|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 - http://oaklawn.com/media/uploads/the_rebel_pps.pdf
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