Rebel Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Ageless’ Jon Court Riding A Rebel High

A conversation with veteran jockey Jon Court is full of joy and laughter – he’s just that kind of guy. On Tuesday, the thrill-seeking 58-year-old answered the phone in the middle of a bicycle ride up and down the hills of Hot Springs, Ark., and never missed a breath while talking about his latest triumph […]

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Bloodlines: Rebel Winners Both ‘Take Charge’ Of Derby Opportunity

Few mares are good enough to win the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, which has been one of the nation’s premier races for decades, and those who can win it twice are extra special. Since Bornastar won the second and third runnings of the race in 1957-58, only three other mares have won a pair of […]

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Game Winner Still Leads NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Despite suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Omaha Beach this past weekend, reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner still retained the No. 1 spot on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. In his first start since capturing the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November 2, Game […]

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Jon Court’s Picture-Perfect Rebel Ride Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a surprise win in the first split of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, Jon Court was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 11-17, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Rebel Shakeup Puts War Of Will On Top

A pair of undefeated colts suffered their first losses in Saturday’s dual editions of the G2 Rebel Stakes, and while neither Game Winner nor Improbable was defeated by more than a neck in their first start of 2019, I decided to give top ranking to a different Kentucky Derby contender. War of Will has done […]

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Baffert Update: Game Winner To Santa Anita Derby, Improbable To Arkansas Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with the runs of his previously undefeated sophomore colts at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, as each lost a division of the G2 Rebel Stakes by a neck or less. According to drf.com, juvenile champion Game Winner (Candy Ride) will return home to Santa Anita Park and be pointed for the April […]

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Long Range Toddy Will Aim For Arkansas Derby; Omaha Beach To ‘Play It By Ear’

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach emerged in good order from his nose victory in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles and will be flown back to his Southern California base Tuesday, the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella, said in a text message Sunday morning. Whether Omaha […]

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Omaha Beach Turns Back Champion Game Winner In Second Rebel

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach took command at the head of the stretch and was all-out in the final 100 yards to fend off champion Game Winner, capturing Saturday’s second division of the G2 Rebel by a nose on the wire. The 3-year-old son of War Front, ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Richard Mandella, […]

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Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Willis Horton’s homebred Long Range Toddy rebounded from a troubled third-place finish in the G3 Southwest to defeat 2-5 favorite Improbable by a half-length in this Saturday’s first division of the Rebel Stakes. Ridden by veteran Jon Court for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy ran 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s […]

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Weekend Lineup: Rebel Double

This weekend’s slate of racing sees Oaklawn Park take center stage in hosting two divisions of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes as well as a salty edition of the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Live television coverage of both editions of the Rebel will anchor a 2 1/2-hour broadcast of “Fox Sports Saturday At the Races […]

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