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Rebel Stakes 2013 Results: Will Take Charge Beats Oxbow

Will Take Charge picks up a big victory by edging out Oxbow at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Wesley Hitt

The number of horses locking up a spot in the 2013 Kentucky Derby increased by one on Saturday afternoon as long shot Will Take Charge punched his ticket to Louisville with slim victory over Oxbow in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Den's Legacy rallied to finish third while Texas Bling rounded out the superfecta.

Post time favorite Super Ninety Nine stalked the early speed of Title Contender through moderate fractions of 23.36 and 47.19 for the opening half mile. The favorite took command of the race on the far turn but Oxbow immediately moved to the front and appeared to quickly put away Super Ninety Nine at the top of the stretch. At about the midway point of the stretch, Oxbow's stride began to shorten and Will Take Charge kept reducing his lead with every stride, finally nipping Oxbow withing the shadow of the wire.

The Rebel Stakes is part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race series. The top four finishers in the race earned 50, 20, 10 and 5 points, respectively, towards a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Will Take Charge is a three-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song out of a Dehere mare (Take Charge Lady), trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by John Court. Ironically, John Court rode Oxbow in his last two races but was taken off Oxbow mount and replaced by Mike Smith prior to the Rebel.

In the race immediately preceding the Rebel, Tiz Miz Sue upset heavily favored My Miss Aurelia to win the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes.

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Rebel Stakes:

Horse Win Place Show
7-Will Take Charge $58.00 $16.20 $9.80
9-Oxbow $7.80 $5.60
6-Den's Legacy $6.00

Base Bet Combo Payout Pays to -
$1.00 Exacta 7/9 $137.90
$0.50 Trifecta 7/9/6 $581.15
$0.10 Superfecta 7/9/6/3 $1,764.80

Distance Fraction Internal
1/4: 23.36 23.36
1/2: 47.19 23.83
3/4: 1:12.39 25.20
Mile: 1:38.44 26.05
Finish: 1:45.18 6.74

And below is the updated Kentucky Derby points leaderboard, according to

Rank Horse Points Trainer
1 Will Take Charge 60 D. Wayne Lukas
2 Vyjack 50 Rudy Rodriguez
Orb 50 Shug McGaughey III
Verrazano 50 Todd Pletcher
Hear the Ghost 50 Jerry Hollendorfer
6 Oxbow 36 D. Wayne Lukas
7 Flashback 30 Bob Baffert
8 Goldencents 29 Doug O'Neill
9 Shanghai Bobby 24 Todd Pletcher
10 Java's War 22 Ken McPeek
11 Den's Legacy 20 Bob Baffert
Falling Sky 20 John Terranova II
West Hills Giant 20 John Terranova II
Code West 20 Bob Baffert
15 Dynamic Sky 13 Mark Casse
16 Speak Logistics 11 Eddie Plesa Jr.
17 Itsmyluckyday 10 Eddie Plesa Jr.
Overanalyze 10 Todd Pletcher
Uncaptured 10 Mark Casse
Super Ninety Nine 10 Bob Baffert
Power Broker 10 Bob Baffert
Revolutionary 10 Todd Pletcher
Elnaawi 10 Kiaran McLaughlin
Palace Malice 10 Todd Pletcher
Tiz a Minister 10 Paul Aguirre
26 Texas Bling 9 Danele Durham
27 Siete de Oros 7 Ramon Preciado
28 He's Had Enough 6 Doug O'Neill
Fear the Kitten 6 Mike Maker
30 Tesseron 5 Josie Carroll
31 Capo Bastone 4 Todd Pletcher
Normandy Invasion 4 Chad Brown
Golden Soul 4 Dallas Stewart
Escapefromreality 4 Dominick Schettino
Frac Daddy 4 Ken McPeek
36 Fortify 3 Mahmood Al Zarooni
37 Mylute 2 Tom Amoss
Carving 2 Bob Baffert
Clearly Now 2 Brian Lynch
Heaven's Runway 2 Joseph Martin
My Name Is Michael 2 Bill Mott
Always in a Tiz 2 Dominick Schettino
Delhomme 2 Todd Pletcher
Dewey Square 2 Dale Romans
Manando 2 Bob Baffert
46 Pataky Kid 1 Tom Proctor
Amerigo Vespucci 1 Timothy Tullock Jr.
Dry Summer 1 Jeff Mullins
Joshua's Comprise 1 Barry Rose
Quinzieme Monarque 1 Tom Albertrani
Channel Isle 1 D. Wayne Lukas
Little Jerry 1 Richard Baltas