Spring and summer are the best time of year to go, get some sun and enjoy the outdoors. This particular time marks the start of the horse racing season. The soil is just right and the track is ready for the anthem of hooves. The Arkansas Derby is a horse race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds brought to us a little over 100 years ago.
This race takes off every year in April and is one of the biggest in the Southern parts of the USA. 2004 marked the year of its 100th anniversary and its first event in 1936. In 1936, purse prizes were only $5,000 and its purse now years later is an estimate $1,000,000.
This race is one of the most anticipated events of the year for horse racing fans as it symbolizes the start of the horse racing season.
What You Need to Know
It’s no Kentucky Derby, but it’s better on the horse’s hooves with the soft grassy tracks and no hazardous rocks to catch in their hooves. The Arkansas Derby is located in Oakland Park of Hot Springs, Arkansas and is one of the lower costing events out of many planned for the season. With the lineup of activities in April, your books will be full and there will be plenty of entertainment and live horse racing action to enjoy.
For those planning attendance, tickets can be bought online and at the derby. Online you can get tickets for $45 and up, but at the race it costs more depending on the seat you select and that’s available. Horse racing fans that hope to attend can expect to pay anything from $60 and up – it is definitely worth it.
As mentioned the winner of the race will take home the $1,000,000 purse prize.
Top Arkansas Derby Moments 2016
April of 2016 marked many wins and over $1.5 million was made on 3 and 4 year-old thoroughbreds. Each year there are multiple events going on at once, some online and some off. The top moments of the Arkansas Derby reach back to the first in 1936.
In 1936 Holl Image won the $5,000 purse and it has grown rapidly over the years and many of the horses who have won it’s races, go on to win other big name races such as the Kentucky Derby. With all the competition going on there has been one that has stuck out in recent events that marks dedication of trainers and jockeys, the Cupid-Whitmore show downs.
In February, 2016, Whitmore became nervous as Cupid ran with ease in a set pace. Their show down marked the event and later in April were to meet again for Cubid’s shot to win a fifth derby and Whitmore to get the first leg of the Kentucky Derby.
What shocked many, with how hard these two Thoroughbreds were going head-to-head and their trainers doing almost the same, neither of them won 1st Place, Creator did! Nor did they take 2nd Place, that trophy was given to Sudenbreakingnews, but 3rd Whitmore took.
Don’t Miss 2017’s Derby Event
This year’s derby is on April, 15th at noon with two other events. One before the derby on the 14th and one after on the 16th. You don’t want to miss out on the drinks, food, affordable seats and the gorgeous creatures racing to the finish line.
The purse is still at 1 million dollars for the winning horse to take home and you can find your tickets at stub.com starting at $45. If you are a horse fan and would like some live action packed entertainment, the Arkansas Derby is for you.
There is a lot of competition in this event. With horse racing fans and horse lovers, the outdoors at the derby is where you want to be to get first-hand shots of these winners and an experience that is one of a kind.
Bring your cameras for this intense event and dive into the racing world and competition. As Moquett said, “You never know about the heart until you try them.” Same goes for you first-timers, you never know until you are there in the front row, cheering on those Thoroughbreds.