03/06/2011 1:02PM

Rebel Stakes prospects Archarcharch, Elite Alex breeze at Oaklawn

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Archarcharch, winner of the Southwest Stakes, is likely to be close to 10-1 in Saturday's Rebel Stakes.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Archarcharch was one of a handful of Rebel Stakes probables who hit the track for workouts on a chilly Sunday morning at Oaklawn Park. He breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 in his first drill since winning the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes on Feb. 21.

The Rebel, a Grade 2, $300,000 race on March 19, is a local stepping-stone to the Arkansas Derby.

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Archarcharch worked by himself, in the first set after the morning renovation break, on a 35-degree morning in which the track was fast. With regular rider Jon Court aboard for trainer Jinks Fires, he worked past the wire to the seven-eighths pole, at about 9:10 a.m. Central.

Oaklawn head clocker Jim Hamilton carried Archarcharch through fractions of 12.20 seconds for the opening eighth of a mile, 24.40 for the opening quarter, 37.60 for three furlongs, 49.80 for the half-mile, and 1:01 for five furlongs. The horse galloped out seven furlongs in1:26.60.

Elite Alex, who was third in the Southwest, also worked in the first set after the renovation break, under Calvin Borel. He went in a set of three for trainer Tim Ritchey, and settled about three lengths behind his company in the early stages of the drill. Elite Alex swung to the outside of his workmates into the stretch and easily overtook them past the eighth pole. He went on to cover six furlongs in 1:12.40, while working to the seven-eighths pole.

“That was very awesome,” Borel told Oaklawn media officials immediately following the work. “He reminds me of [Kentucky Derby winner] Street Sense. That’s why I love him so much.”

Elite Alex recorded fractions of 12, 24, 36.20, 47.60, and 59.60.  He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.20.

Caleb’s Posse, the winner of the $100,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn in January for trainer Donnie Von Hemel, also went after the renovation break, breezing five furlongs by himself in 1:02.20.

Alternation, who has won two allowances at the meet for Von Hemel, breezed five furlongs in company at about 7:20 a.m. He broke off about five lengths behind his workmate, rapidly cut into that margin on the turn, came through along the rail into the stretch and went on to best his company while in hand. Alternation went in 59.80 under regular rider Luis Quinonez. Clockers caught him through fractions of 12, 24, 35.80, and 47.40. He galloped out  six furlongs in 1:15.