HEAVY FAVORITE SEEKING ANGELS WINS RAINBOW MISS
Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 2, 2016) – She may have been one of the least experienced fillies in the field, but Seeking Angels proved to be the most talented when she drew off to win Saturday’s $100,000 Rainbow Miss as the heavy 4-5 favorite. She returned $3.60, $2.40 and $2.20.
Breaking from post four under jockey Walter De La Cruz, the winner shot out of the gate and took control early, setting early fractions of :22 2/5 and :46 3/5 for the first half mile. Sadie Be Mine, who had been tracking in second, came within a head of the winner, but began to fade at the top of the stretch as Seeking Angels drew off to win by 1 ½ lengths over a fast closing Avisionofchocolates. Aunt Gayle came from sixth to get third. The winning time was 1:11 for six furlongs over a fast track.
“That wasn't actually the game plan (being on the lead),” said winning trainer Bill Martin. “We knew there were a couple of horses that had a lot of speed, that we could lay off of them a little bit. But, it just worked the way it worked. She finished the way we wanted her to finish.”
Seeking Angels, a 3-year-old Arkansas-bred filly by Bob and John, has now won two of three career starts and has earned $115,400.
Live racing resumes Sunday at Oaklawn with a 1:30 p.m. first post. The nine-race card is highlighted by the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings.
Winning jockey Walter De La Cruz - “She broke fast and I was able to get a good position with her going around the track. She did everything she needed to do today and finished strong. This filly is a nice filly. I want to thank the owners and trainer for giving me the chance to ride this filly.”
Winning trainer Bill Martin – “That wasn't actually the game plan (being on the lead). We knew there were a couple of horses that had a lot of speed, that we could lay off of them a little bit. But it just worked the way it worked. She finished the way we wanted her to finish.
“In front of my home state, it's a great thing. I really like it a lot. I'm really proud of the filly and we've still got part of the family, so maybe they'll be some more to come."