Cheat sheet for Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park

The Rebel Stakes is this weekend’s stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, offering 50 points and the lion’s share of a $900,000 purse to the winner. The race has attracted horses from California and Florida as well as locally-based runners. Read on for the scoop on all 11 entrants and the race itself.

Race details

Saturday at Oaklawn Park

Post time: 7:06 p.m. ET, televised on TVG

The Grade 2 Rebel Stakes has been run annually at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., since 1961. The race is for 3-year-olds competing at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt and offers 85 Kentucky Derby points: 50 for first, 20 for second, 10 for third and five for fourth.

1. Silver Bullion

Jockey: Ramon Vazquez

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Owner: Calumet Farm

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $61,600

Earnings per start: $20,533

Pedigree: Pioneerof the Nile – Love Buzz, by Silver Charm

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Silver Bullion races for Calumet Farm, an historic racing and breeding operation now owned by billionaire Brad Kelley. His Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has won the Rebel twice, most recently with champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge in 2013. Silver Bullion will be making his stakes debut in the Rebel after winning his second start and finishing second in an allowance in his third try.

2. Uncontested

Jockey: Channing Hill

Trainer: Wayne Catalano

Owner: Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum

Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $136,729

Earnings per start: $34,182

Pedigree: Tiz Wonderful – Galileo’s Star, by Lil E. Tee

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Uncontested won the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn in January but tired to finish sixth in the Southwest Stakes. The $20,000 auction purchase is co-owned by businessmen Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum, who is named for his godfather, President Harry S. Truman. LaPenta and Rosenblum partnered on Oaklawn stakes performers Far Right and Whitmore, who ran in the Kentucky Derby in 2015 and 2016.

3. Sonneteer

Jockey: Richard Eramia

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Owner: Calumet Farm

Career record: 8 starts – 0 wins – 3 seconds – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $54,445

Earnings per start: $6,806

Pedigree: Midnight Lute – Ours, by Half Ours

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Sonneteer is one of two horses in the Rebel owned by Calumet Farm. He has not yet won a race but finished second in his most recent try for trainer Keith Desormeaux, and before that finished third behind highly regarded Reach the World. Sonneteer and Keith Desormeaux are based at Santa Anita Park in California.

4. Petrov

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Trainer: Ron Moquett

Owner: Rialto Racing Stables, Southern Springs Stables and Sol Kumin

Career record: 4 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $184,800

Earnings per start: $46,200

Pedigree: Flatter – Saracina, by Bertrando

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Petrov won his first career start and has competed exclusively in stakes races since, finishing second three times, including the Smarty Jones Stakes and the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Ron Moquett is based at Oaklawn and has had Oaklawn-based horses in the Kentucky Derby the last two years. Owner Sol Kumin bought a 25 percent share of the horse just this week.

5. Untrapped

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: Michael Langford

Career record: 4 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $166,800

Earnings per start: $41,700

Pedigree: Trappe Shot – Exit Three, by Giant’s Causeway

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Untrapped has never finished worse than second in his four career starts and will be racing at Oaklawn for the first time Saturday, having most recently finished second in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Owner Michael Langford bought the colt for $125,000 as a 2-year-old. Trainer Steve Asmussen also has Lookin At Lee running in this race.

6. Malagacy

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Sumaya U.S. Stable

Career record: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $46,800

Earnings per start: $23,400

Pedigree: Shackleford – Classiest Gem, by Dehere

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Pacesetter/Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Malagacy has been impressive in both of his career starts, winning his debut by 15 lengths and his second start by seven. He ships in from Gulfstream Park in Florida to run here for perennial Derby trail power trainer Todd Pletcher. The son of 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford races for Sumaya U.S. Stable, the racing operation of Oussama Aboughazale, a Chilean agriculture magnate whose family is the majority shareholder of the fresh produce division of Del Monte Fruit Company.

7. American Anthem

Jockey: Mike Smith

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owner: WinStar Farm, S F Bloodstock and China Horse Club

Career record: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $51,200

Earnings per start: $25,600

Pedigree: Bodemeister – Indy’s Windy, by A.P. Indy

Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker/pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: American Anthem ships in from California for trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Rebel a record six times. All of his wins came in the last seven years, including with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015. American Anthem is lightly raced, with one win and a runner-up finish from two starts, after being purchased for $435,000 as a 2-year-old. He’s a son of Bodemeister, who finished second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby for Baffert.

8. Silver Dust

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Trainer: Randy Morse

Owner: Tom Durant

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $61,540

Earnings per start: $20,513

Pedigree: Tapit – Filare l’Oro, by Hard Spun

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Silver Dust was a $510,000 purchase as a 2-year-old and is a son of top sire Tapit. Though he has just one win from his three starts, he did finish fourth in the Southwest Stakes last month in his stakes debut. Owner Tom Durant tied for fifth in wins during the Oaklawn Park meet last year, but like trainer Randy Morse and jockey Corey Lanerie he is looking for his first Rebel Stakes win.

9. Appalachian Gem

Jockey: Gary Stevens

Trainer: Jack Van Berg

Owner: Mark DeDomenico

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $54,000

Earnings per start: $18,000

Pedigree: Gemologist – Briar Hill Dixie, by Dixieland Band

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Appalachian Gem broke his maiden in his third try and here tries stakes company for the first time. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has just returned from hip replacement surgery at the age of 54, while Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg is 80 and is looking for his first graded stakes win since 1995. Appalachian Gem was a $90,000 purchase as a 2-year-old in training.

10. Royal Mo

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss

Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $144,200

Earnings per start: $36,050

Pedigree: Uncle Mo – Royal Irish Lass, by Saint Ballado

Color: Bay

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Royal Mo broke his maiden in his third start and rolled to a 3 ½ length victory in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in his fourth, earning 10 Kentucky Derby points. Royal Mo is a son of Uncle Mo, 2010 champion 2-year-old and sire of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Royal Mo’s trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss are best known for partnering to campaign 2010 Horse of the Year and fan favorite Zenyatta. Jockey Victor Espinoza won the Rebel in 2015 with American Pharoah.

11. Lookin At Lee

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Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: L and N Racing

Career record: 7 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $349,795

Earnings per start: $49,971

Pedigree: Lookin at Lucky – Langara Lass, by Langfuhr

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Lookin At Lee broke his maiden in his second try and made his third start in a stakes at Ellis Park, which he won. He finished second in a pair of graded stakes before a fourth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as the third-longest price in the field of 11. He finished third in the local prep for the Rebel, the Southwest Stakes, and is trained by Oaklawn regular Steve Asmussen.

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