Updated on 03/16/2013 11:39AM

Rebel Stakes draw: Super Ninety Nine gets outside post in 11-horse field

Barbara D. Livingston
Super Ninety Nine, winner of the Southwest, is one of two horses trainer Bob Baffert will have in the Rebel, along with Den’s Legacy.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Super Ninety Nine will have to overcome post 11 on Saturday, when he starts as a strong favorite in the Grade 2, $600,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He is one of two starters in the 50-point Kentucky Derby qualifying race for trainer Bob Baffert, who also sends out Den’s Legacy.

In all a field of 11 was entered for the Rebel, a 1 1/16-mile race that was drawn on Wednesday. Super Ninety Nine, who wired the field in last month’s Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at Oaklawn, will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Den’s Legacy, who rallied for second in the Grade 2 Lewis at Santa Anita in his last start, drew post 6 and is to be ridden by the Oaklawn-based Robby Albarado. The pair gives Baffert a two-pronged approach to the Rebel. 

“We’ve got a horse that runs on the lead, and one that’s the type that comes from off the pace,” he said. 

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Super Ninety Nine romped by 11 lengths and earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the Southwest, one start after winning a first-level allowance at Santa Anita with a Beyer of 100. He was to arrive at Oaklawn on Thursday following a flight from Southern California.   

“He’s training well going into it,” Baffert said. “He’s run some big races, and has trained just as well going into this one.”

Super Ninety Nine races for Tanma Corporation, while Den’s Legacy is owned by the Arkansas-based Westrock Stables.

Delhomme, a Florida-based runner who will be making his first start of the year for WinStar Farm, Twin Creeks Racing Stable, and trainer Todd Pletcher, arrived at Oaklawn on Wednesday. He flew into Little Rock, Ark., just after 9  a.m., then made a one-hour van ride to Hot Springs, according to track officials. Garrett Gomez has the mount on Delhomme, who in his last start Nov. 24 finished third by three-quarters of a length in the Grade  2 Remsen at Aqueduct. Delhomme drew post 4 for the Rebel. 

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Trainer Mac Robertson, who won the Rebel in 2009 with the longshot closer Win Willy, made the decision to enter Stormy Holiday after the horse breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Wednesday. Stormy Holiday is a closer, and Robertson is hopeful the Rebel might offer a nice pace setup for him Saturday.

“If he finishes good, he’s a horse that could get a part of it,” said Robertson. “He trains good here, and it kind of makes sense right now.”

Derek Bell has the mount from post 8.

The complete Rebel field from the rail with riders is: Carve, Corey Nakatani; Treasury Bill, Joe Talamo; Texas Bling, Cliff Berry; Delhomme, Gomez; Hardrock Eleven, Terry Thompson; Den’s Legacy, Albarado; Will Take Charge, Jon Court; Stormy Holiday, Bell; Title Contender, Luis Quinonez; Oxbow, Mike Smith; and Super Ninety Nine, Bejarano.

Treasury Bill, who is trained by Ron Ellis, and Title Contender, who is trained by Wayne Catalano, will be coupled as both horses are owned by Gary and Mary West.

The Rebel will share a card with the Grade 3, $150,000 Azeri for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth. The race will be the seasonal debut for champion My Miss Aurelia, who will break from the outside post in the field of seven, with Nakatani to ride for trainer Steve Asmussen.

The complete field from the rail with riders is Tiz Miz Sue, Joe Rocco  Jr.; Holy Heavens, Israel Ocampo; She’s All In, Luis Quinonez; Songs and Sonnets, Gomez; Keiai Tokyo, a supplementary nomination to be ridden by Rosemary Homeister  Jr.; Don’t Tell Sophia, Albarado; and My Miss Aurelia, Nakatani.

The Rebel will go as the 10th race on an 11-race card that begins at 1  p.m. Central. Post for the Rebel is 5:48 p.m. The Azeri will go as the ninth, with a post of 5:13 p.m.

Kimberly Martin More than 1 year ago
Chalk will win. I'll pass betting this race & just watch & enjoy. I don't think Super 99 being in the 11 hole will hurt him at all. He doesn't need a sloppy track.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I think if they can get Gary $ on Vyjack they would make history!
Kermit Pleasant More than 1 year ago
Dont be suprized if Texas Bling steal the race
Perl More than 1 year ago
Oh I'll be surprised alright!
Danele Durham More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the support!
edb More than 1 year ago
Oxbow at the top of the stretch and then pick the closer of your choice. Oxbow will be a nice miler. Don't see a derby winner in this group. If 99 gets another 100+ Beyer, another real contender. Should be a very nice betting race, with lots of question marks and lots of possibilities. Good luck and enjoy the $500 tri.
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
Will Take Charge can wake back up on a fast track. He wanted No Part of that soup last time out. Also, keep an eye out for Treasury Bill. Race sets up.
DanLambskin More than 1 year ago
Hoping to get some nice odds on Treasury Bill
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with his last race....Ellis kept preaching how he needs more and more ground and wouldnt succeed at 7f.....But it looked like talent was the problem in his last race, not the distance......He had the field all bunched and should have run right by them.....I still like the horse but his last race wasn't real encouraging
Karl Deppen More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear the buzz of Bafferts ponies and a few others in the Rebel. That means better odds for my selection, Oxbow, the pony with the most to lose or gain in this race. Go Mike Go !!!
Nathan More than 1 year ago
99's 102 beyer is a toss out. he caught his track and a field that couldb't win a 50 claimer at g.p. he will need a "super saver" muddy track for any shot to win. delhomme is the class, by a mile. you can still get 45-1 in vegas..
Matthew More than 1 year ago
Oh boy...go loadup then.
mdavis8357 More than 1 year ago
I will give you 145/1.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I'd love to go to the Rebel and/or Arkansas Derby one year. They get like 35,000 for the Rebel don't they? Like 70,000 for the Arkansas Derby? That sounds good to me. No other Derby preps come close to that attendence with the exception of the Blue Grass. I'd say the Arkansas Derby is the most attended race besides Triple Crown races and the Breeders Cup.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
...and the Oaks. It may actually have higher attendence than some Belmonts and Breeders Cup Fridays
Donnie Jones More than 1 year ago
Yeah, and they have cold beer and some good looking women there too!! Plus, if you can figure out a horse like Rockamundo you can have a BIG day!!!!!
James Farrell More than 1 year ago
Was it the Rebel or Southwest stakes that were separated into two divisions last year???
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Southwest. Baffert won both. One with Secret Circle and the other with Castaway.
Steve Reed More than 1 year ago
Denhomme could get some of The Candy.