No Parole Gets Class Test in Rebel Stakes
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Much of the racing across the nation will be conducted behind closed doors due to the outbreak of COVID-19, but Saturday’s races are some of the best and most competitive seen all year. TVG will be broadcasting all the major stakes races, including the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park.
The 2020 Kentucky Derby prep race features unbeaten Nadal, who will take on a field including another unbeaten colt, No Parole. The Louisiana-bred son of Violence is trained by Tom Amoss, who has guided him to three effortless victories. First came a maiden race at the Fair Grounds by 14 ¼ lengths, then an allowance by 13 ¼. No Parole got his first stakes test in the Premier Prince Stakes for Louisiana-breds on February 8 at Delta Downs; he also had to go two turns for the first time. He won by 6 ½ lengths, geared down.
No Parole now steps up into graded company against a host of legitimate Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Nadal broke his maiden first out for trainer Bob Baffert, winning a January 19 maiden race by nearly four lengths. He was expected to go in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, but instead was ready to go early and showed up in the San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita, where he defeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) hero Storm the Court. The son of Blame takes the blinkers off for this, and Joel Rosario will retain the mount.
Trainer Steve Asmussen will fire three shots against the top two, including Silver Prospector. The son of Declaration of War won the Southwest Stakes over this trip, and also took the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs last fall. He has won three of eight starts.
Asmussen’s second entry is Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner Basin, who has not run since that September 2 race. The son of Liam’s Map will have Javier Castellano up for the first time; he has worked ten times for his return to the races. Excession rounds out Asmussen’s entrants.
American Theorem shipped in with Nadal, and has something to prove. The son of American Pharoah was one of the top choices for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after running second in the Grade 1 race named for his sire, but was forced to miss the race and hasn’t run since. He was an impressive maiden winner at Del Mar and has been well conditioned for this by trainer George Papaprodromou.
Three Technique is the last of the main contenders. He won two races in a row last year, at Saratoga and Aqueduct, then returned to be second as the favorite in the Smarty Jones Stakes here January 24. That was over a mile, but the son of Mr Speaker stretches out further for this. Jeremiah Englehart trains; Luis Saez will ride.
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