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Weekend Stakes Action: Arkansas Derby & Blue Grass Stakes Edition

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An open thread to discuss the 2013 Arkansas Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and all of Saturday's top racing action.

Wesley Hitt

As we move into the middle of the month of April, we are unbelievably at the end of the major prep races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Time flies when you're having fun, or something like that. Both of today's big races, the Blue Grass Stakes and the Arkansas Derby, present us with a solid field of contenders, most of which are still looking for that "big" win that will stamp them as a legitimate contender for this year's Derby.

The Arkansas Derby will be televised on NBC SportsNetwork, while the Blue Grass will be shown on NBC. We'll see whether or not they cover any of the graded stakes races on the undercards but, given the couple hours of coverage, I would hope the other races won't be ignored.

This is your stakes day open thread.

Arkansas Derby 2013: Entries, Post Positions & Odds | Preview
Blue Grass Stakes 2013: Entries, Post Positions & Odds | Preview

Below are links to today's changes at Keeneland and Oaklawn, via Equibase:

Keeneland Scratches & Changes - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oaklawn Scratches & Changes - Saturday, April 13, 2013

Below is the scheduled for today's major stakes action:

Date Track Race Gr. Age Sex Dist. Surf. Winner $2 Win
13-Apr OP Arkansas Derby 1 3yo 9.0 Dirt 9-Overanalzye $9.40
13-Apr KEE Blue Grass Stakes 1 3yo 9.0 Synth. 4-Java's War $11.20
13-Apr KEE Jenny Wiley 1 4up f&m 8.5 Turf 1-Centre Court $5.40
13-Apr KEE Vinery Madison 1 4up f&m 7.0 Synth. 5-Last Full Measure $37.60
13-Apr OP Oaklwan Hcp. 2 4up 9.0 Dirt 1-Cyber Secret $15.00
13-Apr AQU Distaff Handicap 2 3up f&m 6.0 Dirt 4-Cluster of Stars $2.40
13-Apr KEE Shakertown 3 4up 5.5 Turf 5-Havelock $18.60
13-Apr KEE Commonwealth 3 4up 7.0 Synth. 6-Handsome Mike $9.40
13-Apr SA Las Cienegas 3 4up f&m 6.5 Turf 6-Mizdirection $2.80
13-Apr OP Count Fleet Hcp. 3 4up 6.0 Dirt 3-Justin Phillip $4.40
13-Apr OP Northern Spu 3yo 8.0 Dirt 5-Get Happy Mister $16.20