HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas Derby should offer something for everybody.
There are front-runners, one-run thoroughbreds, even a couple of trouble horses. And big-time jockeys galore.
Saturday's race at 1 1/8 miles is one of the final prep races for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. By 4:50 p.m., some owners and trainers of 3-year-olds will be making plans for Louisville; others will be looking elsewhere.
At this point, it looks as if the Arkansas Derby will have a field of about 10.
If you like speed, there's Bright Again, Real Cash and Wicked Destiny.
* Bright Again set the early pace in the Hawthorne Juvenile last November but finished second. In his first start of the year March 3, he led almost all the way and won an allowance race in Florida. On March 31 in the Jim Beam Stakes, Bright Again led most of the way and got run down in the stretch by Summer Squall, one of the Kentucky Derby favorites. Pat Day picks up the mount.
* Real Cash wired the field in the San Felipe Handicap at Santa Anita on March 18 and then was the pacesetter in the Santa Anita Derby. He eventually surrendered the lead to the other Derby favorite, unbeaten Mister Frisky. Alex Solis is to ride.