Frac Daddy

V. Lebron

K. G. McPeek



R. Santana, Jr.

S. M. Asmussen


Falling Sky

M. Garcia

J. Terranova



G. Stevens

D. Lukas


Den's Legacy

R. Albarado

B. Baffert


Divine Ambition

J. Graham

E. Reed


Texas Bling

C. Borel

D. Durham


Heaven's Runaway

I. Ocampo

J. Martin


War Academy

M. Smith

B. Baffert

Biggest Winners


The win couldn’t have come at a better time for both the horse and jockey Rafael Bejarano. After finishing in a disappointing fifth-place at its season opener, Overanalyze appeared to be fading quickly as the Derby approached.

Bejarano, who has never won the big early-May race, had different plans. He shot past the field on the final turn and never looked back, cruising to a 4 1/4-length victory.

Frac Daddy

The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred Frac Daddy was jockeyed by Victor Lebron and is trained by Ken McPeek. This win propelled the horse up the rankings enough to qualify it for entry to the Kentucky Derby.

Of note, Frac Daddy’s lone victory came at Churchill Downs in November 2012.

Falling Sky

Quietly, Falling Sky qualified for the Kentucky Derby as well after its fourth-place finish at Oaklawn Park. The finish was another strong showing after it finished third at the Tampa Bay Derby.

While the finish is somewhat disappointing, qualifying for the big race certainly isn’t.

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