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2011 Rebel Stakes (G2)

3/19/2011, Oaklawn Park
Post Time:
5:31 PM ET
1 1/16 m (Dirt)
3 M

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Rebel Stakes (G2)...

Eric Kords, the man behind 12th Crown, previews the Road to the Roses via Arkansas and all things Oaklawn Park...Read More
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  • travel_vic · From an ESPN article: "At Oaklawn Park, there will never be a Cougar Day, a Mike vs. Chantal match race, or an advertising campaign featuring exotic dancers; there will never be night racing, or camel racing or ostrich racing. At Oaklawn Park, horses and racing matter. " · 905 days ago ·
  • 12thCrown · Not sure how many of you frequent Oaklawn, so while there won't be a "Cougar Day" per se, there are plenty of eligible ladies and dudes hanging around the second level sports bar. Seriously though, it's an extremely social place where people do care about the horses. · 901 days ago ·
Not seen since falling off the Triple Crown trail after a seventh place finish in the Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in April, The Factor returned to his preferred sprinting game ...Read More
I’ve already received several emails plotting strategy for Saturday’s big race, which usually leads to rewarding payoffs with the amount of money infused into the wagering pool from gamblers and social goers alike. "With the large, competitive fields that the Kentucky Derby draws and so many individ...Read More
  • MerrilyFantus · I love Arch+3. Also, do not discount Shakleford. He was busy looking at Dialed In and then decided to pass him. Unfortunaly the wire happened firs. · 1163 days ago ·
  • beentherebetthat · ArchArchArch reminds me of a Pony Express horse , he can run all day from state to state · 1163 days ago ·
And then there were just four. With confirmation today that both The Factor and J P’s Gusto won’t run, only four horses that have been based on the West Coast at some point in their career are left as contenders for the 20 spots available in the starting gate at Churchill Downs for this year’s Kentu...Read More
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  • mdoche · It will be interesting to see if Rosario would ride Anthony's Cross over Brilliant Speed. Baffert and Espinoza team up with Midnight Interlude in War Emblem style. Very interesting since Espinoza doesn't really ride for Baffert anymore. · 1170 days ago ·
  • 12thCrown · I though JP's Gusto would step up in the Rebel, but his distance limitations caught up with him. It was a shame to see Pegasus injured. · 1165 days ago ·
Sometimes there is nothing more dangerous than good old fashioned speed, and that is something The Factor has in abundance. Making every pole a winning one, The Factor, under rider Martin Garcia, powered to the lead within the first few strides and rolled to an easy six length score in today’s Rebel...Read More
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  • njtrader · I can see that the factor is on his way to becoming an underlay. · 1199 days ago ·
  • bobstaggs2010@yahoo.com · This Horse seems to me to have that added ingredient that will help him win the Derby....he loves to run.....I believe with Baffert's wisdom and experience he will have Factor ready.....Baffert is the best and Martin Garcia is an excellent hand rider and " find the hole " Rider... and knows when to make his move..... his only downside is he likes to play a little but after all he is still very young....he seems to get in front and tease the other Horses saying "Go ahead...catch me if you can...." Hopefully Martin can make him keep his minmd on his business · 1195 days ago ·
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? Borrowing the catchphrase of one of my favorite sportscasters, Warner Wolf, “Let’s go the videotape!”Read More
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  • railbird33 · Ann, you're dead on! The BC Juvenile isn't a good predictor of Derby success, in that one one- Street Sense has been successful in 25 previous champions. Also, although the last four Derby winners had two 3YO starts - that REALLY bucks history in that less than ten KY Derby winners have won on two 3 YO starts in 136 tries, and some really good horses: Point Given, Curlin, Afeet Alex, Lucking at Lucky weren't fit. I don't see a triple crown winner this year. Based on Uncle Mo's 89 Beyers in his only 3YO start- he'll have to be a super-improved horse in a twenty horse field at a mile & a quarter. I'm looking else-where. · 1203 days ago ·
  • tstoztr1 · Uncle Mo didn't break a sweat getting an 89 Beyer in the TW. Most of this year's Derby contenders are going all out to earn in the 90s. I think we'll see Mo run a low 100s in the Wood and Johnny V won't even use the whip. The key to winning the Derby is having your horse peak at the right time. I think Mo is a lock, just like Big Brown was. · 1200 days ago ·
Elite Alex, 3rd in the Southwest Stakes (G3), is expected to scratch from Oaklawn's Rebel (G2) in favor of the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds next Saturday. Calvin Borel will ride.Tim Ritchey's promising Afleet Alex colt, out of Unbridled mare Catch The Moment, broke his maiden at five furlong...Read More
  • Protagonist · I hope that he does Scratch out of the Rebel. Tim has a better chance in the Louisiana Derby , and I like this one he's even on my list in the Road tothe Roses contest. · 1208 days ago ·
Today's Derby contender works included a five furlong bullet from impressive Hutcheson hero Flashpoint. He is expected to go next in the 7f Swale with the Florida Derby a possibility. Read More
The deepest prep of the 2011 Kentucky Derby trail? No doubt about it … it’s Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. I have a lot of great friends down in Arkansas, and they have been raving for weeks about what a great field the Rebel would attract. I have been listening, and they were right. 13 th...Read More
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  • zatt · Thanks Jennifer! I wondered if someone would do this with the big purse and small field of the Louisiana Derby. Btw, I give your namesake a big shot in here · 1209 days ago ·
  • KyOaksRunner · Can't wait to see this one. I think The Factor will hold on longer than some think but probably not quite win. I like J P's Gusto and Sway Away for the win. If I look at the lineup too long I start questioning every choice I make...what a field! I love how strong the Rebel came up it's usually the prep for the Arkansas Derby but this year it's truly a prep for the Kentucky Derby. · 1209 days ago ·
Will The Factor be left alone on an easy lead and then hold off all late comers? Can Sway Away replicate that devastating late turn of foot? Read on to learn why the Rebel could end up being one of the top-rated preps to date.Read More
  • dubby30 · The Factor will fizzle if someone hooks him, if you let him go uncontested they could all be in trouble. · 1209 days ago ·
  • Cardly Knot · Alternation/Sway Away/J.Ps Gusto/Arch3 . Lukas and Baffert jets malfunction after 3/4mi. Arch3 comes out a star with win while carring 5-7lbs more, or Quinonez brothers end up aboard TOP 2 contenders this side of Oaklawn?!?! Go Alternation/Pre Peg! · 1209 days ago ·
Although the Rebel Stakes (gr. 3) has produced two Kentucky Derby winners in Smarty Jones (photo) in 2004 and Sunny’s Halo in 1983, it has also produced other memorable winners of Triple Crown races and several champion 3-year-olds.Read More
The Rebel is the only Kentucky Derby prep of the weekend but it's a full field which results in a good betting opportunity, and it has maybe the most intriguing Derby contender out there: The Factor. If The Factor can't carry his electrifying speed around two turns Bob Baffert will drop him back to ...Read More
Kentucky Derby contender  workouts for today (Thursday, March 17)  (with HRN Derby rankings):   Today's Derby contender works included a four furlong breeze from Delta Jackpot runner-up Decisive Moment. He suffered a slight soft tissue injury following a 5th place finish in the Risen...Read More
Kentucky Derby contender  workouts for today (Tuesday, March 15)  (with HRN Derby rankings):   Today's Derby contender works included a five furlong bullet from Machen. The Neil Howard charge has now worked three times since a disappointing 4th place finish in the Risen Star. He goes...Read More
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  • zatt · The Florida Derby looks to be coming up strong, THAS will need to have those screws all ratcheted up! · 1211 days ago ·
  • gardenesque1 · Just read on DRF that Garrett Gomez will ride To Honor And Serve in the Florida Derby. · 1211 days ago ·
This is shaping up into quite a race, and looks like a tough spot to call a stone cold winner. I love J.P's Gusto and Sway Away. The Factor is my favorite 3-year-old speedster, and Elite Alex is sitting on a big race. If Archarcharch, say that three times in a row, wins it, I wouldn't be a shocked.
You don't need stopwatches or tip sheets to tell how confident trainer Larry Jones feels after his stable stars worked earlier this week at Oaklawn Park. The important tool he was using Wednesday morning were hair clippers on his trusted pony Pal."We just got him back from his winter break and he ne...Read More
The best trainer no one's ever heard of sent his Kentucky Derby hopeful out for a breeze last Saturday morning at Oaklawn Park. "Don't write about me, write about the horse," he insisted. "That's the real story."It is early March at Oaklawn, little more than two weeks after the Grade 3 Southwest Sta...Read More
The Factor, who has won two starts at Santa Anita in electrifying fashion this winter, is being pointed for the $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 19, trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday. The Factor won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb. 20. Followin...Read More

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