SEEKING ANGELS FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S RAINBOW MISS

 

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, April 1, 2016) – A field of nine is entered in the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for Arkansas-bred 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 6-furlong race, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central).

Lightly raced Seeking Angels is the 8-5 program favorite for her Arkansas-based connections – co-owners Dan White and Martin Brothers Inc. (Bill and Joe Martin) and trainer Bill Martin. A bay daughter of Grade 1 winner Bob and John, Seeking Angels will be making just her third start in the Rainbow Miss.

She won her Feb. 5 career debut at Oaklawn, whipping state-bred competition by 6 ½ lengths. Seeking Angels then tested open company in her last start, finishing second to She’s a Bootsy Too in a Feb. 26 first-level allowance/optional claiming sprint. She’s a Bootsy Too finished fifth in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 12 at Oaklawn in her last start.

“I feel good about her,” Bill Martin said of Seeking Angels. “I kind of rushed her after her first race. With a 3-year-old, they’re going through everything the first time and I feel like I stressed her too much when I first came into Oaklawn.”

Seeking Angels’ second start came six days after a 5-furlong bullet work in company (:59) with older stablemate Easter Indy. Easter Indy won the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes Feb. 27 at Oaklawn. Easter Indy also finished second in last year’s Rainbow Miss, beaten a nose.

“I feel like she’s coming in fresher to this race than her second race,” Martin said.

Seeking Angels, who has breezed twice at Oaklawn since her runner-up finish Feb. 26, is scheduled to break from post 4 under regular rider Walter De La Cruz and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds.

The 2-1 second choice in the program is Avisionofchocolate, who exits a first-level allowance/optional claiming victory against state-breds Feb. 25 at Oaklawn. After finishing second in the $125,000 My Dear Stakes June 28 at Woodbine, Avisionofchocolate was privately purchased with the intent of tackling state-bred company at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said. Fires said the filly’s owner, Jean Zehnder of Louisville, Ky., is 90 and never had a stakes winner during 50 years in the business.

“Knock on wood, maybe we can get lucky for her here,” Fires said.

Avisionofchocolate is scheduled to break from post 5 under Court’s son-in-law, Jon Court, and carry 122 pounds.

Also entered are Florida Bird, Jeri Bella, Mae B. Jones, Rita Ann, Brooke’s a Bookin, Aunt Gayle and Sadie Be Mine.

 

Florida Bird is trying to give owners K.K. and Devi Jayaraman their fifth Rainbow Miss victory. K.K. Jayaraman also trains Florida Bird, who is scheduled to break from the rail under Alex Canchari and carry 116 pounds.

Aunt Gayle was an impressive 3 ½-length debut winner against state-breds Jan. 24 at Oaklawn and finished third to Avisionofchocolate following a poor start Feb. 25. Trainer Wayne Catalano has given the mount again to Joe Rocco Jr.

 

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