2017 Rebel Stakes

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
1 1/16th Miles – Three Year Olds – $900,000

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
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

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