2020 Rebel Stakes Race Favorites, Longshots and Predictions
2020 Rebel Stakes Race Favorites, Longshots and Predictions – Kentucky Derby preparations intensify with the 2020 edition of the Rebel Stakes Race. The event will flag off on Saturday, March 14, at the Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Post time is at 6:42 PM ET. Three-year-old horses will compete in the 1 1/16-mile (1.709-kilometer) race. These valuable Derby points await the top four finishers.
The first placer gets 50 points. 20, 10 and five points await the second, third and fourth placers, respectively. Eight entries are listed as probable starters for the USD1-million race. This will give a chance for other horses to gain points and possible tickets to the Kentucky Derby. Online bookmakers favor Hopeful Stakes winner Basin, eight-race veteran Silver Prospector and Bob Baffert-trained Nadal as the three top bets for the pre-Kentucky Derby race.
2020 Rebel Stakes Race
When: Saturday, March 14, 6:23 PM ET
Where: Oaklawn Park Race Track, Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
The Rebel Stakes Race is a Grade 2 horse race for threes year olds. It is the second part of Oaklawn Park’s three-part stakes program with the first being the Southwest Stakes and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby the third. The first race was held in 1961 with Bass Clef winning the event. Notable winners include 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin at Lucky, 2004 Kentucky and Preakness top horse Smarty Jones and the latest Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who took home the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 2015.
During last year’s race, Omaha Beach beat opponents like Game Winner and Market King. They took home Rebel Stakes top prize with a time of one minute and 42.42 seconds. The victory placed the horse as morning-line favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. However, when the doctors found out that the colt had an entrapped epiglottis, it was scratched out.
Betting on Horse Racing at the 2020 Rebel Stakes Race
The 2020 Rebel Stakes Race will possibly feature eight battle-tested three-year-old horses seeking for valuable points in the Kentucky Derby. Among the horses that are listed to compete in the USD1-million are Nadal, who won his first two races with the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes as his latest victory.
Other entries that can figure in a superb showdown to the finish include American Theorem. He is the son of the legendary American Pharoah. The horse finished second in a Grade 1 stakes race named after his father. Another includes Silver Prospector. He is an eight-race veteran who topped three of his last five races. This included the Southwest Stakes and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. There’s Basin who gained two consecutive victories with his last being the Hopeful Stakes. Another horse that can pull off a surprise is No Parole, who has not lost in three starts.
2020 Rebel Stakes Race – Possible Entries
- Nadal (9-5)*
- Excession (20-1)
- Basin (7-2)
- Silver Prospector (4-1)
- No Parole (6-1)
- Three Technique (6-1)
- Coach Bahe (20-1)
- American Theorem (10-1)
2020 Rebel Stakes Race Pick
The race is a toss-up with all of the entries capable of winning the pre-Kentucky Derby race. However, horse race betmakers favor Nadal and Silver Prospector to figure in a battle for the top honors but talented horses like the unbeaten No Parole, Wells Bayou, Basin and American Theorem can make the race more interesting. In the end, Nadal will emerge victorious in a close race.