Gone Rebel Holds Off Favorite To Win Anoakia

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Posted 10.24.10 at 5:32

Gone Rebel scored a front-running victory in the Anoakia Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 24, 2010)—Gone Rebel became the latest Darley Debutante success story, leading virtually throughout to win the $60,080 Anoakia Stakes Sunday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

Owned by David and Holly Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Gone Rebel, the 5-2 second choice, became the fifth filly exiting the Debutante, a Grade I run Sept. 4 at Del Mar, to win next time out.

Three of those coming out of the Debutante were subsequent Grade I winners – Wickedly Perfect in the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland, A Z Warrior in the Frizette at Belmont Park and Rigoletta, who upset Debutante winner Tell a Kelly, in the Oak Leaf Stakes here Oct. 3.

Leaving from the outside post under jockey Patrick Valenzuela, Gone Rebel, a 2-year-old daughter of Macabe out of the Honour and Glory mare Rebel Gal, didn’t take long to establish the advantage, ultimately prevailing by three-quarters of a length over 4-5 favorite Tales in Excess.

Winning for the first time in four starts since being privately purchased by her current connections, Gone Rebel ran the six furlongs in 1:10.38.

An easy winner against maidens in her May 9 debut at Lone Star Park, Gone Rebel is now 2-for-5. She increased her earnings to $61,500.

Providing Cerin with his first Oak Tree stakes win since Albertus Maximus won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Gone Rebel paid $7, $3.60 and $2.10.

Tales in Excess, who lost for a second time in a row as the odds-on choice, paid $2.40 and $2.10. Pleasing Sunrise, who finished a half-length behind Tales in Excess, returned $2.10 to show.

Blazing Along, who was trying to give trainer Bob Baffert back-to-back Anoakia victories, and Hanakkuh completed the order of finish.

Cerin said Gone Rebel could return to her home state to take on other Louisiana breds in the $250,000 Louisiana Jewel Nov. 20 at Delta Downs. The Jewel is one mile. Gone Rebel has yet to run beyond seven furlongs.

Racing resumes Wednesday. Post time is 1 p.m.

There is also an adjustment to the calendar during the final week of the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet. Racing will be conducted Thursday afternoon (1 p.m.) instead of the originally scheduled 7:05 p.m. post.
Entries will be taken Wednesday morning for the 21st California Cup. The Cal Cup consists of seven stakes races for horses bred in the state with purses totaling $700,000.

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