The 2017 Rebel Stakes is boiling down to three of the top contenders in the field, and one of them is about to propel themselves in to Triple Crown contention. Who will it be?
American Anthem will step in as Bob Baffert’s next best horse after the seriously unfortunate leg fracture that Mastery suffered. While a bonafide threat, American Anthem is a step behind in terms of talent. He fell way back of Gormley in the Sham Stakes and I just don’t know if he has the closing effort to really put this one away with so many gunning for top honours.
My preference is Royal Mo, who was last out dusting the field at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. I just like horses that have a proven desire to win races. There are too many in this field who were last out finishing as a runner-up. Royal Mo carries 9/2 odds.
Malagacy is the dark horse in the 2017 Rebel Stakes. He broke his maiden and won an allowance at Gulfstream, but hasn’t competed in a stakes race yet. To be frank, at this point in the derby trail, new shooting hopefuls like Malagacy don’t usually fare that well. His 3/1 odds are certainly worthy of a gander, but I’d leave this bet alone until he’s proven himself.
I don’t like anyone else in the field as a contender to steal the 2017 Rebel Stakes either. I had previously liked Petrov, but three straight showings as a 2nd place finisher have worn out his welcome at my doorstep. Same goes for Uncontested and Untrapped. I’m not touching any of the longshots. At best, they’re a bunch of lottery tickets.
For my money, I’d prefer to invest in what I know and I know that Royal Mo is a proven commodity.
2017 Rebel Stakes – Saturday, March 18th at Oaklawn Park
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|1||Silver Bullion (KY)||Ramon A. Vazquez||115||D. Wayne Lukas||30/1|
|2||Uncontested (KY)||Channing Hill||122||Wayne M. Catalano||10/1|
|3||Sonneteer (KY)||Richard E. Eramia||115||J. Keith Desormeaux||30/1|
|4||Petrov (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||115||Ron Moquett||9/2|
|5||Untrapped (KY)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||115||Steven M. Asmussen||8/1|
|6||Malagacy (KY)||Javier Castellano||115||Todd A. Pletcher||4/1|
|7||American Anthem (KY)||Mike E. Smith||115||Bob Baffert||2/1|
|8||Silver Dust (KY)||Corey J. Lanerie||115||Randy L. Morse||15/1|
|9||Appalachian Gem (KY)||Gary L. Stevens||115||Jack C. Van Berg||30/1|
|10||Royal Mo (KY)||Victor Espinoza||122||John A. Shirreffs||9/2|
|11||Lookin At Lee (KY)||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||117||Steven M. Asmussen||15/1|