This week at Picks and Ponderings, I took a look at the pair of graded stakes at Oaklawn on Saturday: the Arkansas Derby (GI) and the Oaklawn Handicap (GII).
The Arkansas Derby is the final 100-point Kentucky Derby prep, just three weeks out from the big day. American Pharoah returns after his dominant Rebel victory, and faces Far Right, winner of both other Derby preps in Hot Springs. The Oaklawn Handicap features known runners and rising stars in the handicap division. Nine others will try to knock off Race Day, who won the Razorback Handicap (GIII), the final local prep.
My preview covers both of those races in depth. Take a look, and let me know in the comment section what you agree or disagree with!