Oaklawn Park expects overflow field for Rebel

Led by California shipper The Factor and Southwest Stakes winner Archarcharch, Saturday’s running of the Grade II Rebel Stakes looks to have an overflow of entries. With a field also expected to feature Derby contenders Sway Away, J P’s Gusto, Elite Alex and Alternation, who do you believe will come out victorious this weekend?

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The Usual Q.T. top-rated runner at Woodbine in 2010

With a World Thoroughbred Committee rating of 120, The Usual Q.T. topped the ranking of best horses at the Canadian racetrack.

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Reprized Halo takes OBS Championship Stakes

By three quarters of a length, Roger Urbina’s Reprized Halo held off WinStar Farm challenger Extended Family to win the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings.

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Game Off Dude

Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude will not be heading to Dubai after all. The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old has developed what looks like an abcess in his foot. “I just don’t feel comfortable putting him on a plane,” Baffert said according to the Blood-Horse. “If I had an extra week to work with it, […]

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Could Sweet Ducky be lucky in Dubai?

The Blood-Horse is reporting that Holy Bull runner-up Sweet Ducky will be removed from the Derby Trail to run in the UAE Derby after being sold to an anonymous buyer. Trainer Kelly Breen described the deal as “a lot of money”.

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Evangeline Mile receives $25,000 purse increase

Evangeline Downs has announced its 2011 stakes schedule and among the highlights are increases of $25,000 for the Evangeline Mile and a doubling of the Lafayette Stakes purse to $100,000. The latter race will also be moved from six furlongs to a mile and from dirt to turf.

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Plans for Watch Me Go, Crimson Knight developing

After finishing one-two in the Tampa Bay Derby, previously unheralded colts Watch Me Go and Crimson Knight have a much greater spotlight on their potential Derby futures. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell for Watch Me Go was excited by the way her colt came out of Saturday’s race. “He came back super, he couldn’t be better,” O’Connell […]

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Privman: The Moby Dick of all Derby rules…

Over the years, unwritten rules about prepping for the Kentucky Derby have fallen like flies. For more than fifty years, a horse had not won racing’s biggest race off at least a five week lay off until Barbaro did it in 2006, followed by Big Brown. Brown also became the first to win the Derby […]

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Wincze: Premier Pegasus now looks like a dangerous contender

After a dominating 7 3/4 length victory in the San Felipe at Santa Anita, Premier Pegasus looks to be the top of the West Coast class despite finishing third behind The Factor in the Grade II San Vicente a few weeks back. “He relaxed perfectly in his first start without blinkers, showed an explosive turn […]

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