KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Rebel Stakes video featuring American Pharoah

Two-year-old champion American Pharoah begins his march towards Kentucky Derby 2015 in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

American Pharoah looms a short priced wire-to-wire winner on Saturday. Bob Baffert owns the Rebel Stakes and his promising colt is training lights out for his first start in more than five months.

Graded Recaps

G2 San Felipe (104 BSF): Dortmund needed an easy race and got it here. He went straight to the front and comfortably went all the way to remain undefeated. The improving Prospect Park finished 2nd and turf specialist Bolo ended up a respectable 3rd.

G2 Tampa Bay Derby (98 BSF): Carpe Diem remains my top ranked Derby contender after a facile win to begin his sophomore campaign in Florida. Queen’s Plate favorite Ami’s Flatter added lasix and blinkers and finished a decent 2nd. Diving Rod was 3rd and Ocean Knight finished up the track in a very disappointing effort. Souper Colossal spiked a temperature and scratched. He is feeling better now but is off the Derby trail.

G3 Gotham (89 BSF): El Kabeir showed a new rallying dimension and continues to rack up Derby points. His versatility is a big weapon, along with his professionalism. Lightly raced and well-bred Tiz Shea D was 2nd and Classy Class crossed the line in 3rd.

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Last Start: 1st in G2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.

Comments: He is expected to have his final Derby prep in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, April 4.

Derby Points (64)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Last Start: 1st in G2 San Felipe on March 7.

Comments: After back-to-back grueling efforts, he got a much needed easy wire job win in the San Felipe.

Derby Points (70)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 1st in G2 Risen Star.

Comments: Lecomte-Risen Star will probably return to Fair Grounds for the G2 LA Derby on March 28.

Derby Points (71)

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 6f from the gate in 1:10.40 (1/36) at Santa Anita on March 6.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. 2YO Champ returned to the work tab on Feb 2. The G2 Rebel at Oaklawn on Saturday is next.

Derby Points (10)

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir silks

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Last Start: 1st in G3 Gotham Stakes on March 7.

Comments: The former early-pressing type added a new closing weapon to his arsenal in the Gotham Stakes.

Derby Points (75)

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Last Start: Close 2nd in G2 San Vicente on Feb 1.

Comments: Used swimming therapy (through March 7) to help heal his foot abscess and is expected to return to the worktab at Santa Anita on March 14. It looks like one more Derby prep, probably the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4. If he needs an extra week, the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11 is the backup plan.

Derby Points (12)

  1. UPSTART (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold) upstart silks

Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Latest Published Workout: 6f in 1:13.40 (2/4) at Palm Meadows on March 13.

Last Start: Disqualified from 1st and placed 2nd in G2 Fountain of Youth.

Comments: Crossed the line first in the FOY but did not look like the sharp Holy Bull winner.

Derby Points (36)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 6f in 1:11.65 (1/4) at Palm Meadows on March 13.

Last Start: Fading 4th in G2 Fountain of Youth.

Comments: He competes next in the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, or Blue Grass.

Derby Points (13)

  1. DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) daredevil silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Last Start: 2nd in G2 Swale.

Comments: A solid place finish in his Swale return should set him up nicely for an upcoming two turn Derby prep.

Derby Points (10)

  1. FIRING LINE (Line of David – Sister Girl Blues, by Hold for Gold) firing line silks

Trainer: Simon Callaghan – Owner: Arnold Zetcher

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.80 (8/22) at Santa Anita on March 8.

Last Start: 2nd in G3 Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb 7.

Comments: Gave undefeated Dortmund a big scare in the Los Al Futurity and Robert Lewis Stakes.

Derby Points (8)

  1. PROSPECT PARK (Tapit – Quiet Romance, by Bertrando) prospect park silks

Trainer: Clifford Sise Jr. – Owner: Martin & Pam Wygod

Last Start: 2nd in G2 San Felipe on March 7.

Comments: Rapidly improving colt earned important Derby points in the San Felipe.

Derby Points (20)

Honorable Mention: (12) Far From Over, (13) Itsaknockout, (14) Far Right, (15) War Story, (16) Mr. Z, (17) Imperia, (18) The Truth Or Else, (19) Metaboss, (20) Classy Class, (21) Royal Son, (22) Ami’s Flatter, (23) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (24) Ocean Knight, (25) Bolo

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