CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH RETURNS A WINNER IN REBEL STAKES

Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, American Pharoah proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. An estimated crowd of 30,000 was on hand to witness the 2014 Champion Juvenile Male splash home a winner in a final time of 1:45 3/5 for 1 1/16 on a track labeled sloppy by post time.
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CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH READY FOR REBEL

The horse with the short tail casts a long shadow. Champion American Pharoah is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-mile race that has been dominated in recent years by the colt’s trainer, Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
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TAPITURE RETURNS TO OAKLAWN IN RAZORBACK

The field for the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn is so deep that the only Grade 1 winner in the field is a 12-1 outsider on the morning line. Tapiture, the 5-2 program favorite, is among seven older horses entered in the 1 1/16-mile Razorback, the final major local prep for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 11.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, March 13

You can’t fight Mother Nature was the mantra on Friday morning from the connections of contenders for Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) and $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). Despite heavy rains that interrupted training so the sloppy racing strip could be sealed after the break, preparations progressed without problems.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - March 12

Zayat Stables’ homebred American Pharoah, who arrived Wednesday afternoon to contest Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), went out Thursday morning right after the break for a gallop once around on a sealed track that was rated as “good” due to morning rain. The especially handsome and particularly well-conformed reigning 2-year-old champion colt earned admiring looks and accolades.
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CHAMPIONS UNTAPABLE AND AMERICAN PHAROAH MAKE 2015 DEBUTS ON OAKLAWN’S RACING FESTIVAL OF THE SOUTH PREVIEW DAY SATURDAY

American Pharoah, the reigning Eclipse Award-winning 2-year old male, and Untapable, last year’s unanimous choice as the 3-year-old champion filly, will kick off their much anticipated 2015 campaigns at Oaklawn Park Saturday when the historic track presents three graded stakes races on an expanded 11-race program being billed as “Racing Festival of the South Preview Day.”
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