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Update: March 25, 2022 at 3:47 pm
Briland’s Farm Secret Vow (Arrogate) got her last big hit on Friday before the upcoming start of the April 2 Arkansas GI Derby in Oaklawn. Dispatched by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas shortly after the track opened Friday morning, the chestnut worked on its own from the five-feather long post to the regular finish line, reaching the distance in 1:01 under hand. Her regular pilot, Luis Contreras. According to the Oaklawn watchers, this domestic hybrid posted internal splits of: 12.20 for the opening eighth and: 37.60 for three coats before galloping off six in 1: 15.
“It went exactly as planned,” Lukas said. “We said go 1:01, just let her strut and take a deep breath. In fact, it was so easy for her that I wondered if I should do a little more. ”
Secret Oath made its second hit since an impressive 7 1/2 win in GIII Honeybee S. February 26. Secret Oath previously posted a five-feather (: 59.40) piece on March 17th.
Contreras added, “She got through very well 5 out of 8 in 1:1. That’s what the Coach wants.”
Lukas won the 1984 Arkansas Derby against Althea, a week after she finished second in Fantasy S. Lukas also finished third in the 1986 Arkansas Derby with another game, Family Style, a week after she ranked fourth in Fantasy. Althea and Family Style both won the Eclipse award at the age of 2.
Secret Oath was among nine possibilities listed Friday morning by the Oaklawn racing division. The only other horses for the Arkansas Derby are Barber Road, Ben Diesel, Call Me Jamal, Chasing Time, Cyberknife, Doppelganger, Un Ojo and We the People.
Positions posted for the Arkansas Derby will be drawn on Sunday afternoon. The event will be open to the public, time and location will be announced by Oaklawn. The Arkansas Derby will yield 170 points (100-40-20-10 respectively) for the top four finishers to qualify for the start of the May 7 Kentucky Derby.