RACER LEADS SUNDAY’S RAINBOW FIELD
Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 2, 2016) – A field of seven is entered in the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes Sunday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the race, which is restricted to 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings, is 4:42 p.m. (Central). It goes as the eighth race on a nine-race card.
Racer is the 8-5 program favorite for the same connections that won the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2011 at Oaklawn – owner Bob Yagos, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs and jockey Jon Court, Fires’ son-in-law.
Racer cuts back to a sprint after a front-running victory in a state-bred allowance/optional claimer at a mile March 17 at Oaklawn. The gelded son of millionaire Jonesboro is seeking his third victory at the Oaklawn meeting.
“When we came here, we just hoped to win a maiden race with him,” Fires said. “But after he kind of stepped up to the plate, we thought, ‘Well, maybe he’s got a shot.’ That’s when we pointed for this race.”
Racer is scheduled to break from post 5 and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds.
The 2-1 second choice in the program is Maize Road, who was competitive against open company March 5 at Oaklawn before finishing third in a first-level state-bred allowance sprint 15 days later. Trained by Randy Morse, he is scheduled to break from post 6 under Alex Canchari and carry 122 pounds.
“He’s got a shot, but I don’t think he can beat Jinks’ horse – on paper,” Morse said.
Completing the projected field are Best Trick Yet, Handsome Roy, Carson’s Suspect, Mr Ark and Strawn’s Cash.
Carson’s Suspect, the early 7-2 third choice, was a front-running winner of a state-bred maiden-allowance sprint Jan. 31 for trainer Al Cates of Hot Springs. The trainer has given the mount again to three-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Richard Santana Jr. Carson’s Suspect is scheduled to break from post 3 and carry 122 pounds.