MAIZE ROAD COMES THROUGH AS RAINBOW FAVORITE
Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, April 3, 2016) – Randy Patterson’s Maize Road had to survive an objection, but it was the only real challenge he encountered in his 3 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Rainbow Stakes. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60, $2.80 and $2.40.
Maize Road relaxed nicely for jockey Alex Canchari and sat just off the pace set by Handsome Roy, who led through fractions of :21 4/5 and :45 2/5 for the first half mile. The winner came four wide around the turn for home to assume the lead and continued to draw away from his six other rivals, completing the six furlongs in 1:11 over a fast track.
Carson’s Suspect had to settle for second after the objection lodged by jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. was not allowed. Mr Ark closed well from seventh to get third.
Trainer Randy Morse was following in the footsteps of his father W.R. “Charlie” Morse, who won this race in 1982 with Jef Fix.
“This one didn’t pay quite as good as that horse did,” said Morse. “I think he paid like $96 that day, so that was a pretty good day. But this is, too.”
Maize Road, a 3-year-old Afleet Alex gelding bred in Arkansas by McDowell Farm, improved his record to two wins from five starts and has now earned $119,800 for his connections.
Live racing resumes Wednesday at Oaklawn with a 1:30 p.m. first post. Oaklawn is racing the next two Wednesdays, the last two weeks of the 2016 racing season. Closing day is Saturday, April 16.
Winning owner Randy Patterson – “It was a great win. Randy gets all the credit. He's done all the work.”
Winning trainer Randy Morse. Father Charlie won the 1982 Rainbow with Jef Fix. - “This one didn’t pay quite as good as that horse did. I think he paid like $96 that day, so that was a pretty good day. But this is, too.”
Winning jockey Alex Canchari - “It’s the best feeling ever to win a stakes race at Oaklawn. I’m so lucky to be able to ride for Randy Patterson and Randy Morse. I had a perfect trip, I broke really relaxed and was able to stay relaxed for most of the trip and waited until the turn to let out a bit. I sat behind the pace and when I asked him to run at the quarter pole he did.”