Inside the Numbers: 2018 Arkansas Derby

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The field for the 2015 Arkansas Derby runs through the stretch for the first time, with eventual winner and subsequent Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (#6) on the outside. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Arkansas Derby takes center stage this Saturday, offering horses a final opportunity to earn major qualifying points for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. A field of seven or eight, including undefeated Magnum Moon, California invader Solomini, and Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip, is expected to square off at Oaklawn Park with a place in the Kentucky Derby on the line.

Read on for a closer look at the facts and figures surrounding this year’s race.

1- The Arkansas Derby has produced one Triple Crown winner: American Pharoah, who won the Arkansas Derby before completing his Triple Crown sweep in 2015. This year’s race features Solomini, who is co-owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, the same connections as American Pharoah.

1 1/8 miles- The distance of the Arkansas Derby since its inception.

1:46 4/5- Record time the race has been completed in, by the filly Althea in 1984.

Todd Pletcher (Eclipse Sportswire)

4- The number of Arkansas Derby wins by Todd Pletcher, more than any other trainer. He has undefeated Rebel Stakes winner Magnum Moon in this year’s race.

6- The number of Arkansas Derby runners who have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby. All six have come since 1983.

10- The average field size of the race over the last five years. A field of seven is expected for this year’s race.

10 ½ lengths- Record margin of victory in the race, when future Horse of the Year Curlin won in 2007.

17- The biggest field to race in the Arkansas Derby. It happened on three occasions: 1971, 1972, and 1974.

170- Total Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake in the race. The winner and runner-up are virtually assured of a place in the starting gate with 100 and 40 points, respectively. Third place earns 20 points and fourth place gets 10.

$218- The win payoff when Rockamundo won the 1993 Arkansas Derby. It was the biggest win payoff ever in an Oaklawn stakes race.

2017 Arkansas Derby crowd. (Eclipse Sportswire)

1936- The first year the Arkansas Derby was run, making 2018 the 82nd edition.

1976- The year that Elocutionist won the Preakness Stakes, becoming the first Arkansas Derby winner to also capture a Triple Crown race.

$5,000- Purse of the first Arkansas Derby. The winner’s share for Holl Image was $4,110.

71,203- The 1986 attendance on Arkansas Derby day, a record. Last year’s estimated on-track attendance was 62,500.

$1 million- Total purse of the race. The winner gets $600,000 of that total.

$13,588,147- Total dollars bet on Arkansas Derby day 2017.

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