Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has enjoyed great success at Oaklawn, compiling a 6-5-3 record from 26 starters and purse earnings of $1,142,221. Four of the victories have come in graded stakes company – Lite Light in the $250,000 Fantasy (G2) for 3-year-old fillies in 1991, Hystericalady in the $175,000 Azeri (G3) for older fillies and mares in 2008, Blind Luck in the $300,000 Fantasy (G2) in 2010 and It Tiz Well in the $200,000 Honeybee (G3) for 3-year-old fillies in 2017.
Hollendorfer can pad that total in Saturday's split $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds with Galilean (first division) and Gunmetal Gray (second division).
“They're coming in good shape and doing good on their training,” Hollendorfer said Wednesday afternoon. “We're looking forward to running. We haven't been out to Arkansas in a while, but we're glad to be here.”
Flavien Prat is scheduled to ride Galilean and Gunmetal Gray, who both arrived late Wednesday morning following a two-hour, 40-minute flight originating earlier in the day in Southern California.
Galilean, a California-bred son of champion Uncle Mo, has won 3 of 4 career starts, including the $200,000 California Cup Derby by 4 ½ lengths Feb. 18 at Santa Anita. A $600,000 2-year-old purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds, Galilean won the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes Sept. 22 at Los Alamitos in his career debut.
“He's a very good prospect for us going on,” Hollendorfer said. “We particularly like the last race that he had. We thought that he ran a very good race.”
The California Cup was 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the Rebel.
Gunmetal Gray, also co-owned by West Point, was a one-length winner of the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) Jan. 5 at Santa Anita. Runner-up Sueno returned to finish a strong second in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18, Oaklawn's second Kentucky Derby points race.
“I haven't looked at the race and won't for a day or so,” Hollendorfer said of the Rebel. “I'll try to figure out where all the speed is and talk with my rider and see if we can make a basic plan to run the race and see if it works out.”
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