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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.

Untapable getting used to Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS — Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable was a bit antsy in her new surroundings after arriving at Oaklawn in early March. It showed a few days later when Untapable, slow to settle early in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes, finished second in her 4-year-old debut, beaten a half-length by Gold Medal Dancer over a waterlogged surface.