Rebel Winners Well on Sunday

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Omaha Beach was well on Sunday morning after his win of division two of the Rebel Stakes. He'll be flown back to California on Tuesday. As for his next start?

“We’ll just have to play it by ear,” trainer Richard Mandella said.

Omaha Beach, sent off as the 4-1 second choice, beat odds-on favorite Game Winner by a nose, earning a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 96 – a career high -- in his stakes debut and first start outside California.

“He was set to go here (all along),” Mandella said of Omaha Beach. “Extra Hope was set to run in the San Felipe out there. And when this happened, we ran them both. And the other horse ran well, too. He had kind of a mixed-up trip. He can do better than that (fourth in the other Rebel division).”

Long Range Toddy

Long Range Toddy, winner of the other Rebel division, also was doing well on Sunday morning, said Darren Fleming, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

“Everything’s good,” Fleming said. Long Range Toddy also earned a career-high Beyer (95) for his neck victory over odds-on Improbable.

Long Range Toddy has been, and is, pointing to the Arkansas Derby. The son of Take Charge Indy races for his breeder, Willis Horton of Marshall, Ark., who won the 2013 Rebel with eventual 3-year-old champion male Will Take Charge.

Long Range Toddy ran in Oaklawn’s first two Kentucky Derby points races, finishing second in the Smarty Jones Stakes and third in the Southwest Stakes.

Baffert Twosome

Bob Baffert said following Saturday's races that Improbable will probably return for the Arkansas Derby. Game Winner is pointed to the Santa Anita Derby a week earlier.

Edited release