Rebel Stakes

Sonneteer Earns Black Type In Opening Day Fifth Season Stakes

Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, who almost stole the show in the 2017 Rebel Stakes at odds of 112-1, reaffirmed his affinity for Oaklawn by finally earning his first stakes win in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes before an opening day crowd of 13,500. Breaking from post 10, Sonneteer raced near the back of the field early […]

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American Pharoah Statue To Be Unveiled At Oaklawn Park On Jan. 11

As a lasting tribute to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, who began his historic campaign at Oaklawn, the track will unveil a life-size bronze statue of American Pharoah Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Oaklawn opens for its 114th live racing season Jan. 12 with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. Zayat Stables LLC.’s American Pharoah, trained by Hall […]

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Arkansas Derby: Maiden Sonneteer’s ‘Muscles Are Growing Up To His Bones’

Calumet Farm’s Rebel runner-up Sonneteer galloped and schooled in the starting gate Friday morning and was scheduled to school between races in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn under the supervision of assistant trainer Julie Clark.  Sonneteer is winless in nine starts, with four seconds and two thirds, but has earned $234,445. After being ridden in […]

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Pletcher: Malagacy’s ‘Lazy Side’ May Help Him Handle Arkansas Derby Distance

Malagacy hasn’t always been seen as a contender for the Kentucky Derby, though he’ll likely be one of the favorites in this Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. In fact, the first time trainer Todd Pletcher entered the son of Shackleford was in a $75,000 maiden claiming race. “Part of the reason why we […]

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Arkansas Derby: ‘Handful’ Silver Dust Demonstrates His Naughty Side At Oaklawn

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust had an eventful morning of training at Oaklawn Park on Tuesday, dropping his exercise rider on the backstretch and losing his bridle, though he was quickly corralled by that rider and a pony person. The sophomore son of Tapit, to be entered in Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby, rejoined his rider and […]

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Non-Derby Wagering Record Set On Rebel Day; Oaklawn Handled $10.7 Million

Total pari-mutuel wagering handle on Saturday’s races at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, Bobby Geiger, the track’s director of gaming and wagering, said Thursday morning. Oaklawn handled $10,752,313.15 –  $8,544,041.15 was bet off track – on the 11-race card that featured three stakes, including the $900,000 Rebel (G2), a […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Uncontested Off Derby Trail, To Be Aimed At Shorter Races

Uncontested will target shorter races after fading in the final quarter-mile to finish eighth in Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Wayne Catalano said Sunday morning. Following a record-setting wire-to-wire victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes, the son of Tiz Wonderful finished sixth as the Southwest favorite after surrendering the lead turning for […]

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Rebel-Placed Sophomores Sonneteer, Untrapped Have Connections Considering Arkansas Derby

Calumet Farm’s homebred Sonneteer made his 9th start in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes as a maiden and still didn’t graduate. But, he came awfully close, missing by only 2 lengths to Malagacy as the 112-1 longest shot in the field of 11. The almost black son of champion Sprinter Midnight Lute got shuffled back at the start and […]

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Malagacy ‘Just Great’ After Rebel Win, Pointed To Arkansas Derby

U.S. Sumaya Stable’s undefeated Malagacy was doing great the morning after his mild upset in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) on Saturday as he was walked around the barn before boarding an afternoon flight back to trainer Todd Pletcher’s South Florida base at Palm Beach Downs. “He came out of his race just great,” said […]

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Pletcher Scores Again At Oaklawn: Malagacy Announces His Presence In The Rebel

Trainer Todd Pletcher shipped One Liner up to Oaklawn Park to win the G3 Southwest Stakes in February, and in March the conditioner was again successful with a lightly raced colt as Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy found his way to the wire first in this Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes. A sophomore son of Shackleford, the […]

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