03/13/2006 1:00AM

Private Vow all set for Rebel

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Private Vow will make his first start since Nov. 26 when he runs in Saturday's Rebel.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Private Vow is good to go. A top-ranked Kentucky Derby prospect, he worked five furlongs in company at his Palm Meadows base in south Florida on Monday morning in his final major prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.

A 1 1/16-mile race, the Rebel will be Private Vow's first start since he won the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26. He worked Monday with Storm Treasure, whom trainer Steve Asmussen is pointing for Saturday's Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. Private Vow went five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.

"The horse worked great," said Asmussen, who trains Private Vow for Mike McCarty. "We're extremely pleased with where he's at."

Private Vow was to fly into Arkansas on Wednesday, said Asmussen, who leads the trainer standings at Oaklawn.

There are 10 probables for the Rebel. Lawyer Ron will be shooting for his fifth straight win, as will Nob Hill Deelite, who joins the field for trainer Pat Mouton. John McKee will ride Lawyer Ron, and Corey Lanerie will ride Nob Hill Deelite.

Lawyer Ron won the $250,000 Southwest Stakes last out over a field that included Steppenwolfer, Red Raymond, Sharp Attack, and Travelin Leroy, all of whom will be back for the Rebel, according to their trainers. Well Said, who won his maiden and an allowance in his last two starts, will also go in the Rebel, said his trainer, Walter Bindner Jr. James Graham will ride Well Said.

Other scheduled starters are Kip Deville, who won an allowance and the $40,000 Texas Heritage at Sam Houston Race Park in his last two starts, and Film Fortune, a maiden who finished a fast-closing second in a one-mile turf race last out at Santa Anita. Film Fortune is scheduled to fly into Oaklawn on Thursday, according to racing officials.

Music School is possible for the Rebel, said his trainer, Neil Howard.

Rematch in the works

Grade 1 winners Round Pond and Happy Ticket, who finished a neck apart in the Grade 3, $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup here Saturday, will both make their next starts in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for fillies and mares on April 8.

Round Pond came out of her win in tip-top shape, said her trainer, John Servis. She set the pace in the Azeri, was headed in the stretch by Happy Ticket, and came back to win along the rail under Stewart Elliott. Servis said he was impressed with the grit Round Pond showed to come back against a mare of Happy Ticket's caliber.

"I was talking to Stew afterward, and he said she just wanted it," said Servis. "She didn't want to get beat. That says a lot. I know how much ability she has, and now to have the gut-check like that and then respond the way she did, that's all good."

Servis said Round Pond, who is based at Oaklawn, is scheduled to return to the track on Wednesday.

Happy Ticket has returned to her Louisiana Downs base to prepare for the Apple Blossom. Her trainer, Andrew Leggio, said she came out of the Azeri in good shape, and he was able to find a silver lining in the second-place finish.

"Maybe it worked out in the long run for this next race coming up," said Leggio. "It might be better that she got a race over the track, and the weights should be pretty equal, things like that. It may have worked to her benefit for the next race."

Happy Ticket carried four more pounds than Round Pond in the Azeri. Leggio said Robby Albarado has the return call for the Apple Blossom.

Both camps congratulated each other Sunday morning, and Joe Rosen, the agent for Elliott, brought donuts not only to Servis's stable to celebrate the win, but to Leggio's barn, as well, in a show of respect for the effort of Happy Ticket.

More Than Regal to Lane's End

More Than Regal, who won his maiden in his two-turn debut earlier this meet at Oaklawn, won his stakes debut last out and is now being pointed for the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End at Turfway Park on March 25, Asmussen said Saturday.

"He's going to go up there this week, get a little time in over [the Polytrack]," said Asmussen.

More Than Regal last raced at Evangeline Downs on March 4, when he won the $50,000 Sportsman's Paradise at one mile in 1:38.56, not far off the track record of 1:38.11. Earlier in the Evangeline meet, top Kentucky Derby prospect Lawyer Ron won the $100,000 Diamond Jo at one mile in 1:39.19. One start later, he won the Grade 3 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. Happy Ticket also won a one-mile stakes at Evangeline this meet, in 1:38.78.

Capeside Lady at Oaklawn

Capeside Lady breezed six furlongs at Oaklawn in 1:14.80 on Monday. She joined Asmussen's stable after being purchased at Keeneland November by agent Dapple Bloodstock.

"She's a very elite filly," said Asmussen. "I think initially one of the short-term goals with her would be the Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap in May. That will be our first major target."

The Louisville Breeders' Cup, a Grade 2, $300,000 race for fillies and mares, will be run at Churchill Downs on May 5.

* There is a pick-six carryover of $5,702 for Wednesday.