03/09/2007 1:00AM

Teuflesberg among arrivals for Rebel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - With the arrival of Teuflesberg from Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Thursday night, all seven early probables for Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Rebel Stakes are on the grounds at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is the final prep for the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby here April 14.

Teuflesberg will be one of the top choices in the Rebel off his victory in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on Feb. 19. He earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 100 in that race. Teuflesberg trained here on Friday.

"He'll work Sunday," said trainer Jamie Sanders.

Teuflesberg will be ridden in the Rebel by Stewart Elliott.

Officer Rocket, who finished a fast-closing second to Teuflesberg in the Southwest, was to breeze here this weekend, according to trainer Bob Holthus. Luis Quinonez has the mount on Officer Rocket, who, Holthus said, has thrived since the Southwest. Officer Rocket won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity in a dead heat last fall at Arlington Park.

Flying First Class figures to be favored in the Rebel. He earned a 107 Beyer for his maiden win last out at Oaklawn; that's the highest Beyer earned by a 3-year-old so far in 2007. He returned to the track on Friday for the first time since his a strong six-furlong work in 1:12.17 here Wednesday.

"He's great," said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Flying First Class and will have Edgar Prado ride him.

Wannabeinclued, who finished a troubled fourth in the $200,000 Cradle Stakes last fall at River Downs, will start in the Rebel, said his trainer, Cecil Borel. In his most recent start, Wannabeinclued was third in a first-level allowance here Feb. 17. Joe Johnson will ride.

Curlin, who earned a Beyer of 101 for a maiden win last out at Gulfstream Park, is making his stakes debut in the Rebel. He is trained by Steve Asmussen and will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Going Ballistic, a two-time stakes winner, also is being pointed to the Rebel, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. He was scheduled to work over the weekend at Oaklawn, and will be ridden in the Rebel by Cliff Berry.

Xchanger, the Grade 3 Sapling winner who was a close fifth in the Southwest for trainer Mark Shuman, is also scheduled to start next in the Rebel. He will be ridden by John Jacinto.

Entries for the Rebel will be drawn on Wednesday. The race will be aired live on ESPN.

Grisham scholarship fund at $10,000

A fund-raiser last month honoring Don Grisham, an Oaklawn publicity staff member who previously worked for Daily Racing Form for 35 years, raised $10,000 for a scholarship in Grisham's name. It will be awarded to a student who attends Grisham's alma mater, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The fund-raiser drew 175 people, including such admirers of Grisham as television analyst Randy Moss and longtime trainers Holthus and Jinks Fires. Among others in attendance were trainers Lynn Whiting and Dan Peitz and the owner Gus Blass II.

"I just felt particularly honored because so many horse people were there," said Grisham.

Grisham was born in Hot Springs, Ark., and covered Oaklawn and the Chicago tracks for Daily Racing Form. He retired in January 1993. Grisham then joined the publicity staff at Oaklawn.

"It keeps my hand in the game," he said. "Some of these guys, they walk away and you never see them again."

Grisham, 76, keeps mementos from his life in racing at his home office in Hot Springs, from meeting Whirlaway as a child at Oaklawn to his coverage of John Henry's win in the inaugural Arlington Million.

"Every piece of wall's got something on it," he said. "You can't tell it's paneled because I've got pictures and news articles and whatnot."

Grisham celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Iris, last August. They met in a communications class at Henderson.

Borel back at Oaklawn

Jockey Calvin Borel was back working horses at Oaklawn early Friday morning, a day after he was forced to miss a card here. Borel was off his mounts Thursday after some travel complications slowed him from getting back to Oaklawn from Florida, where he worked 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Street Sense.

Borel was caught in a traffic jam caused by an accident in Florida, and it caused him to miss his flight to Arkansas, said Jerry Hissam, Borel's agent.

"He just missed the flight, and the next one wasn't out of there until later, and we didn't get him in here until 5 o'clock [Thursday] afternoon," said Hissam.

* High Heels worked seven furlongs in 1:26.41 here Friday in preparation for the $100,000 Honeybee. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies will be run on March 16. High Heels is trained by Gary Hartlage.