02/21/2011 4:43PM

Oaklawn: Allowance a prep for Rebel


Alternation and Bluegrass Bull, who were both being pointed to this afternoon's Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest, instead took advantage of an extra that came up and will go in the seventh race, a conditioned allowance. It will be run over a mile and a sixteenth, and should produce starters for the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel here March 19.

The distance has appeal for Alternation, a son of Distorted Humor and the stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Alternate. Alternation won his maiden in his two-turn debut last December at Remington Park. He started his career at six furlongs, in a maiden special weight at the track Nov. 11. 

"He ran a good third that day, galloped out strong," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Alternation. "And the next time, with more ground, he does just what we think he's going to do."

Alternation then stepped into the first-level allowance ranks at Oaklawn and won by a head, over Southwest starter Elite Alex.

"He showed some real guts, I thought, to be in between horses and win in his Oaklawn debut," said Von Hemel. "He's a nice colt."

Luis Quinonez has the mount on Alternation, whose pedigree class was very evident physically when he was schooling in the paddock here Friday. 

Dreaminofthewin, who was second in last month's $100,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn, goes in the seventh, too. His trainer, C.R. Trout, said he elected to pass on the Southwest, at a mile, in favor of awaiting the mile and a sixteenth the colt will get in the Rebel. Bluegrass Bull, who was third in the Smarty Jones, will also run in the allowance Saturday.

The race is open to 4-year-olds, and it drew several capable ones including Sunset Stroll.