Rebel draws 13, led by Secret Circle and Sabercat// Motor City off trail// Byrne confident with Take Charge Indy

A not-so-quite full field will line up for Saturday’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Saturday.  Southwest (G3) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle and Delta Jackpot (G3) winner Sabercat undoubtedly lead the field. Aside from those two, there are challengers that must be respected including; Scatman who gave Secret Circle everything he could handle in the Southwest; Adirondack King who ran longer than most in his his 3rd place finish in the Southwest; Jake Mo who bounced back to form with a 2nd place finish in the other division of the Southwest; and allowance winners Atigun and Najjaar who both have won at the Rebel distance and probably prefer going even farther.  Preview articles and link to PPs can be found below// Motor City is officially off the Derby Trail.  Trainer Ian Wilkes says the Iroquois (G3) winner is too far behind in preparation. Wilkes’s other charge Neck n’ Neck is possible for the Florida Derby (G1)// Speaking of the Florida Derby, trainer Patrick Byrne is still high on his prospect Take Charge Indy.  He has no regrets with scratching from the Tampa Derby (G2) and thinks the added distance will help// Maiden winner and Zayat Stables owned Paynter will point for the Illinois Derby (G2) as a hopeful stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby// A nice video interview below with Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Farm on Creative Cause…

Rebel (G2)
PPs: Click here (look for 3/17 Secret Circle)
Picks: That Handicapping Show (Bloodhorse) / Late mover could win runnin’ Rebel (The Downey Profile)


Majestic Stride OP- 5F- 1.04:60- B- 23/23
Bourbon Courage FG- 4F- 48:20- B- 6/52
Right to Vote PMM- 5F- 1.01:65 B- 1/4