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Arkansas wins fifth straight SEC series

FAYETTEVILLE — Dominic Taccolini needed Saturday. He needed it about as much as Arkansas needed a team win. The sophomore right-hander was bad his last two times out, giving up 14 earned runs over his last eight innings in two starts.

Hogs come back in 8th

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas trailed twice, including in the seventh inning, before coming back to beat Mississippi State, 7-6, in the teams’ series opener Friday night at Baum Stadium.

Contests and Promotions

American Pharoah margin of victory 8 lengths

HOT SPRINGS — Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah lived up to his 1-9 odds with an easy eight-length victory in Saturday’s 79th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby before an estimated on track crowd of 67,500. It was the second straight Oaklawn win for the Bob Baffert-trainee, who had also won the $750,000 Rebel Stakes on March 14.

Untapable unstoppable at Apple Blossom

HOT SPRINGS — Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable looked every bit the champion she is as she drew off to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap by 2½ lengths over longshot Diva’s Diamond. The 2014 champion 3-year-old filly entered the race off a second in the March 14 Azeri Stakes to Gold Medal Dancer, who had to settle for third Friday in the 1 1/16 mile race.