Rebel Stakes

Baffert: If I can just get them to split the Rebel…

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano swept both divisions of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes, the first of three major Derby preps hosted at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, AR. With over 20 entries into this year’s Southwest, the race was split into two divisions, the first won by Castaway (Street Sense) in an impressive […]

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Oaklawn increases Rebel Stakes purse by $200,000

Press Release A $200,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (G2) and a condensed four-day, nine stakes Racing Festival of the South highlight Oaklawn Park’s 2012 live racing season, which kicks off Friday, Jan. 13. In total, there will be 34 stakes races worth nearly $5.2  million during the season, beginning with the $75,000 Fifth Season […]

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The Factor wires, crushes Rebel Stakes field

The Factor put on a visually impressive performance Saturday, going gate to wire and pulling away in the stretch, to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Under Martin Garcia, the Factor shook off a stretch bid by longshot Caleb’s Posse and drew clear for a five-length victory in 1:42.19 for 1 […]

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Elite Alex scratches from Rebel; LA Derby instead

Trainer Tim Ritchey said Elite Alex would be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.  Instead, Elite Alex will point to the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby a week from Saturday at Fair Grounds. “There we got a mile and an eighth, which should suit him better, a lot longer […]

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TCI: A perfect day for Repole

The Triple Crown Insider guys discuss last week’s races including Uncle Mo in the Timely Writer, Premier Pegasus’ impressive run and Brethren’s disappointing Tampa Bay Derby as well as looking forward to the Rebel Stakes. But the WinStar Dream Big moment is the highlight of the show with Mike Repole discussing his short yet highly […]

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J P’s Gusto waiting in wings for fast-paced Rebel

With speedsters like The Factor entered into this weekend’s Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, the connections for J P’s Gusto feel pretty good about their chances this weekend. “He’s got a pretty good turn of foot, that’s for sure,” trainer Joe Petalino said of J P’s Gusto. “But he can also come from off of it.

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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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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Revving Up for the Rebel

It’s always something of a relief to see a good horse that carries high expectations meet or exceed what people hope to see when he steps onto the racetrack. Those who do so on a regular basis are the ones who have the opportunity to achieve greatness. They are rare performers, something to be savored. […]

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JP’s Gusto puts in sharp drill for Rebel

Kentucky Derby hopeful JP’s Gusto drilled a five-furlong bullet in :59 2/5 Sunday morning at Oaklawn Park.  Trainer Joe Petalino said the colt had been doing things too easily of late. “We were looking for something a little sharper,” said Petalino.  “That’s what he needs because the water is getting a little deeper now.” Ramon […]

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