Description: Hoppertunity (KY) B , C, foaled May 7, 2011 (Any Given Saturday - Refugee, by Unaccounted For) survived a rugged stretch drive to win the 1 1/16 miles $600K Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 15, 2014. The Rebel was run over a sealed surface rated wet-fast due to recent rains. Hoppertunity and rider Mike Smith had a dream trip tracking the leaders, Strong Mandate and Ride On Curlin from the outside and Tapiture was constantly looking for racing room to his inside in 4th. Around the far turn and inside the 1/4 pole the four of them came abreast across the track as Tapiture bulled his way between horses and Hoppertunity stayed his course to the outside. The Steward's immediately posted the inquiry sign as there was contact made into deep stretch. However, Tapiture was the one making contact in his effort to get some running room. Hoppertunity ran out of there and won the race on his own merit, there was no change in the order of finish. Hoppertunity won by a 1/2 length over Tapiture. Tapiture was 1/2 length in front of Ride On Curlin who out finished Strong Mandate for 3rd. Hoppertunity is 2 of 4 lifetime starts and he has earned $410,720 and he has 55 total points towards a Kentucky Derby start. He was bred by Betz, D.J. Stable, Kidder, Betz, and Robenalt and he is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. Bob Baffert is the trainer. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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