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Arkansas Derby shocker as Danza wins

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Danza pulled away on the home stretch to shock a star-packed field in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his second straight victory in the $1 million race.
   
The colt went off at 40-1 at Oaklawn Park and beat Ride on Curlin by 4¾ lengths, running 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.68 in the Kentucky Derby prep.
   
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Danza paid $84.60, $28.40 and $11 and earned 100 points in the Kentucky Derby standings. Ride on Curlin returned $7 and $4, and pre-race favorite and Bob Baffert-trained Bayern paid $4 to show.
   
Tapiture, who won the Southwest Stakes and was second in the Rebel Stakes, finished fourth.
   
Pletcher won last year with Overanalyze.

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