2012 GI Arkansas Derby | Probables

The 2012 GI Arkansas Derby is Saturday, April 14th here at Oaklawn Park!

The GI Arkansas Derby is the final GI Derby Prep on this year’s Derby Trail with a Derby berth and a $1,000,000 purse up for grabs.

Free Past Performances,

So its little wonder that such a large field is starting to form up for this Oaklawn Park 3yo finale on Saturday, April the 14th!

Probables,

Bob Baffert’s pair in Bodemeister and Secret Circle look like locks for this field.

Steve Asmussen will give Sabercat a derby warm up here!

D. Wayne Lukas returns Optimizer to the Oaklawn main after a surprisingly good run in the GII Rebel Stakes here last out.

A repeat performance like his one in the Rebel Stakes just might send D. Wayne and Optimizer off the to Louisville for some “Early Times” refreshments!

Doug O’Neill’s, Handsome Mike will get one more try at a Derby Berth here too!

Jake Mo and Najjaar return for another run on the Oaklawn main looking for more Derby GSE.

Update – 4/5/12,

Isn’t He Clever and Heavy Breathing are now Probables!

On Fire Baby is headed towards a Kentucky Oaks start!

Leaving Scatman and Todd Pletcher’s Stat still swimming in the undecided pool!

So with this potential field of top 3yo’s, Oaklawn Park may have the best 3yo field yet assembled for any Derby Trail contest of 2012 and befitting the final GI Derby Trail event of the 2012 season.

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Secret Circle holds on for GII Rebel Stakes win | Results and Replay

Secret Circle holding on to win today's $500,000 GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park!

Well, if it’s GII Rebel Stakes time at Oaklawn Park then it must be Bob Baffert time again as again “Sir Bob” sent out his prize 3yo B/C Juvy Sprint champ in Secret Circle for a 2nd appearance here at Oaklawn Park and came away with a 3/4 length win in today’s $500,000, GII Rebel Stakes, covering the 1 1/16 mile in 1:44.3 over a “fast” Oaklawn main!

“Full Chart”,   (Video)

Coming a heart-pounding and rapidly closing 2nd was everyone’s favorite 3yo doormat in Optimizer who would have won this race in just several more strides. 3rd went to a too quick on the draw again Scatman back 1 1/2 length more with Jake Mo back another 1 1/2 length to round out the super for you here today.

Also ran were: Cyber Secret, Najjaar, Adirondack King, Sabercat,  Pee H Dee,  Reckless Jerry, Atigun, Unbridled’s Note as Ring Me Up was an early scratch!

We’ll have more say about this contest when we do our Derby Trail Diary posting on Monday but for now, Uncle Bob should enjoy his GII Rebel Stakes victory quickly as his prized 3yo in Secret Circle hit the wall in deep stretch here today.

We don’t think Secret Circle will want any part of a 1 1/8 mile, GI contest anytime soon, but with already over $400k in Kentucky Derby Graded Stakes earnings a derby berth for him may already be all locked up anyway!

Oh and look for Optimzer next time out as his finish here today in this GII Rebel Stakes is what a winning Derby finish should look like, a Bat out of Hell, take no prisoners, bones-breaking stretch drive that will bring the “Churchill Faithful” to their collective feet and it is the first time this old handicapper has seen that Animal Kingdom like move from any 3yo this Derby Trail season!

2012 GII Rebel Stakes | Posts, Picks, PP’s, M/L Odds

the 2012 GII Rebel Stakes is this Saturday at Oaklawn Park!

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!

Free Past Performances,

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!

2012 GII Rebel Stakes | Probables

Probables for the 2012 GII Rebel Stakes

“Update” – click “here” to see our Picks, Posts, PP’s, M/L Odds posting for Saturday’s Big GII Rebel Stakes!

On March 17th, Oaklawn Park will present the 2nd of its 3 derby trail tests in the $500,000, GII Rebel Stakes, for 3yo’s only, being tested at 1 1/16 mile.

Free Past Performances

Already a field that might fill all 14-gates is beginning to coalesce as some of the top names on the 2012 derby trail are mulling a run here!

The Bob Baffert twins in Secret Circle and Castaway, the co-winners of the GIII Southwest Stakes look to be on board.

Scatman, who gave Secret Circle just all kinds trouble in their half of the GIII Southwest Stakes is on our list!

Steve Asmussen’s derby hopeful in Sabercat, the Delta Downs Jackpot winner is coming out of winter mothballs for his first start of 2012 and about time too!

Gemologist, another of Todd’s clutch of 3yo pupils may awaken here from a long winter’s nap after closing his 2yo season with a win in the Kentucky Jockey Club test last fall at Churchill.

This is a pretty tough spot for a first out of 2012 for both Sabercat and Gemologist!

Other names getting some buzz here are,

Cyber Secret, Jake Mo, Reckless Jerry, Adirondack King, Pee H Dee, Najjaar, Majestic Stride, Dance With Monarch, Sir Bond and Unbridled’s Note!

We’d expect a lot of changes to this field before the “call to the post” here this Saturday, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you up on this important derby trail happening!