Oaklawn Park is not only a great place to prep for the Kentucky Derby but also a track that normally gets it right. In their upcoming Derby prep not so much.
Horses trained by Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, and Richard Mandella were split equitably into the two divisions of the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes on Saturday when the race was drawn. Trainer Steve Asmussen’s six horses were not, with two in one division and four in the other, an obvious error or oversight by the Oaklawn Stewards. It can happen to anybody.