Hoppertunity, and Tapiture, put on a bumpy and sloppy outside stretch duel show for the Oaklawn faithful over a very muddy main today as the inquiry sign came out fast for the finish of the $600,000, GII Rebel Stakes, for 3YO and up, at 1 1/16 mile (dirt) as this pair was bumping, pushing and sliding all over the stretch here today!
The Stewards however, let this one stand as is, so Hoppertunity, did walk off with the 1/2 length win and those all important “50” Kentucky Derby Points, too!
Tapiture, was 2nd back that 1/2 length being out kicked after that bumpy stretch run, Ride On Curlin, was a good 3rd here after sparring with Strong Mandate,(who filled out today’s super back 1 1/2 length further) for the early lead was back another 1/2 length at the line!
Payouts and Winning Time,
|Age Restriction: Three Year Old|
|Distance: One And One Sixteenth Miles On The Dirt|
|Track Condition: Wet Fast|
|Winning Time: 1:43.90|
|5.||Hoppertunity||Mike E. Smith||14.20||5.80||4.20|
|3.||Tapiture||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||3.80||2.60|
|2.||Ride On Curlin||Kent J. Desormeaux||4.60|
|Also ran were: 4. – Strong Mandate , 6. – Sheltowee’s Boy , 7. – Street Strategy , 8 – Kobe’s Back , 1. – Jet Cat|