Oaklawn Barn Notes: ARKANSAS DERBY

Very likely this year, Todd Pletcher could pass his former boss D. Wayne Lukas for the most starts all-time in the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher, who will start unbeaten Rebel winner Malagacy in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby, has five horses among the top 20 on the Kentucky Derby qualifying points lists. That includes Florida Derby winner Always Dreaming, who could wind up the Kentucky Derby favorite, pending what happens with Malagacy and 2-year-old champion Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby. It does not include another promising unbeaten horse, Oaklawn’s Southwest winner One Liner, who was rerouted to from the Arkansas Derby to get some time off after an unsatisfactory workout.
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