Arkansas Derby 2012: SB Nation Experts Pick Their Winners

With post time at the 2012 Arkansas Derby set for 5:45 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, the experts at SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come have made their predictions for the event.

Jared Christopher likes Secret Circle in the 2012 Arkansas Derby, but does have some concerns:

The Bob Baffert tandem entry, Secret Circle and Bodemeister are all the rage in Saturday's Arkansas Derby. Be careful here. Baffert is still figuring out his raw, but talented new horse. The Zayat Stables' owned Bodemeister will run without blinkers for the first time on Saturday. While he seems to have limitless potential, there are other horses with potential that has already been realized in the form of major graded stakes wins. Secret Circle, on the other hand, is one of those other horses. My fear: can he go the distance?

Another contributor to And Down The Stretch They Come likes the chances of two of the horses in the race:

This is a strange race. I see the my top 4 horses all wanting to make the lead with Stat, Secret Circle, Bodemeister, and Isn't He Clever all being speed horses. I don't see a lot of stalking talent in the field so I fully expect these four to really battle. Bodemeister is the new kid on the block, so I expect Mike Smith to push him to the lead and try to run away with it. I either see Bodemeister or Secret Circle take the win.

For more on the world of horse racing, visit SB Nation's And Down The Stretch They Come.

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