SportsLine’s Jody Demling says he “wasn’t wowed” by means of what he noticed in closing weekend’s preps. However Demling — as with maximum different 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Ballot citizens — is anticipating top affect from Saturday’s Rebellion Stakes (G2) that includes top-ranked Recreation Winner and Improbable.

Whilst un-raced up to now at age 3, the Bob Baffert trainees persisted to steer Monday’s re-creation of the Derby Media Ballot, assembled by means of Horse Racing Country with illustration by means of the Day by day Racing Shape, BloodHorse and Thoroughbred Day by day Information, amongst different racing trade business publications and common information shops.

“Showdown time at Sizzling Springs because the Baffert duo sq. off,” stated Mike Hartnett, weekend sports activities anchor for Louisville’s NBC associate, WAVE 3. “Do we get the definitive Derby favourite after the working of the Rebellion?”

Recreation Winner, the undefeated son of Sweet Experience, won 19 first-place votes on this week’s Derby Media Ballot, with Incredible’s seven the next-highest. General, on the other hand, they had been separated by means of simply 13 general issues.

The 2 had been at the start anticipated to fulfill closing Saturday, however the transient shutdown of racing at Santa Anita Park resulted in cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes (G2). Baffert has since showed each will send to Arkansas, the place they’re anticipated to run in separate divisions of the Rebellion valued at $750,000 apiece.

“Rerouting to the Rebellion may just finally end up being a blessing in conceal for Baffert,” stated Horse Racing Country’s Brian Zipse. “With cut up divisions nearly a simple task, he might neatly stay Recreation Winner and Incredible separated till the primary Saturday in Would possibly. Getting each a win and a few early self assurance this season can be a great get started at the Derby path.”

“Hats off to Oaklawn Park for selecting up the ball and providing to run two divisions of the Rebellion Stakes,” added The Downey Profile’s Dick Downey. “That is easy methods to run a racetrack.”

More than one graded stakes winner Warfare of Will remained ranked 3rd this week, and Fountain of Adolescence (G2) hero Code of Honor caught at fourth. Bourbon Warfare, a runner-up at Gulfstream Park, nudged his manner into 5th, simply forward of Baffert-trained Mucho Gusto.

From there, closing weekend’s preps in spite of everything made an affect as Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tacitus landed in 7th. Haikal, who took the Gotham Stakes (G3), was once 10th, and Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Somelikeithotbrown wound up 24th by means of votes.

“Loopy week of prep races with one being canceled and the opposite 3 all having an excessively rapid tempo all through,” stated TimformUS’ Craig Milkowski. “I doubt the winner of any of the 3 had been in lots of height 10 lists earlier than this week. Perhaps the Rebellion(s) subsequent week can deliver some order.”

Galilean (12th), Gunmetal Grey (tied for 15th) and Omaha Seashore (19th) are different Derby Media Ballot-ranked contenders anticipated to run within the Rebellion — each and every of them, as with Recreation Winner and Incredible, making the send from the West Coast.

“Santa Anita’s loss no doubt is Oaklawn Park’s achieve,” stated Jon White, odds maker on the California observe.

“Saturday’s Rebellion Stakes goes to let us know so much concerning the Kentucky Derby image,” added Artwork Wilson, reporter for the Southern California Information Team, “perhaps extra so than some other Derby prep up to now.”

Kentucky Derby Media Ballot (Week 3)
 Horse (1st-place votes) IssuesEarlier 
 1. Recreation Winner (19) 594 1
 2. Incredible (7) 581 2
 3. Warfare of Will (3) 537 3
 4. Code of Honor 442 4
 5. Bourbon Warfare 435 7
 6. Mucho Gusto 391 5
 7. Tacitus 343 NR
 8. Nation Area 312 8
 9. Hidden Scroll 302 9
 10. Haikal 269 NR
 11. Roadster 265 12
 12. Galilean (1) 259 11
 13. Instagrand (1) 213 6
 14. Vekoma 212 10
 T15. Tax 174 14
 T15. Gunmetal Grey 174 13
 17. Thoughts Keep watch over 131 18
 18. Harvey Wallbanger 128 16
 19. Omaha Seashore 89 NR
 20. Outshine 82 NR

Subsequent 10 receiving votes: Win Win Win, Anothertwistafate, Signalman, Somelikeithotbrown, Lengthy Vary Toddy, Derivative, Nolo Contesto, Sueno, A lot Higher, Alwaysmining.

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