The $1 million Arkansas Derby is scheduled for just before 5 pm, Central time on Saturday April 15 2006. The event will be broadcast live on Television, and more than 50 thousand people are expected to watch it at the race track. It is one of the crown jewels in the American horse racing calendar.
The 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year olds will also serve as a final trial before the Kentucky Derby for some top riders and their steeds. Horses that perform poorly at Oaklawn Park rarely do well the following fortnight at Lexington, Kentucky. 14 competitors have been declared for the event and draws for gates have just been completed. Lawyer Ron is reported to be in great form and top spirits and is a marked favorite. Smarty Jones and Afleet Alex are winners from past events at this race track which have won top national accolades. Afleet Alex took the 2005 event by 8 lengths.
Weather people predict overcast weather in the high eighties at the Oaklawn Park. Arkansas has hosted this event annually for the last seventy years. President Clinton heads the list of celebrities who have given away the trophy in the past.
Make sure that you follow this keenly awaited horse racing event!