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2014 Rebel Stakes (G2)

3/15/2014, Oaklawn Park
1 1/16 m (Dirt)
3 M

What the Nation is saying about the 2014 Rebel Stakes (G2)...

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  • Sullivan · Results are up :) Congrats to AnnaK for her two point lead over jet fast delivery and triple_double! https://sites.google.com/site/hrnderby/rankings · 35 days ago ·
  • CauseForConcern · Sully, a belated congrats for your inclusion into last week's Trifecta Club. Didn't realize you had also aced the race. · 35 days ago ·
Here's my take on a rough running of the Rebel at Oaklawn Park and what to expect in the future.Read More
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  • tmallios1 · Although i do not think they do have much of a chance to win,i consider Top tier 1 horses ,those who have run fast races to date. Not those who won races and are competetive. In my opinion,California Chrome to date is Head and Shoulders above his rivals. The only other horses to have run fast races worthy of eing considered Elite Horses. Cairo, Samraat and Uncle Sigh. I will not put In Trouble in that grouping ,although he ran even with 2 of the horses i mentioned. The reason being that he took advantage of a super fast rail the day he ran,similar to ROC. If Chrome or any of the other 3 i mentioned do not win,then it is a crap shoot. At that stage any of the other 16 horses in the field will have as good as shot as any to win it.They are all grouped in the same category. To date and based on overall speed and dominance,Chrome and Cairo are the only 2 tier 1 horses. I do not like Cairo,has nothing to do with Breeding or lack of. I do not think he is a healthy horse. Like i said about Shared Belief and Honor Code before the long winding rehab processes. Once they start missing so much crucial time,it takes longer than 3 to 4 months to re oop. Bottom line Buds,if Chrome loses then anyone of the others can win. At that point i really could care less about who wins the race.You see ,that result will mean that i am ripping tickets. That would be my only concern. · 36 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Buzz at this stage Smitty is locked in to his mounts. Hes' got Todd at FG and the Hopper at Oak. Luckily for him,the SA Derby falls on a different date,so he can pick up a mount there.I learned one thing as to how to judge jocks. Look at who they stick on and who they jump off in the top tier category. Last year Oxbow ran 2 terrible races for Stevens,yet he stayed on the horse and was rewarded. Mike Smith with Palace Malace,after a pathetic Derby effort he stayed on and was rewarded. If you see the great ones stick after sub par efforts. hey saw something in the horse. Little thing called talent. Most jocks will tell you if a horse has it or not off of a quarter mile sprint. · 36 days ago ·
With four horses coming together at the eighth pole, it promised to be an exciting finish to this afternoon’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes. Read More
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  • Jay S. · IMO, Ride On Curlin should've been DQ · 38 days ago ·
  • Mimi Hxx · Looks like they were playing bumper cars. The replay doesn't go back far enough. When Tapiture pushed through there was a few yard where Hoppertunity moved out and everybody had enough room. Then came the squeeze play where both ends come in - Strong Mandate ended getting squeezed back. I think the stewards made the only call they could unless they wanted to DC all 4 of them. I don't think it was 'great' riding by any of them. · 36 days ago ·
Hoppertunity-100 Tapiture-99 Ride On Curlin-98 Strong Mandate-96 all good beyers so there is hope
Tapiture was by far the best in this race but the jock had him pinned in with no where to go and Smith kept him in as long as he could. That's a race riding Jock! Golden rule in racing ....If you have the best horse you keep him in the clear! Asmussen needs a jockey change if he wants the Derby.
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  • tmallios1 · Then why was your original premise of this conversation ,that the Blinkered one and The Hopper should of come down. Sounds like we are doing a bit of a Michael Jackson Moonwalk and backtracking the words. I just went back and saw the replay,and to show you how stupid the Stewards are that you agreed with. They flashed the 1rst,2nd and 4th place finishers. The horse that initiated the bumping was the #4. Why on earth would they flash his number. Were they going to disqualify him for the hell of it and put him last. The 2 horses he fouled finished ahead of him. Give it up Vic and go for a new proffession at the track. · 37 days ago ·
  • indiancharlierules · Borel gets on tapiture next. Good luck with this horse getting a mile and a quarter in may, no chance. · 37 days ago ·
So there I was...we decided as soon as they crossed the wire for the Razorback that we would head to the paddock and get a good spot to see the Rebel entries, and we did. I was pretty soaked from standing close to the finish line all day. So I'm studiously studying my form when I realize the guy standing next to me on the fence in the paddock is Jack Van Berg. People started to realize he was there, and some horse owner-types stopped and talked to him for a minute. A few of the folks started to introduce themselves to him, and he was incredibly gracious to everyone. A man brought his young teenage daughter up to meet him and Mr. Van Berg took off his hat and shook her hand and said he was very glad to meet her and asked her a couple of questions. After the horses left the paddock I said to him, "Mr, Van Berg, I want you to know that I sure loved your horse Gate Dancer." He said, "Yeah, he was a great one." I told him that pretty-much every time I watch the '84 BCC I get a little wattery-eyed. He said that race was the toughest to take, a elaborated a little. Then I thanked him for talking to me.
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  • striped mentality · Yeah lol, it was a very exciting stretch run though. · 38 days ago ·
  • Jay S. · Well, not if you invested in Kobe's Back. :) Yes, it was great. I felt Strong Mandate should've been placed 3rd with a DQ of Ride On Curlin. My wife had $5 to win on Hoppertunity, so she was enjoying it. Why Hoppertunity? Because her parents once had a dog named "Hoppy." :) · 38 days ago ·
Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Hoppertunity was doing well Sunday morning and preparing to board a plane back to Southern California where a final decision will be made in the coming weeks about the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 12. Trainer Bob Baffert said he won’t know until closer to the race if...Read More
In a race that already includes Strong Mandate, my current top pick for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, not to mention last-out rompers, Tapiture and Kobe’s Back, you would think I might shy away from looking for a longer shot in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Not so. I actually see an opportunity to mak...Read More
Eight three-year-olds will go head-to-head in today's Rebel Stakes. The morning line favorite, Tapiture, is the one to beat.Read More
A colt from Boston fills in for one of the Florida Fillies this week as Ashley Tamulonis is joined by Mike B. in handicapping the Rebel at Oaklawn Park. Read More
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  • hotgrowth · No Derby winners in this crowd. · 40 days ago ·
  • amdaman · It's so hard to discard Tapiture, but if he's going to throw a clinker sometime, the conditions may be ripe today. So I'll go with Kobe's Back, Strong Mandate, Sheltowee's Boy, and Hoppertunity. It should be a very nice trifecta and superfecta. · 39 days ago ·
Ninety-five (95) three-year-olds were nominated for the 54th running of the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park. Yet only eight (8) will head postward on Saturday, traveling the 1 1/16 miles over the dirt oval vying for precious 2014 Kentucky Derby points. Fifty (50) points to the winner with...Read More
Ride on Curlin, who will line up in the gate for Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), is taking trainer William Gowan on the ride of his life.Read More
Southern California-based trainer John Sadler is not quite the frequent visitor to Oaklawn as fellow California trainer Bob Baffert, but when he does send a horse, they should be respected. He won the 2010 Arkansas Derby (G1) with 17-1 longshot Line of David and the following year he finished second...Read More
Nathan you asked me how Gov Charlie looked on speed figs in the land of Governor Clinton. Let me just say,i would not bet him if you guaranteed the investment. Not that fast of a horse. Boots and ears on the ground are telling me that Called to Serve is absolutely primed and ready to answer the call. Our Cajun dissapointment Hoppertunity almost looks to good in the Rebel. Gets extra full endorsement from Blaffs. With 2014 Eclipse winner Close Hatches starting the Parade. Cold All Stakes Pick 3.Do not know if you saw Aq. race 7 yesterday,that was our alternative distance race. Does not matter. Pal Rudolfo won both legs. VYJACK is having his final prep work tommorrow. Sunday will be in Rudys barn at The Sleezy. Hope he does not visit the restrooms. Now the serious training will begin. Hopefully the racing Secretary does for us what BFF PJ Campo did for Shug in Fla.
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  • buzzcat859 · We will get a better payday(if he wins) than u might think Florida F. They will bet Kobes Back@Lukas-rosario · 41 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · Good point, buzzcat. I'm thinking Strong Mandate will take a lot of money, too. · 41 days ago ·
D. Wayne Lukas has won more Triple Crown races (14) than anyone else, so the Hall of Fame trainer has a pretty good eye when it comes to sizing up the competition among top quality three-year-olds. Might there be a horse he considers a threat to Strong Mandate in Saturday’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2...Read More
Trainer Steve Asmussen, newly-named as a finalist for the 2014 class in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, was at Oaklawn Park on Friday morning to supervise final preparations for his charges competing in tomorrow’s three graded stakes as well as three ...Read More
Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture and runner-up Strong Mandate renew their rivalry Saturday in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes.Read More
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  • oldgreymare · Tapiture...sticking with him! · 41 days ago ·
  • buzzcat859 · Ive always loved Pimpeernal since his 1st race. His Mother was a Stone Runner(Xtra Heat) I remember betting on her man she was NEAT · 41 days ago ·
Tapiture's the Best bet
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  • Sully · Best bets are Hoppertunity & Ride on Curlin! · 41 days ago ·
  • buzzcat859 · im sticking with tapiture since he toyed with the field last time being green · 41 days ago ·
Honor Code, no longer Rebel bound, makes his 3yo debut on Wednesday as Shug McGaughey's one top Kentucky Derby candidate still standing.Read More
You know it’s getting close to spring in Hot Springs when Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sends in a talented 3-year-old for one of Oaklawn’s rich prep races and this year he has sent Hoppertunity for Saturday’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). Baffert will be seeking his fourth Rebel victory after thre...Read More

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