Barn Notes March 20: REBEL STAKES RECAP

Cupid gave trainer Bob Baffert his record sixth win in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes in the last seven runnings of the race, and the morning after he was so still impressed with the son of Tapit that he plans to send him back for the Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby April 16.
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CUPID BRINGS HOME SIXTH REBEL VICTORY FOR BAFFERT

Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, March 19, 2016) – One year after winning the Rebel Stakes with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert finally returned with the right horse after two unsuccessful trips earlier this season and won the $900,000 race with Coolmore’s Cupid. Overall, it was Baffert’s sixth victory in the race since 2010. His other winners were champion Lookin at Lucky, Secret Circle, The Factor and Hoppertunity.
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CALL PAT, UPSTART TRIUMPH IN REBEL UNDERCARD STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, March 19, 2016) – It was a different year, but the same result in the Grade 2 $350,000 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Saturday when champion and odds-on favorite Untapablewas narrowly defeated when making her seasonal debut after a protracted layoff. This time it was Call Pat who denied the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred by employing her patented late closing kick to capture her second consecutive graded stakes race here.
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SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS LEADS FULL FIELD IN SATURDAY’S REBEL

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, March 18, 2016) – A full field of 14 is entered in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn, including 3-1 program favorite Suddenbreakingnews. Probable post time for the race, the 10th of 11 races, is 6:06 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. Weather permitting, the infield will be open for the first time this season Saturday.
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Barn Notes March 18: RAZORBACK AND AZERI UPDATE

Trainer Ignacio Correas said Idolo Porteno is probably best suited for 1 ½ miles on grass. So the 2014 Argentine Horse of the Year will make his American debut on dirt, at 1 1/16 miles, in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes March 18: AZERI UPDATES

Zenyatta and Azeri are among the very fine fillies and mares who have shipped to Oaklawn Park from Southern California over the decades and captured important graded stakes. Now trainer Peter Eurton hopes that Kyriaki will soon join such esteemed company when she contests Saturday's Grade 2 $350,000 event named in honor of Azeri.
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