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Court, Fires Like What They See


Jon Court really likes his mount for the Grade II Rebel Stakes this weekend. And so does Court's father-in-law, the trainer.

Archarcharch breezed at Oaklawn Park yesterday for Jinks Fires. The work was delayed when a horse got loose while Archarcharch was standing on the track. He was calm while that matter was resolved and then went four furlongs in :47.60 (1/31) under Court.

"Arch knew he was going to work," said Fires. "He was feeling good. We'd like to run two in the Rebel - Arch and (Bluegrass) Jam."

Court has ridden Archarcharch in his four previous races and said the son of Arch is doing better now than he was before winning the Grade III Southwest Stakes.

"In my opinion, he has really progressed since that race," said Court. "Before the Southwest, I felt there was still room for him to improve, and now he's graduated to the next level. He handled things well today. We wanted a nice tightner, and that's what we got."

--By Dick Downey

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