REBEL TOPS OAKLAWN WEEKEND
An impressive field of Derby hopefuls will converge at Oaklawn Park on Saturday in the G2 $300,000 Rebel Stakes. Bob Baffert will ship in recent G2 San Vicente Stakes star The Factor to see if he can handle route racing. The brilliant son of War Front has been sensational in his last pair and was flattered when Premier Pegasus came back to annihilate the G2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita last week.
Joining him from the West Coast will be Sway Away, who flew home an impressive second to The Factor in his 2011 debut. The Jeff Bonde-trained son of Afleet Alex has never put forth a bad effort and makes a ton of sense against these. Alternation was a good-looking allowance winner on over this oval and seems poised for a break through showing for Donnie von Hemel. The son of Distorted Humor will be running late. Smarty Jones S. winner Caleb’s Posse, graded winner J P’s Gusto, Smarty Jones second Dreaminofthewin, Mountain Valley S. third Glint, G2 Kentucky Jockey Club second Astrology, G3 Southwest Stakes third Elite Alex, and Southwest upsetter Archarcharch, all could have a say in the outcome.