Good things were expected for Treasury Bill after closing stoutly in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, but the chestnut colt was never a factor in the Rebel finishing a well-beaten eighth. He could not even get past his entrymate, Title Contender, who busted out to a 23 1/5 first quarter and had the lead through a half in 47 seconds.
Even with the disappointing finishes by Super Ninety Nine and Treasury Bill, the horse that failed the most was Delhomme.
The third-place finisher in last year's Remsen Stakes made his 3-year-old debut in the Rebel and it was a disaster. Delhomme was eased under the wire by jockey Garrett Gomez as the 9-2 fourth choice.
It is interesting to note that the top three finishers in last year's Remsen Stakes all have failed to fire in their initial 2013 start.
Overanalyze, the winner, came back to finish fifth as the 8-5 favorite in the Gotham Stakes. Normandy Invasion, the tough luck loser in the Remsen, returned to also run fifth as the 3-2 favorite in the Risen Star, and Delhomme, the Remsen's third-place horse, couldn't even finish the Rebel.
THE JEFF FRANK "DIRTY DOZEN"
1) Verrazano - Looks to break the Apollo curse on Derby Day
2) Itsmyluckyday - Posting bullet works for Florida Derby
3) Orb - Could give Shug McGaughey his first Derby victory
4) Uncaptured - Makes 2013 debut on Saturday in Spiral
5) Normandy Invasion - Wood is last chance to make Derby
6) Flashback - Jockey change to Garrett Gomez should help
7) Vyjack - Trainer suspended 20 days for positive drug tests
8) Hear the Ghost - Back on Work tab after San Felipe win
9) Shanghai Bobby - Could turn the tables on Itsmyluckyday
10) Revolutionary - Must break better in Louisiana Derby
11) Code West - Will ship to Louisiana later this month
12) Palace Malice - Posted a 5-furlong 1:00 work on March 17