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Rebel Stakes Betting - Rebels With A Cause

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/12/2013 7:32:19 PM

There will be no shortage of talent when the gate fills up for the Rebel Stakes this week at Oaklawn for online sports betting site players to evaluate so let’s take a look at who might show up and try to get one step closer to running in the Kentucky Derby.

Eventual Kentucky Derby winners like Sunny’s Halo and Smarty Jones have used this race as a springboard to glory as did two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and last year Bob Baffert’s Secret Circle was coming off a win in his section of the Southwest Stakes last year before coming from just off the pace to win the Rebel by three quarters with a 92 Beyer.

Baffert has won this race the last 3 years and will be back for more with Super Ninety Nine, who will be using the same path that Secret Circle did last year after winning the Southwest on February 18 with a 101 Beyer.

This runner has the right stuff pedigree-wise. His dam won multiple Grade 1s and banked nearly a million. His sibling Elusive Horizon won a number of stakes going 9 furlongs on way to a near $250,000 career. The place horse in his debut graduated with ease next out and then was third beaten less than a length in a Grade 2. And the horse that won his horse betting race on December 28 took a $75,000 stakes next out.

Oxbow, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, took a few races to figure it out but he had his coming out party winning the LeComte at Fair Grounds in impressive fashion. If he shows on Saturday he should be forwardly placed from the sound of the bell.

Lukas also is thinking about entering Will Take Charge. This runner had a valid excuse in his last race when he could not stand up in the sloppy going but he has proven he likes the Oaklawn surface.

Capo Bastone likes to cut it close even when he brings his A game and he will be trying to do something he never has if he goes this weekend and that is succeed in a stakes.

He has run third in two Grade 1 stakes but lost ground in the stretch in both of those races. The son of Street Boss, trained by Todd Pletcher, had to come from left field to beat allowance horses in his first online betting start of the year but with that style, things will have to break just right.

Always in a Tiz is likely to show in this race. He hated the off going in the Southwest so put a line through that race. The winner of his Aqueduct race took the Grade 2 Jerome next and proved it was no fluke by winning the Gotham despite being 2nd to last early on. This guy has every right to rebound.

Others eyeing this race include Delhomme, Treasury Bill, Carve, and Texas Bling.

With this race and all of the rest of the preps taking on added meaning because of the point system, look for this race to be very competitive.

Stay tuned.

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