Cupid leapt onto the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with his win in Saturday's Rebel Stakes. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)
The countdown to the Kentucky Derby is on, and with the run for the roses on the horizon we’re sharing our favorite reaction tweets to the races on the road to the Triple Crown! This week, we’re looking at the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, where Cupid took home the win, the lion’s share of $900,000 in prize money, and 50 Kentucky Derby points!
Cupid wins the feature race, the 56th running of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes for Bob Baffert at #OaklawnRacing! pic.twitter.com/osrbTiLQo0
— Oaklawn Park (@OaklawnRacing) March 19, 2016
Cupid's arrow went a bit askew, but ultimately runs true in the G2 Rebel Stakes!!! https://t.co/7acry21wWi
— TVG #KYDerby2016 (@TVG) March 19, 2016
Baffert wins Rebel for record 6th time in 7 yrs as Cupid lands 50 points on Road to #KyDerby. Updated Leaderboard: https://t.co/SdjdXLsp5q
— Churchill Downs PR (@DerbyMedia) March 19, 2016
Congratulations Cupid! ?? 50 points closer to the #TripleCrown! https://t.co/kDQlRW5KIp
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) March 20, 2016
Yay CUPID and Martini!
— Mary (@MaryEllet) March 19, 2016
Congrats Cupid. Here's your younger sister saying I knew you had it!!! #tapit #lnjfoxwoods #fullsibling pic.twitter.com/e3U842Y3dn
— Jaime Roth (@Fijithegreat) March 19, 2016
#VIDEO of #Rebel won by #Cupid on Saturday at #Oaklawn: pic.twitter.com/gWalTnZBZr
— Mary Rampellini (@DRFRampellini) March 19, 2016
There were some good performances in that #Rebel, but Cupid did hold impressively. Perfect trip for him, and great run by Whitmore for 2nd
— Acacia Courtney (@acacia_courtney) March 19, 2016
"Bob Baffert doesn't rebuild, he reloads!", say's @ToddTVG, and he couldn't be more right! #Cupid like an arrow to win the #Rebel! @TVG ????
— Nick Hines - Sarge (@Hinesite) March 19, 2016
Oh those Baffert shippers. Cupid over Whitmore in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) @OaklawnRacing
— Claire Novak (@BH_CNovak) March 19, 2016
@KentuckyDerby news: Bob Baffert-trained Cupid wins #Rebel Stakes. #AmericanPharoah won '15 Rebel.
— Paul Miles (@PaulMiles84) March 19, 2016
Can we please change the name of the Rebel to the Bob Baffert Stakes? #Cupid
— Ryan Martin (@CalBredStallion) March 19, 2016
I didn't get the hype on Cupid, but that was very impressive
— Jessica Tugwell (@starryday93) March 19, 2016
Obviously speculating, but I don't think Cupid would have hit the Exacta (maybe even Tri) in the San Felipe... and he wins Rebel.
— Travis Stone (@TravisStone) March 19, 2016
Cupid was super impressive, winning the Rebel wire-to-wire and fighting off a challenge by Whitmore in the stretch!
— Jessie Oswald (@JBOswald68) March 19, 2016
@DRFPrivman Wow. Cupid. I did not see him doing that when he got to the top of the lane. #Megatalent.
— Barbara Bowen (@BabsBowen) March 19, 2016
Well Cupid was unbeatable! Congratulations to the connections! #rebelstakes #KyDerby #horseracing
— avatarsound (@avatarsound) March 19, 2016
#Cupid + Martin Garcia takes G2 #Rebel @OaklawnRacing for Tabor/Magnier/Smith and Bob Baffert @CoadyPhoto @ABRLive pic.twitter.com/Iywn2J1rfY
— Anne Eberhardt Keogh (@BH_AEberhardt) March 20, 2016
Huge heart from this Tapit! Cupid won't be denied for Baffert/Barnes/Garcia @OaklawnRacing pic.twitter.com/j1GXM7m3Pt
— Eric Kords (@DerbyTalk) March 19, 2016
Cupid wins the Rebel Stakes! Now makes 6 of last 7 years for Baffert! pic.twitter.com/cxpDldXsNS
— Racing Dudes (@racing_dudes) March 19, 2016
"We needed this race. We needed to win really bad" - Martin Garcia re Cupid win in Rebel.
— Ron Flatter (@ronflatter) March 19, 2016
That was a pretty freaky performance from Cupid. . . He really shut the door on Whitmore.
— Brian DiDonato (@BDiDonatoTDN) March 19, 2016
Wow. Cupid dug in there. Thought he was gonna get caught. #rebelstakes
— Seattle Sue (@spunk72) March 19, 2016
Stakes debuter Cupid digs deep to repel Whitmore in Rebel (G2) @OaklawnRacing pic.twitter.com/ausOeujRal
— TwinSpires.com (@TwinSpires) March 19, 2016
Cupid!! You can't count that Baff out when he ships East. 'Cupid' wins the G2 Rebel Stakes & earns 50 @KentuckyDerby points. #horseracing
— EquiSportsTherapy (@EquiSportsThrpy) March 19, 2016
Cupid wins the #Rebel over Whitmore! pic.twitter.com/wcThUjqa54
— Lindsay Givens (@Lindsay_Givens) March 19, 2016
Gritty run by by Cupid, awesome run by Whitmore. Great prep race. The Rebel rocks.
— Carly Kaiser (@carlykaiser) March 19, 2016
Congratulations Cupid & Martin Garcia win #Rebel Stakes! @OaklawnRacing @cynthiaalbizo @NancyUryHolthus #Oaklawn pic.twitter.com/xit8WDcXG6
— Art Martineau (@rebelsart) March 19, 2016
I just checked, and this is what I'm coming down with after watching Cupid's performance in the #RebelStakes! pic.twitter.com/7finZ4VCYK
— Penelope P. Miller (@PenelopePMiller) March 19, 2016
Left the Rebel questioning how good this group really is. Whitmore, Cupid, Cherry Wine solid, but doubt they're top 8 Derby candidates.
— Candice Hare (@chare889) March 19, 2016
Cupid almost went into the rail in upper stretch & rebroke when Whitmore came up alongside. That was a big win. Galloped out great too!
— Matt Dinerman (@3coltshandicap) March 19, 2016
Congrats to Cupid! A lot of hype on this colt, and he lived up to it. https://t.co/IaJrIq3yAN
— Lauren Magee (@LaurenMagoo) March 19, 2016
@mscooter0412 @cynthiaalbizo We're going to the Derby, Cynthia! Cupid!! ❤️
— Fib Trader (@HenryPetzold) March 19, 2016
@ronzmahoney @BreedersCup I don't think any of those Rebel horses are legit Derby contenders outside of Cupid and SBN.
— Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) March 19, 2016
Cupid wins Rebel by 1 1/4 lengths. Whitmore 2nd by 1 3/4 over Creator, w Cherry Wine 4th. #KyDerby @DerbyContenders pic.twitter.com/Cnu81RANfW
— Jennie Rees (@TracksideJennie) March 20, 2016
Cupid, with Martin Garcia up, gives Bob Baffert his 6th Rebel victory @OaklawnRacing. #stakesdebut #sonofTapit pic.twitter.com/MdBlGYvHdL
— Nancy Ury-Holthus (@NancyUryHolthus) March 19, 2016
I think Cupid wins by more if he doesn't almost hit the rail down the lane. He lost all of his momentum and still got it done.
— Taylor B. (@SummersInToga) March 19, 2016
Finally I'm excited about a horse on the derby trail. #Cupid
— Mike Costello (@Popsj22) March 19, 2016