After the son of Violence worked a half mile Monday in 49.40 seconds at Fair Grounds, trainer Tom Amoss said connections selected the March 14 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park for No Parole’s move to open company.
No Parole cruised going a mile most recently in the Feb. 8 Premier Night Prince Stakes at Delta Downs. The Rebel will stretch him to 1 1 1/16 miles, while the March 21 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds measures a longer 1 3/16 miles.
“That’s a little bit more than what we’d want to do,” Amoss said of the latter option.
Since the Premier Night Prince, owner Maggi Moss has welcomed Greg Tramontin as a partner in campaigning this colt, who breezed through wins in state-bred maiden special weight and allowance ranks by a combined 27 1/2 lengths to open his career.
That's not bad for a $75,000 yearling purchase.
“He has a really good, smooth stride and covers a lot of ground without being asked,” Amoss said after Monday’s drill. “We got to see that today. He’s on his game.”
Off a pair of six-furlong starts at Fair Grounds, Amoss stepped No Parole up in distance last time. Next comes a class test in a Derby prep that pays out qualifying points on a 50-20-10-5 basis to its top-four finishers.
“Anytime there’s development of a horse, there’s questions as you work your way forward,” Amoss said. “The big one to be answered here is, what do we have outside of Louisiana-breds?
“I think this race is going to be a really big jump in talent. I won’t get my hopes up until after this.”
Among the Rebel’s anticipated headliners are Southwest Stakes (G3) hero Silver Prospector and Nadal, a hype horse from the Bob Baffert barn who’s 2-for-2 after winning the San Vicente (G2) out west. Should No Parole succeed, he’d have time enough for a final Derby prep with the Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 11, also at Oaklawn.