Rebel Stakes

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 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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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, 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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