It has been confirmed that Oaklawn Park will host the $900,000 G2 Rebel Stakes to take place on Saturday. Eleven likely contenders are expected to race against each other in this 1-1/16 two turn competition. Next to the purse, the winner will also qualify for 50 Kentucky Derby points.
Graduates from the Rebel Stakes who have made it to the Kentucky Derby include American Pharoah, Sunny’s Halo and Smarty Jones.
According to experts, several horses stand the highest chance of success. Among them are Uncontested with jockey Channing Hill and Petrov with Jose Ortiz. Todd Pletcher’s Malagacy also features in the scheme. Malagacy has remained undefeated in two starts, triumphing by 15 and 7 lengths and maintaining handsome speed figures.
The Oaklawn Park dirt course has so far elicited 20% winners going wire to wire in 1-1/16 mile races. The rail has been winning at a 9% clip in these competitions.