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Danza Pays Big at 41-1 in Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park

Danza Pays Big at 41-1 in Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park: Danza surprised with a big 41/1 win at the Grade 1 2014 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The race was 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and it was on a main fast track. Danza did not just win, but he won by an impressive 4 ¾ length win and paid out a whopping $84.60.

Danza Horse

Danza and Joe Bravo surprise the experts and win the 2014 Arkansas Derby with 41-1 odds for trainer Todd Pletcher on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Photo: Danny Johnson/Associated Press

Ride On Curlin took second place in the 2014 Arkansas Derby and Bayern came in third place ½ length behind Ride On Curlin. Tapiture came in fourth place 2 lengths behind Bayern. Danza takes home the $1 million dollar purse along with a big shocking win and a posted time of 1:49.68.

Danza is trained by Todd Pletcher and was ridden by jockey Joe Bravo in the 2014 Arkansas Derby. With Bravo, Danza surprised the crowd in the final turn when he pulled away down the stretch for a significant enough win. Trainer Pletcher won the Derby last year with race horse Overanalyze, and it looks like his winning streak is continuing on.

Pletcher stated, “We’ve had good fortune there, good luck…It’s always been a favorite track of mine since I was a teenager. I’ve got a lot of fond memories of Oaklawn.”

Even though Danza was a long shot to win the race, Danza’s team had a lot of faith in him. Co-owner Aron Wellman said, “We internally had a lot of faith in the horse…We knew we were going to be a longshot. It was just a matter of whether he was going to be good enough to compete with these horses. Fortunately, he went out there and executed on the race track today.”

Danza certainly did execute well at Oaklawn and we will have to wait and see if he runs in the Derby.

Arkansas Derby 2014 Results & Payouts:
1 Danza and Joe Bravo $84.60 to Win/$28.40 to Place/$11.00 to Show
4 Ride On Curlin and Jon Court $7.00 to Place/$4.00 to Show
8 Bayern and Gary L. Stevens $4.00
Also ran: 3 – Tapiture , 7 – Conquest Titan , 6 – Commissioner , 5 – Thundergram , 9 – Strong Mandate
Scratched horses: Knock Em Flat (Trainer)

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