March 17, 2011

Afleet Alex Babies Take Same Route To Kentucky As Sire

Archarcharch winning the Southwest Stakes (Jimmy Jones/Eclipse Sportswire)
The Rebel Is This Week's Only Points Race In The Road To The Roses Contest 
     Elite Alex and Sway Away are looking to take the same route to the Kentucky Derby as their sire in this Saturday's Rebel Stakes.  Afleet Alex didn't win the Rebel or the Derby, but he did win the Arkansas Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in his three-year-old campaign.  They aim to one better than dad.     
     Sway Away looks to stretch out the sprinter's speed he showed last out in the San Vicente, when he closed from last-to-first only to be beaten 3/4-length by The Factor.  The third-place finisher in the San Vicente - Premier Pegasus. The Factor also looks to make the 7-furlong stretch out Saturday in the Rebel.
Elite Alex before the Southwest (Jimmy Jones/ESW)
     Elite Alex’s goal is to turn the tables on Southwest Stakes winner Archarcharch.  Elite Alex broke from the 9-post in the one mile race, got parked wide, ended up fanned 6-wide and still managed to close on Archarcharch to finish third a couple of lengths back.
     Also of note in the race are JP’s Gusto, Alternation and Caleb’s Posse.  This is a stacked field of Derby contenders.  The Stride LIVE entry in the Road to the Roses managed to work its way up to 4th place and we have Elite Alex and Sway Away going.  We are hoping Oaklawn is one of those tracks where if daddy did well, so do his babies.
The Factor winning the San Vicente (Charles Pravata/Eclipse Sportswire)
     The rest of the Top 10 in Stride LIVE’s Road to the Roses Fantasy League are below. Keith Cooper and Gark Schneekloth still have a stranglehold on the top spots, Hello Race Fans’ and Green But Game’s Dana Byerly made a very nice move to get closer to the leaders.
     If you want to handicap the race yourself, here is the link to free past performances provided by Oaklawn Park -


League Rank    Score    Stable Name    Player    Hometown
1                       90    Zain-in-my-heart Stable    Keith Cooper    cassatt
2                       87    Bourbon Bliss Barn    Gary Schneekloth    Alexandria
3                       79    Zain-In-My-Heart-2    Keith Cooper    cassatt
4                       78    RubberBandINDaStretch    Stride LIVE    Parts Unknown
5                       76    Kelso's Kennel    Gary Schneekloth    Alexandria
6                       74    Jell-ooooooo    Ashley Bolsei    LeRoy
7                       72    Chop 'im up at Charlie's    charles pravata    arcadia
8                       71    CMCC    Barry Mitchell    Inglewood
9                       69    ChiTown to Derby #2    Thomas Haydock    Mundelein
10                     67    Superterrific Stable    dana byerly    New York

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