This Saturday at Oaklawn Park they will run the 2nd of their 3 big derby trail tests in the GII Rebel Stakes, going 1 1/16 mile, for an upgraded purse here in 2012 of $500,000!
A full field of 13-top 3yo’s was drawn for this Arkansas Derby prep as that race is scheduled for Apr. 14th!
Headlining this GII tussle is Sabercat , with a first out since winning the GIII Delta Downs Jackpot tilt last Dec. where Sabercat took home the winner’s share of that Million dollar purse that put him the slow boat to the Derby Trail this year.
Making a first out in a $500,000 GII 3yo test wouldn’t be our first thought for a 2012 debut and that Delta Downs Jackpot win wasn’t a very speedy affair at 1:46.62 either!
So Sabercat has been idle for 3 months now so the winter is still on his bones and he’ll has shake it off fast on Saturday because he’ll be the target horse in here!
The Bob Baffert’s Secret Circle the co-winners of the GIII Southwest Stakes last month is back and stretching out the extra 1/16 here on Saturday! It shouldn’t be any problem for him as his pedigree shows! Baffert must have plans for his other GIII Southwest winner Castaway as he has been redirected elsewhere!
Scatman, who gave Secret Circle so much trouble in their half of the Southwest Stakes last month is also coming back after fading just a bit in the shadow of the line here last month that allowed Secret Circle the win. Scatman only needs to grow a wee bit more off that lose to be in the mix here again on Saturday!
Oh and if you are looking for Gemologist here, well Uncle Todd will run him instead in a Friday allowance down at the friendlier confines of Gulfstream against Currency Swap!
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So here is the field for the 2012 GII Rebel Stakes with a pot of $500,000 up for grabs!
By Posts, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, M/L Odds,
1. Ring It Up, L Wade, 115, C Richard – 20/1 an early scr
1a. Pee H Dee, I Ocampo, 117, C Richard – 20/1
2. Unbridled’s Note, C Hill, 115, S M Asmussen – 20/1
3. Scatman, L S Quinonez, 117, M E Lauer – 8/1
4. Cyber Secret, R Albarado, 117, L S Whiting – 15/1
5. Optimizer, J K Court, 115, D W Lukas – 30/1
6. Jake Mo, M C Berry, 117, A Milligan – 20/1
7. Sabercat, C S Nakatani, 119, S M Asmussen – 5/1
8. Secret Circle, R Bejarano, 122, B Baffert – 9/5
9. Atigun ,T J Thompson, 117, K G McPeek – 12/1
10. Reckless Jerry, J Rocco Jr., 115, K P Smith – 12/1
11 Najjaar, C H Borel, 117, D C Peitz – 6/1
12. Adirondack King, S Elliott, 117, J C Servis – 6/1
Post time is 5:48 pm CDT!
Picks are – 3,8,7,12 or 11 bx’d exacta with the 10,4,9 mixed in to your super play!
So a big field, with a big purse is coming this Saturday in the lone Derby Trail outing of the weekend in the $500,000, GII Rebel Stakes where the winner probably locks-up another 2012 Kentucky Derby berth on the first Saturday in May!