The Oaklawn Park 3-year-olds take their final steps toward Kentucky Derby 2012 in Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby and Bodemeister and Secret Circle share top billing for trainer Bob Baffert.
#11 Bodemeister is the 9-5 morning line favorite. The
unraced juvenile landed the place in his Santa Anita sprint bow before
romping in a fast flat mile graduation run Feb 11. He gave his all but
could not quite match strides with Creative Cause in the G2 San
Felipe March 10, and he was hardly disgraced in a fine runner-up
performance. He removes the hood and figures in the thick of things
throughout under Mike Smith.