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Saturday To-Do: Arkansas Derby

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The 2012 Arkansas Derby is Saturday at Oaklawn Park.
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  • The 2012 Arkansas Derby is Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

ARKANSAS DERBY
Noon. Oaklawn Park. $2.

The end of the racing season at Oaklawn is nigh. This week is the Racing Festival of the South, featuring nine races in total, kicking off with the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes on Wednesday, the $100,000 Redbud Stakes on Thursday, the $500,000 Apple Blossom Stakes on Friday and the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

Isn’t He Clever, one of the colts running at this year’s Arkansas Derby, is the offspring of the legendary Smarty Jones, who in 2004 took a $5 million bonus Oaklawn had offered to any contender who won the Rebel Stakes, the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby. Of course, Smarty Jones’ hopes for a Triple Crown were dashed by an upset from the longshot Birdstone. So how will Isn’t He Clever fare? There’s only one way to find out.


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