Zing Zang, Asmussen’s Big Gray, Completes Prep For Rebel

Jackpot Ranch’s Zing Zang completed major preparations for Saturday’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds by working a half-mile in :50.80 over a fast track Monday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

Asmussen said he would also like the gray son of super sire Tapit to have a fast track for the 1 1/16-mile Rebel, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the G1 Arkansas Derby April 14.

The late-running Zing Zang finished fifth, beaten 8 ¼ lengths by My Boy Jack, in the G3 Southwest Stakes  Feb. 19, a 1 1/16-mile race that was run over a muddy, sealed surface.

According to weatherunderground.com, there is a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, with temperatures approaching 80 degrees.

“That’s what we’re really hoping for,” Asmussen said of a fast racing surface. “He’s as heavy a horse as I have in training, and I don’t necessarily think that body type appreciates a quagmire.”

Zing Zang was racing on off track for the first time in the Southwest, Oaklawn’s second major two-turn test for 3-year-olds. Zing Zang broke his maiden at a mile and 70 yards Dec. 16 at Fair Grounds before finishing fourth, beaten seven lengths, in the G3 Lecomte Stakes Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds.

The Rebel will award 85 points to the top four finishers (50-20-10-5) toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby.

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