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March 19 Racing News Archive


The Factor Speeds to Rebel Victory
A field decimated to nine starters from an original cast of 13 saw The Factor speed away to victory in the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. More....

Rogue Romance Off Triple Crown Trail
Rogue Romance, who was assured a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to his high graded stakes earnings, will miss the Run for the Roses and the Triple Crown with a fracture in his left forefoot. More....

Elite Alex Out of Rebel
After drawing an outside post for the Grade II Rebel, trainer Tim Ritchey scratched Elite Alex today and will enter him instead in next Saturday's Grade II Louisiana Derby. Calvin Borel retains the mount. Meanwhile, the prospective field for the New Orleans race has grown considerably.  More....

La. Derby List Grows to 13
After a mid-week report that there were only five horses listed by the Fair Grounds racing office at probable for the Grade II Louisiana Derby, it now looks like 13 will be entered tomorrow. More....

Notable Quotes
“I work the horse all the time, and his last two were excellent. He really galloped out strong. He’s still a baby, still maturing, still learning. When he worked (March 12) in 1:12, he really relaxed.”--Martin Garcia talking about The Factor

Regarding Sway Away's recent 1:23.60 work at seven furlongs at Santa Anita. “That’s the fastest of 112 seven-furlong works since the start of the meet on Dec. 26 through Thursday,” said Jon White, who makes Santa Anita’s morning line. “(It) was two-fifths faster than the second-best clocking of the 112 works.

Mucho Macho Man Puts in Final Drill for La. Derby
Mucho Macho Man put in a workout today at Gulfstream Park ahead of a trip to New Orleans next week for the Grade II Louisiana Derby. The likely favorite for the race breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02.60 (18/25) for trainer Kathy Ritvo. More....

Rebel Stakes Facts and Figures
Race inaugurated: 1961 – Bas Clef
Track record: 1:40 1/5 – Heatherten (1984) and 1:40 1/5 – Hang on Slewpy (1991)
3yo Stakes record*: 1:41 – Vanlandingham (1984)
Stakes record: 1:40 4/5 – Betemight (1967)
Slowest running*: 1:46 – Nuits St. Seorges (1990)
Last sub-1:42 time: 1:41 2/5 – Demons Begone (1987) More....

Sway Away Owner Hopes Third Derby Trail Trip Works
Getting to March with a leading 3-year-old prospect is not new for owner Phil Lebherz. It's getting through May that's been difficult. Lebherz is one of several partners sending Sway Away into action in Saturday's Grade II Rebel Stakes. More....

Lots of Probables for the Vinery Racing Spiral
An overflow field looks likely for next Saturday's Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. More....

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