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Jockey Joel Rosario celebrates aboard Concert Tour after winning the Rebel Stakes.
The $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn, contested at 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn worth 50 points to the winne as part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, is the major local prep for the Arkansas Derby. Conditions were excellent in Hot Springs with a fast main track, cloudy skies, and temperatures in the low 70's, with just 5,500 fans in attendance due to capacity limits.
A field of 8 three-year-olds went to post with Caddo River sent off as the 6-5 favorite off his win in the Smarty Jones Stakes. In to challenge him included 8-5 second choice Concert Tour, undefeated in 2 starts including the San Vicente (G2), and 9-2 third choice Keepmeinmind, unraced since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in November.
The horses break from the gate for the Rebel Stakes
Jockey Joel Rosario sent Concert Tour to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.42, 47.53, and 1:12.00 while pressed by Caddo River and stalked by 18-1 Big Lake. Turning for home, Concert Tour left the field behind, drawing off to win by 4 1/4 lengths over late-running 19-1 Hozier in 1:43.18. It was another 3/4 length back to Big Lake third, while Caddo River tired late to finish 5th beaten 6 3/4 lengths.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Concert Tour Rosario 5.40 3.80 3.40 3 Hozier Garcia 10.80 6.40 2 Big Lake Santana 6.00 Winning Time: 1:43.18 $1 Exacta 7-3 33.40 $0.50 Trifecta 7-3-2 140.95 $0.10 Superfecta 7-3-2-8 222.72
Left: Concert Tour in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "I just told (Joel) Rosario he's fast. I know Caddo River's fast. This horse going two turns first out, just play the break and do what you think is right. He's a very, very fast horse. He looked like he was doing it pretty easily, though. They slowed up a little bit down the backside. Joel, you could really tell he was controlling the race. This is a really top horse. I was going to be disappointed if he didn't do what he did today."
Right: Concert Tour in the post parade. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "It was a very good race. He broke very good and I just let him go on with it. It was impressive for his first time going two turns."
Left: Concert Tour heads out of the indoor paddock.
Right: Second place finisher Hozier heads out of the indoor paddock. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "That was nice, impressive. I'm just happy to run 1-2. That's pretty huge. I'm just glad they showed up."
Left: Third place finisher Big Lake in the post parade. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "The winner was ultra-impressive. I thought Big Lake sat a good trip. Wish he would have avoided the bumping in the stretch, but the winner was clear-cut. But for his first step into a stakes, that was solid. I thought the horse that was fourth (Super Stock), off the long layoff, had a solid run."
Right: Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Caddo River in the post parade. The Brad Cox trainee has a record of 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 5 starts, earning $196,092 for owner-breeder Shortleaf Stable.
Left: The post parade for the Rebel Stakes.
Right: The trophy and flower blanket for the Rebel Stakes.
Shedaresthedevil wins the Azeri Stakes
Jockey Florent Geroux sent Shedaresthedevil to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.93, 47.79, and 1:11.65 while pressed by Envoutante and stalked by Letruska. Turning for home Shedaresthedevil continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:36.25. Letruska put in a strong 3 wide rally but Shedaresthedevil held her off to win by a head in 12:42.57. It was another 2 lengths back to 9-2 Getridofwhatailesu third.
Results Chart from DRF.
Left: Shedaresthedevil in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Brad Cox said, "She's a fighter. I thought she may be getting a little tired. Florent did a good job staying after her down the lane and she able to hold that other filly (Letruska) off. A very good filly that she held off. Hopefully, we can move forward off this. She was really sharp in the paddock, kind of showing her hand that she was wanting to go and then Florent did a good job, just letting her settle in the post parade and then she broke. Couldn't take away what came easy. I think he just took control of the race and it worked out well."
Right: Shedaresthedevil returns after the race. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "We caught a flyer out of the gate. I was expecting Letruska to lead all the way. I don't know if she didn't break fast enough or stumbled, but we inherited the lead and I just took it from there. My filly is extremely talented. You know you want to slow her down, just keep her in a nice rhythm. Turning for home, she gave me everything she had. She maybe got a little bit tired down the lane, but it was good for her first race off the break. I don't think she was 100% cranked up for this. We have hopes for a big year with her."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Letruska in the post parade. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "The plan was to go to the lead, but she kind of hesitated a little bit when everybody got in (gate). She was a little nervous in there. She was fine, but she wasn't comfortable. Kind of missed the break right away. She ran a tremendous race after she didn't break. Kind of had to stay out wide for a little bit, outside, and then let her do her thing. Look at how far we got beat? That was a good effort."
Right: Third place finisher Getridofwhatailesu in the post parade. The Brad Cox trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 8 starts, earning $294,197 for owner The Elkstone Group (Stuart Grant).
Left: The post parade for the Azeri Stakes.
Right: The horses break from the gate for the Azeri Stakes.
Silver State wins the Essex Handicap
Jockey David Cohen sent Harpers First Ride to the lead first time by through fractions of 23.57, 47.67, and 1:12.22 while pressed by 11-2 Green Light Go and stalked by Night Ops. Turning for home jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. sent Silver State 4 wide and he swept to the lead through 1 mile in 1:36.57. 19-1 Rated R Superstar, 5th early, came out 5 wide for his rally and despite being whipped at least 25 times in the lane by jockey Ramon Vazquez, came up short as Silver State held him off to win by a neck in 1:42.73. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Night Ops third.
Left: Silver State in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. said, "We had a beautiful trip. I was in the position I wanted to be in. He relaxed really well for me and turning for home, he gave me a really nice finish."
Right: Silver State in the post parade. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "It's a great partnership with the Hortons and Winchell Thoroughbreds. They've done so much for me. This horse has always shown a lot of potential. We gave him the necessary time and he's come back to win four races. This was a very quality win today."
Left: Second place finisher Rated R Superstar returns after the race. The Federico Villafranco trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 8 seconds, and 7 thirds in 50 starts, earning $1,000,023 for owner Danny Caldwell.
Right: Third place finisher Night Ops in the post parade. The Brad Cox trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds in 20 starts, earning $679,956 for owner Steve Landers Racing.
The horses break from the gate for the Essex Handicap.
Carlos L. wins the Temperance Hill Stakes
Jockey Alex Canchari sent 47-1 longest shot Carlos L. loose on the lead through fractions of 24.16, 48.39, 1:13.78, and 1:39.00 while stalked by Plainsman and 5-1 fourth choice Lone Rock. Turning for home Carlos L. continued to lead through 10f in 2:04.36 with Lone Rock quickly closing 3 wide. However, Carlos L. despite Canchari losing his whip at the 1/8 pole, held on to win by a neck in a new track record 2:29.87. It was another neck back to late-running favorite Tenfold third.
Left: Carlos L. in the winner's circle. The McLean Robertson trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 16 starts, earning $262,999 for owner Good Friends II.
Right: Carlos L. heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Lone Rock in the post parade. The Robertino Diodoro trainee improved his record to 8 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 30 starts, earning $385,437 for owner Flying P Stable.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Tenfold in the post parade. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 0 seconds, and 4 thirds in 24 starts, earning $1,164,745 for owner-breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds.
The post parade for the Temperance Hill Stakes.
C Z Rocket wins the Hot Springs Stakes
Jockey Ramon Vazquez sent 34-1 longest shot Firecrow to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 21.65 and 44.69 while pressed by 14-1 Mr. Jagermeister and stalked by Flagstaff. On the far turn Whitmore, 6th early, came out 4 wide for room and swept to the lead through 5f in 56.94, howver, C Z Rocket, last early under Florent Geroux, came out 5 wide and rallied to win by a neck in 1:09.04. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Flagstaff third.
Left: C Z Rocket in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Peter Miller said, "I didn't think we would be behind Whitmore, but it kind of worked out. Might have been a blessing in disguise to track Whitmore. He's such a great horse, Whitmore, and so is C Z Rocket. I just can't say enough about both of these horses. My congratulations to the connections of Whitmore on having this horse ready to rock and roll. Going down the stretch, I thought we were going to get there. It was tough. He was a little further back than I'd thought he would be, honestly. I did see pace was hot. Flo (Geroux) knows what he's doing. Horse runs really well for him. Pace was fast, so we were where we were supposed to be and it worked out."
Right: Florent Geroux celebrates aboard C Z Rocket after the race.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Whitmore in the post parade. The Ron Moquett trainee improved his record to 15 wins, 12 seconds, and 3 thirds in 39 starts, earning $4,287,850 for owners Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables, and Head of Plains Partners.
Right: Third place finisher Flagstaff in the post parade. The John Sadler trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 6 seconds, and 3 thirds in 17 starts, earning $583,285 for owners Lane's End Racing and Hronis Racing.
The post parade for the Hot Springs Stakes.
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