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40-1 Danza Wins $1 Million Arkansas Derby

Added on: April 15, 2014

Priced at 40-1, a horse called Danza recorded a shock win at Oaklawn Park on Saturday afternoon, winning the $1 million Arkansas Derby in front of a 63,000+ strong crowd. The horse is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and it is trained by Todd Pletcher. Danza stormed to victory and won by a 4 ¾ length, fending off Street Boss.

This latest win means that Danza now qualifies for a place at this year’s Kentucky Derby on May 3rd at Churchill Downs and now sits in 6th place with 100 points. Also on 100 points in 7th position on the Road to Kentucky Leaderboard is Constitution (owned by WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing) and also Samraat (who actually sits in 5th and is owned by My Meadowview Farm).

In 4th place with 102 points is Wicked Strong (owned by Centennial Farms). In 3rd place with 108 points is Dance with Fate (owned by S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LCC). In 2nd place is Vicar’s In Trouble with 120 points (owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey) and sitting comfortable at the top of the Road to Kentucky Leaderboard on April 14th with 150 points is California Chrome (owned by Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin).

Speaking about this win on Saturday was Danza’s jockey, Jow Bravo, “That was a pretty great effort.” He continued, Todd was pretty high on the horse and he told me this morning that he was going to be fresh so don't take anything away from him. Try to save as much [ground] as you can and let him run his race. It was textbook, just textbook. Everything unfolded like a dream.”

Trainer Todd Pletcher said, “We were searching for the right race and the right option and it seemed like the Arkansas Derby was the race for us to step out and take our shot. We're certainly very excited that we did and very proud of the way the horse ran today. I don't remember winning a grade I at 40-1, but it's not very often that our horses pay those type of mutuels.”

He finished by saying, “We narrowed it down between the Blue Grass and the Arkansas Derby and it we thought the race would set up a little better there. Also with dirt, that was the tie breaker.” These comments came directly from the horse racing section of the official ESPN website. Keep checking back with us to find out more about the latest stories from horse racing in the US and around the world.