Rebel Empire
Rebel Empire scored the upset in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park. Photo Mike Valiante.

Ronald Sapp’s Rebel Empire notched his first career stakes victory in the Delaware-bred or– certified restricted $50,250 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Aubrie Green astride, the 2-year-old gelded son of Sky Kingdom went off as the fifth-choice in the field of seven.  The New York-bred trained by Lynn Ashby won by four lengths and covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.41 over a fast main track.  

The 3-to-5 favorite, No Sabe Nada, with Deivy Chavez, finished second.  It was a half-length farther back to Under the Radar, with Carol Cedeno, in third. 

Rebel Empire paid $35.40 to win. The exacta, with the favorite underneath, returned $40 for a one-dollar wager.

“He has been a quick learning pupil,” said winning trainer Lynn Ashby.  “He is bred to go longer, so we are pretty excited about him and he has that real nice turn of foot that is very effective where he does not have to be out there burning. We are likely going to run him next here in the First State Dash on Owner’s Day.”

The five and a half furlong $100,000 First State Dash is one of six stakes scheduled for Owner’s Day on September 25 at Delaware Park.

Rebel Empire raised his career record to two wins from three starts with earnings of $49,625.