The $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) attracted 19 entries in total which prompted Oaklawn Park to split the Road to the Kentucky Derby event into a pair of divisions. The first division will see nine Triple Crown hopefuls go postward that is led by a trio of Golden State imports.
Here is the field:
Extra Hope Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $128,400
Top BRIS Speed rating (94) in allowance win
Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Breeder: Samantha Siegel (KY)
Trainer: Richard Mandella
Jockey: Mike Smith
Sire: Shanghai Bobby
The Grade 1-placed colt kicked off 2019 in style with a
facile allowance win in advance of this run.
The Kentucky-bred has trained forwardly in the interim, and he gets both the rail and pilot Mike Smith. A forward move will give the sophomore a chance late.
Long Range Toddy Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $401,125
Top BRIS Speed rating (92) in Smarty Jones Stakes second
Owner: Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Willis Horton Racing LLC (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Jon Court
Sire: Take Charge Indy
Dam: Pleasant Song
Color: Dark Bay
This accomplished sophomore made the frame in the Smarty Jones Stakes and Southwest Stakes (G3) on this surface leading up to this contest. The dark bay colt has good tactical speed and a steady kick in the lane. Jon Court inherits the mount and will be stalking the pace early on.
Corruze Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $66,356
Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in allowance victory
Owner: Chris Wilkins
Breeder: Martha Jane and John Henry Mulholland (KY)
Trainer: Chris Hartman
Jockey: Stewart Elliot
Sire: Into Mischief
This Kentucky-bred beat just one runner in his stakes debut on the lawn most recently. The likely longshot missed the board in his lone dirt try to date. He would be a surprise.
Easy Shot Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $55,800
Top BRIS Speed rating (89) for third in Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3)
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Hinkle Farms (KY)
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Jockey: Richard Eramia
Sire: Trappe Shot
Dam: Daddy’s Dreamgirl
The bay colt was a half-length shy of the runner-up slot at Santa Anita Park in the Robert E. Lewis Stakes (G3) last out. The Kentucky-bred shows a pair of bullet morning drills most recently, and he could get a share if he runs to his workouts.
Proud Nation Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $15,981
Top BRIS Speed rating (86) running second in maiden debut
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Breeder: Gary and Mary West Stables Inc. (KY)
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: David Cabrera
Dam: Splendid Solution
This longshot enters the Rebel off a last-place finish, beaten 40 lengths, in a local allowance heat. The maiden flashed ability as a juvenile but he lands in an awfully ambitious spot for his stakes debut.
Ninth Street Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $82,253
Top BRIS Speed rating (83) for win in Jean Lafitte Stakes and second in Big Drama Stakes
Owner: H V Farms Ltd.
Breeder: H V Farms Ltd. (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Sire: Street Boss
Dam: Plan Nine
The chestnut colt was trounced at 104-1 odds in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and would be a major surprise here. The Kentucky-bred removes the blinkers for this one and picks up Ricardo Santana Jr. for the voyage. He looks to be overmatched against the top runners in the field.
Classy John Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $191,650
Top BRIS Speed rating (92) for second in Premier Night Prince Stakes
Owner: Valene Farms
Breeder: Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson (LA)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: David Cohen
Dam: Kitty’s Got Class
Color: Dark Bay
The speedy colt has been first or second in every lifetime race, which includes a pair of stakes wins over Louisiana-bred foes. The Saratoga debut winner will add pace to the race as the expected one to catch early on and could get brave if left alone up top under David Cohen.
Galilean Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $261,000
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker and William
Breeder: Bar C Racing Stables Inc. (CA)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Sire: Uncle Mo
Top BRIS Speed rating (97) in Golden State Juvenile Stakes second
This superb California-bred was tons the best in the California Cup Derby most recently. The $600,000 son of Uncle Mo is a neck shy of being unbeaten and has shown versatility in his running style. He will get a class test in this spot facing open foes but could be up to the task.
Improbable Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $269,520
Top BRIS Speed rating (100) for win in Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd.
and Starlight Racing
Breeder: St. George Farm LLC and G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Sire: City Zip
Dam: Rare Event
The talented runner gets a fine draw outside and is the clear one to beat. A Grade 1 victor, he has dominated his two stakes races by a combined 12 1/4 lengths and has room for improvement. The favorite should be fit and ready coming in with 11 morning drills while readying for his three-year-old debut.