Malagacy – is growing up quickly for Todd Pletcher with a big victory in today’s GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn!
Malagacy, sat a nice stalking trip just off the early pace setter Uncontested, in the early frames of this race, then snatched the lead at the top of the stretch to roll home to a 2 lengths victory in the 2017 GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Sonneteer, at 99/1, Untrapped and Petrov were all only noses apart at the line in a photo for 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively!
Malagacy, takes home over a half $million for the the win along with 50 Derby Points that were up for grabs in this race giving him a berth into the 2017 GI Kentucky Derby on May 6th at Churchill Downs. Todd Pletcher now has a pair of 3yos who are Derby bound as Tapwrit won the GII Tampa Bay Derby for the Pletcher barn last week.
Tapwrit, did as he has done before here in the GIII Sam Davis as he sat back early on letting the early speed burners like State of Honor, lead the way early on but upon entering the far turn Tapwrit, started threading his way thru his tiring running mates then went around a tired front runner in State of Honor, to roll home to a convincing 4 1/2 lengths win in today’s GII Tampa Bay Derby .
Bob Baffert knew just what was doing when he sent this prize 3yo pupil out to the front early as Masteryheld that lead every inch of the way while turning away the speedy Iliad at the top of stretch to go onto a commanding 6 3/4 lengths win in a gearing down 1:42.28 winning time!
Gunnevera, who was sitting dead last halfway down the back stretch did what any son good of Dialed In would do over this Gulfstream main track as he rallied up quickly 4 wide on the far turn to snag a lead near the top of stretch then rolled home to 5 3/4 lengths and widening win over Practical Jokeand the front-runningThree Rules, who were just heads apart for 2nd and 3rd respectively with Talk Logistics, filling out today’s super for you!
The 2/5 post time favorite in Irish War Cry, could do no better than a very distance 7th finish in this important 2017 Kentucky Derby prep race.
Gunnevera, now with 64 Kentucky Derby Points is the new king of the Derby Points leaderboard this week and gains a May 6th berth into this season’s GI Kentucky Derby off this impressive win.