The Rebel (Grade II)

3/18/2017 Oaklawn Park-Race 10

The Rebel Stakes-$900,000—Grade II

1 & 1/16th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds

Post Time: 4:05 P.M. PST

Analysis by Michael Patricks

The analysis returns this week with a preview of the Rebel Stakes from Oaklawn Park.  50 Kentucky Derby Points will be handed out to the winner of this race which now exists in its 57th edition.  The racing secretary has attracted a very salty field of 11 to compete at the 1 & 1/16th Miles distance.  Bob Baffert has had nothing short of a stranglehold on this race in years past winning with Lookin at Lucky (2010), The Factor (2011), Secret Circle (2012), Hoppertunity (2014), American Pharoah (2015), and Cupid in (2016).  Not surprisingly, American Anthem is the 2/1 morning line favorite, hailing from the Bob Baffert barn.  Will Baffert make it seven out of eight in another axiomatic Bob Baffert-like coronation?  Or, will eyebrows be raised amidst the confetti of losing chalk players tickets when Boxcar Willie has his picture taken after the race?  Let’s examine the “Tail of the Tape”.

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