Rebel Stakes

Never Slowing Down: 58-Year-Old Court Going ‘The Extra Length’ At Oaklawn

His mind is on the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in May. Jockey Jon Court is reunited with Gray Attempt in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn and is scheduled to pilot Long Range Toddy in the Kentucky Derby May 4 at Churchill Downs. Court, 58, has already won stakes races […]

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‘Ageless’ Jon Court Hopes For Continued Success With Horton’s Long Range Toddy

The Rebel was actually a rebel-lion last month at Oaklawn, with experience trumping youth in both divisions of the $750,000 Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds March 16. The winner of the first division was Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton, 78, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, 53, and ridden by Jon Court, […]

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Both Rebel Winners, Improbable Expected For Arkansas Derby

The Oaklawn racing department is expecting between 10 and 12 runners for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), including winners of the split final major local prep, the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16. Post positions for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) will be drawn at noon Wednesday in a public event to be […]

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Rider Changes: Jose Ortiz Picks Up Improbable, Instagrand To Be Piloted By Prat

A pair of Kentucky Derby hopefuls will be piloted by new jockeys in their next starts, reports drf.com. Improbable, most recently a narrow second in the G2 Rebel under Drayden Van Dyke, will now be ridden by Jose Ortiz. The Bob Baffert trainee is expected to make his next start in the G1 Arkansas Derby on […]

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Gray Attempt Back On Arkansas Derby Trail With Sprint Victory

Now that Gray Attempt’s hind-end problems appear behind him, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning that he’s looking ahead to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn. Gray Attempt is back on the Arkansas Derby trail following a front-running 3 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon. […]

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Oaklawn Park: Rebel Stakes Day Sets New All-Time Handle Record

Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, total money wagered on Oaklawn’s races was $16,221,639.11, eclipsing the […]

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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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