NADAL
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(96) in San Vicente (G2) triumph
Total Earnings:
$153,000
Owner:
George Bolton et al’s
Breeder:
Sierra Farm
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Sire:
Blame
Dam:
Ascending Angel
Color:
Bay

Bob Baffert pupil is unbeaten from a pair of lifetime performances and draws inside for his local debut. The $700,000 juvenile purchase has trained in rapid fashion in preparation of his route bow, and the colt will run with blinkers off for the initial time. Kentucky-bred will be forwardly placed from the break with Joel Rosario in the stirrups. 

EXCESSION
Total 8 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
3
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden third at Churchill Downs
Total Earnings:
$88,612
Owner:
Calumet Farm
Breeder:
Randal Family Trust
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Tyler Baze
Sire:
Union Rags
Dam:
Draw It
Color:
Bay

Longshot is one of three in the cast from the Steve Asmussen barn. The $150,000 son of Union Rags comes off unplaced efforts in the Risen Star (G2) and Lecomte (G3) most recently, and the bay will need a major step forward to factor late against this fine field. Tyler Baze has the assignment.  

BASIN
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(96) in Hopeful (G1) romp at Saratoga
Total Earnings:
$261,000
Owner:
Jackpot Farm
Breeder:
Cottonwood Stables
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Javier Castellano
Sire:
Liam’s Map
Dam:
Appenzell
Color:
Bay

This son of Liam’s Map is the lone Grade 1 star in the field following a 6 ½-length tally in the Hopeful (G1) in his 2019 finale. The Asmussen charge has not missed a morning drill since January, and he will be a major contender in the Rebel if he runs to his 2-year-old form. The Kentucky-bred could be forwardly placed in the early going beneath Javier Castellano. 

SILVER PROSPECTOR
Total 8 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
0
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(96) in Southwest (G3) score at Oaklawn Park
Total Earnings:
$713,051
Owner:
Ed and Susie Orr
Breeder:
Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton, and Silver Fern Farm
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Sire:
Declaration of War
Dam:
Tap Softly
Color:
Gray/Roan

Hard-knocking late runner impressed with his winning run in the Southwest (G3) on this course last time out for Asmussen. The dual graded stakes hero has been especially consistent since moving to the dirt last campaign, and his top performance will give him every chance inside the final furlong on Saturday. Regular pilot Ricardo Santana, Jr. will be in the controls. 

NO PAROLE
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(95) in debut victory and allowance score at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$114,600
Owner:
Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin
Breeder:
Coteau Grove Farms
Trainer:
Tom Amoss
Jockey:
Joe Talamo
Sire:
Violence
Dam:
Plus One
Color:
Bay

Cajun-bred colt is the wildcard in the field following three facile front-running tallies with state-bred foes. The talented Violence sophomore has never been headed and he draws well while outside of the other expected pace player in his graded stakes debut. The Tom Amoss trainee gets his first true class test with Joe Talamo taking the reins. 

THREE TECHNIQUE
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
3
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(96) when second in Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park
Total Earnings:
$154,750
Owner:
August Dawn Farm
Breeder:
Omega Farm and Bally Breeders
Trainer:
Jeremiah Englehart
Jockey:
Luis Saez
Sire:
Mr Speaker
Dam:
Night in Rome
Color:
Dark Bay

This consistently good 3-year-old finished a clear runner-up in the Smarty Jones over a muddy, sealed oval in his 2020 bow. The Mr. Speaker colt has never run a poor race, and he is training like a horse who is sitting on a big effort for conditioner Jeremiah Englehart. Luis Saez inherits the ride and will be rallying from off the pace aboard the win threat. 

COACH BAHE
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden tally at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$32,000
Owner:
Rigney Racing
Breeder:
Meribelle Stable
Trainer:
Phil Bauer
Jockey:
Santo Sanjur
Sire:
Take Charge Indy
Dam:
Bauble
Color:
Dark Bay

The outsider in the cast graduated in smart fashion at Fair Grounds in advance of this stern test. The $240,000 yearling buy shows a pair of solid tries from two lifetime races on the dirt, and he also receives Lasix for the initial time for his biggest test to date. Santo Sanjur retains the mount. 

AMERICAN THEOREM
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in debut score at Del Mar
Total Earnings:
$96,600
Owner:
Kretz Racing
Breeder:
Sierra Farm
Trainer:
George Papaprodomou
Jockey:
Tiago Perreira
Sire:
American Pharoah
Dam:
Mighty Renee
Color:
Gray/Roan

Grade-1 placed son of American Pharoah makes his first start following a runner-up effort in his 2019 finale at Santa Anita. The Kentucky-bred gray won at first asking to prove that he can fire while fresh, and the outside post could be of benefit for the lightly raced sophomore. He figures to be in range early on while coming off the bench with Tiago Perreira in the silks.