Rebel Stakes

Featured, Sports and Bets — March 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm by

We are obsessed with horseracing here at charmcitywire.com.  We understand that not everyone shares in our passion for the ponies and that what was once a proud tradition here in Maryland has become something of an afterthought to the average sports fan.  The question of  whether or not horseracing can become a viable business again here in Maryland is in constant debate.  Though I may stand in the minority, I still believe that it can.  My belief  was only bolstered by my trip to South Florida and Gulfstream Park.  Gulfstream sits a few miles off of Hallandale Beach and is a sprawling complex surrounded by a casino, shops, and restaurants.  The track is beautiful and packed with folks young and old.  The races being run feature some of the best thoroughbreds in the country, and the fields are large and present many good betting opportunities.    It is a fun place and could be used as a model for the future of horseracing here in Maryland.  I’ll be writing about this in more detail next week, but for Pimlico to look like it does when it hosts one of the biggest sporting events in the world is embarrassing.  Bottom line is that sporting events are viewed as entertainment events, and until the State of Maryland and the Maryland Jockey club realize this, local racing will continue to decline in popularity.

Morning at Gulfstream Park.  This is the Paddock Area.  View is From One of the Many Restaurants Near the Track.

Morning at Gulfstream Park. This is the Paddock Area. View is From One of the Many Restaurants Near the Track.

 More on this next week, but now onto the Rebel.  The quest for Kentucky Derby entry takes us to Hot Springs, Arkansas for the $600,000 Rebel Stakes.  There are a lot of good horses in this one, headlined by Bob Baffert’s charge, Super Ninety Nine.  This horse looks like the real deal but he’ll probably go off at even money or worse, so we’ll try to beat ’em. 

Last week at Gulfstream was a grind.  Early losses put me in a hole, and two of my picks threw their jockeys.  But I managed to grind it out, hitting a Maiden Race late and then nailing the San Felipe at Santa Anita with Hear The Ghost.  The next day we went back to Gulfstream for dinner, and I hit the last race, exacta and all, with some help from my Father-In-Law who “loved” the winner all day.  It got me  even for the weekend and ended my visit to Gulfstream on a high note.

But enough of me, the Rebel calls, I’ll start with the 7th.

Race 7……I don’t even need to handicap this one.  The #11 horse is named Richmond.  That is my first name.  He is 3-1, he is about to race his second off the layoff, and well his fucking name is Richmond.  Hammer.

Race 8…..(MSW)…Hard to get away from the #4 Only in America.  Colt just missed breaking his maiden last time out, and works suggest he won’t miss again.  Put him over the #7  Mr. Blackthorn and the #10 Song Bandit in exactas.

Race #9…..(Azeri Stakes)…My Miss Aurela is easily the class of this field and probably won’t be beat.  Buuut, she is coming of a layoff and if we are going to take a chance it might be with the lightly raced 4-year-old Songs and Sonnets.  This miss is 8-1 and she looks to be in great form after her 8 length win last time out.  If, and it’s a big if, she can get out front and control the pace maybe she can steal this one.  Deep waters, but at 8-1 we’ll jump in babes.

Race #10…..(The Rebel Stakes)…To hell with the favorite.  He’s the best horse coming in, but Super Ninety Nine draws the 11 post and that may put a damper on his early speed.  I like Oxbow.  He was 5 wide last time out and just missed against the heralded Ivestruckanerve.  Bullet work and 4-1 odds add to the appeal.  Bet him to win and in exactas with #11 Super Ninety Nine and #4  Delhomme. 

Race #11….(OC 35k)….I love horses in good form who are moving up the ladder.  #7 Gentlemen’s Bet is such a horse.  He’s run only twice and won both times, posting a 90 Beyer.  He’s 5-2 ML, but that seems like a bargain to me.  I’ll couple him with the #2 Tiz Tee Time and the #10 Ghostbuster in exacta plays.

Good luck and enjoy the races! 

Seabass

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