Rebel Stakes

It’s Official: Rebel Divided, 19 Horses Entered For Both Divisions, Including Game Winner And Improbable

As expected, one of Oaklawn’s signature races for 3-year-olds was divided into two divisions after 19 horses were entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. The split means the Rebel, originally a $1 million race, will be worth […]

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Oaklawn Announces Third Purse Increase Of The 2019 Season

On the day Oaklawn made racing history by splitting the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two divisions, the track also announced its adding $1 million to the overnight purses for the third increase of the 2019 live season. Retroactive to the Thursday, March 14 card, purses for open allowance races will be $95,000, an […]

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‘Showdown Time At Hot Springs’: Media Poll Expects Big Changes After Rebel Stakes

SportsLine’s Jody Demling says he “wasn’t wowed” by what he saw in last weekend’s preps. But Demling — as with most other 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll voters — is expecting high impact from Saturday’s Rebel Stakes (G2) featuring top-ranked Game Winner and Improbable. While un-raced so far at age 3, the Bob Baffert trainees continued to lead Monday’s new […]

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Improbable, Game Winner Co-Second Choice In Third Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Eight weeks in advance of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 9-2 favorite in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s unbeaten duo of Improbable and champion Game Winner finished as co-second […]

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Baffert Confirms Game Winner, Improbable For Oaklawn’s Rebel

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won the Rebel Stakes a record six times, all since 2010. Baffert will have a chance to add to that total with unbeaten champion Game Winner and unbeaten Improbable ticketed for Saturday’s $1 million Grade 2 race at Oaklawn, the final major local prep for the $1 million […]

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‘Best For The Horse’: Stakes Winner Frosted Ice Delaying 2019 Debut

After conferring with breeder/owner Catherine Adams Hutt, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning that Frosted Ice will not make his 3-year-old debut in the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 at Oaklawn. Frosted Ice worked a half-mile in :48.60 Friday morning – his third published work this year at Oaklawn – but Moquett said […]

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Oaklawn: Rebel Could Be Split To Help California Horsemen With Derby Hopefuls

In an unprecedented move, the Oaklawn Jockey Club announced today that it stands ready to split the $1 million Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 16. The announcement came just hours after Santa Anita racetrack in California announced it is suspending racing indefinitely due to poor weather and track conditions. The Santa Anita suspension has the […]

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Rebel Shippers: Prat To Ride Galilean Over Maiden Winner Omaha Beach

Jockey agent Derek Lawson told drf.com that Flavien Prat has elected to ride stakes-winner Galilean in the March 16 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, rather than talented maiden winner Omaha Beach. Both sophomores plan to ship to Arkansas from their Southern California bases, hoping to return home with the winner’s share of 50 points on the Road […]

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Super Steed, Gray Attempt Both Targeting Rebel After Bookend Finishes In Southwest

Super Steed and Gray Attempt returned to the track Sunday morning for the first time since finishing first and 11th, respectively, in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. Trainer Larry Jones said before training hours that Super Steed “would just stretch his legs a little bit” as he begins preparations for […]

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Pletcher ‘Won’t Rule Anything Out’ With Sharp Oaklawn Maiden Winner Intrepid Heart

Todd Pletcher shipped four horses to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., last week, with the most intriguing being one that had never started. Triple Crown nominee Intrepid Heart didn’t let the trainer down, rolling to a 7 3/4-length victory in Monday’s third race under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. Intrepid Heart races for […]

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