Kentucky Derby

Two West Coast horses head Rebel Stakes field on road to the Derby

Two West Coast horses head Rebel Stakes field on road to the Derby

This year’s topsy-turvy Kentucky Derby picture will give bettors something more to think about Saturday with the running of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

A couple of West Coast horses — American Anthem and Royal Mo — will head the field of 11 in the $900,000 race over 1 1/16 miles.

A Derby favorite was likely established last Saturday but it lasted for less than a minute after Mastery’s dominating win in the San Felipe at Santa Anita. About 50 yards past the finish line, jockey Mike Smith pulled up the 3-year-old colt and he was vanned off the track. It was discovered he had a condylar fracture of his left front leg and he underwent successful surgery on...