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Rebel Workers Get Head Start on Weekend


Three Based at Oaklawn Breeze

It was a busy morning for Rebel Stakes local prospects as Petrov, Silver Dust and Uncontested all breezed.

Ron Moquett confirmed Petrov for the Rebel today after the gray son of Flatter breezed a half-mile in :49 just after the track opened under Greta Kuntzweiler. He had been thinking about waiting for the Arkansas Derby.

“The way I looked at it is if this race had been a normal type of race, it would be a no-brainer,” Moquett said. “But, you really have to consider the amount of effort these horses are going to have to give. This is a real, real tough race.”

Moquett said Jose Ortiz again will ride Petrov in the Rebel. Ortiz rode the colt in the Smarty Jones and Southwest.

Other locally based horses pointing for the Rebel include Lookin At Lee and Silver Dust, third and fourth, respectively, in the Southwest; Untrapped, a recent arrival for Steve Asmussen; and Silver Bullion, a maiden race winner trained by D. Wayne Lukas. American Anthem is being pointed to the Rebel by Bob Baffert, and John Shirreffs may ship Royal Mo from California as well.

Silver Dust

Following the renovation break Friday morning, Silver Dust breezed six furlongs in company in 1:14.60 for trainer Randy Morse.

“Doing good,” Morse said before the work.

Morse said Corey Lanerie would retain the mount on Silver Dust, who was making his stakes, two turn and 3-year-old debuts in the Southwest.


Working just after the track opened Friday morning was Smarty Jones winner Uncontested, who blazed five furlongs in :58.80, easily the fastest time of the day for the distance, under regular rider Channing Hill.

Clockers caught the speedy son of Tiz Wonderful galloping out six furlongs in 1:10.60 and seven furlongs in 1:24.80.

“The time speaks for itself,” Hill said. “He went good.”

Co-owner Harry Rosenblum said following the work that Uncontested is “highly probable” for the Rebel “off of that breeze.”

“The way he came back, he wasn’t winded at all,” Rosenblum said. “Channing said the way he came back to the barn is exactly the way he pulled up – not winded at all.”

Uncontested, after leading for much of the race, finished sixth as the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Southwest. Trained by Wayne Catalano, he was a record-setting 5 1/4-length winner of the Smarty Jones.

Edited Oaklawn release with additional content by Dick Downey

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