Cruises Home After Setting Pace
By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
Division 1 of the Arkansas Derby went to Charlatan, who won by six lengths in a time of 1:48.49 after breaking cleanly from post 1 and leading all the way.
Basin crossed over from the far outside post to be positioned second going into the first turn, and that's where he finished. Gouverneur Morris chased those two home to get third, a neck back of Basin, and Winning Impression was fourth, beaten 9 1/4 lengths.
Those four were followed by Anneau d'Or, Crypo Cash, Mo Mosa, Jungle Runner and My Friends Beer. Shooters Shoot and Wrecking Crew were scratched.
Charlatan broke well from post 1 and cruised through initial fractions of 22.88, 46.08, 1:09.68 and 1:35.33. He was never challenged for the lead.
Charlatan was made the 2-5 favorite by betters and returmed them $2.80 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Charlatan's win secured him 100 Kentucky Derby points. Those were his first points after winning his debut and a two-turn allowance race at Santa Anita in his first two starts.
Basin earned forty points (total now 50), and 20 went to Gouverneur Morris (total now 34). Winning Impression got his first 10 points.
Charlatan is a son of Speightstown out of Authenticity, by Quiet American. He was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC and is owned by SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables.
The winner fetched $700,000 at the Keeneland September 2018 yearling sale.
Winning trainer Bob Baffert, Charlatan – “Very exciting day, to say the least. I thought both horses were going to run really well. Charlatan, what a talent he is and how fast he is. I just loved the way, third out, to ship and to do that, what he did today - only the really good ones can do that. I just want to thank the Cella family and Oaklawn Park for the fantastic job. Just fortunate and happy that they were able to split it and give everybody a chance to get some Derby points."
Winning Jockey Martin Garcia, Charlatan – “I can say I am really lucky to ride him. Mr. Baffert and the owners had a lot of choices. They pick me. I just did my job. He just took me to the winner’s circle. They told me we were smoking. I went in 1:09 and he was just galloping. He did in all within himself. I felt someone coming at the 3/8ths and I let him go. He just took off. That’s a sign of a really good horse.”
“I was the #1 and sometimes being #1, it takes a while for the others to load. He was very professional in the gate. He broke good and then he just took me to the lead by himself. It felt like he was galloping and I thought I was going slower than I was. At the 3/8th, he just took off. At the top of the stretch, I asked him to go and he found another gear. It is just amazing when you are on a horse like that.”
Trainer Steve Asmussen, Basin, second – “He was in hot pursuit the whole way. He hung in there really well. Solid fractions. I thought Ricardo gave him every shot. He just finished second best.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux, fourth on Winning Impresssion – “Good race. I had a good race. He was sitting fifth or six and then made his run.”
Trainer Blaine Wright, Anneau d’Or, fifth – “He broke a little flat footed. Then he had to use him a little to get some pisiotn. We didn’t want to be too far back. We knew that horse had lone speed. Man, what a horse he turned out to be. He’s in a different league. It would have been nice to hold on to fourth place money, but all and all not a disgrace for us.”
Trainer Ken McPeek, Crypto Cash, sixth – “He's a useful kind of horse and he's out of his allowance conditions. They're not going to write that. He was just doing well and we figured we'd take a shot and see how he could run. Corey had some trouble with him, with his mouth a little bit in the race, and he said he was leaning. It's been a little issue we've had with the colt, anyway. He’ll be OK. We'll find something a lot simpler coming out of this.”
Trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer, My Friends Beer, ninth - “The winner looked exceptional - just to go out there and go those fractions he did on the front end and keep going every step of the way and just draw off. There will be a lot of people, I guess, saying he got an uncontested lead. Who wants to take on a horse going 22 and 46 going a mile and an eighth? My Friends Beer is probably not a Grade 1 horse, but we took a shot. He was probably a little bit flat from his last run. He put in a big effort and finished a good, strong third in that allowance race. He was running three weeks ago and he only shipped down three days before that. It probably caught up with him a little bit. But the owners had fun, we all had fun. It was my first runner in a Grade 1. Finished last, so I think the only way is up for me.”