FIVE O ONE FAVORED IN FRIDAY’S RAINBOW
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, March 30, 2017) – Five O One is the 8-5 program favorite for the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes Friday at Oaklawn, a 6-furlong race restricted to 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings.
Probable post time for the Rainbow, the eighth of nine races, is 4:42 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:30 p.m.
Five O One, a son of 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer, hasn’t started since winning his Feb. 3 career debut against state-bred allowance company for owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs and trainer Brad Cox. He was under consideration for a state-bred first-level allowance/optional claiming sprint March 10, but Cox decided to run older stablemate Detroit Cowboy, who was a front-running one-length winner for Ten Strike Racing.
“We intended on getting another race in Five O One,” Cox said. “It didn’t happen. Wasn’t a soundness issue or anything. He hasn’t missed any training. I really don’t feel fitness will be an issue on Friday.”
Four-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. has the return call on Five O One, who is scheduled to break from post 3 and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds.
Completing the projected seven-horse Rainbow field from the rail out: Quietly Cuba, Walter De La Cruz to ride, 113 pounds, 12-1 on the morning line; Jack Be Quick, Jose Guerrero, 116, 9-2; Bay’s Commander, Terry Thompson, 113, 20-1; J.E.’s Handmedown, Mario Rodriguez, 116, 9-5; All to Stormy, Katie Clawson, 113, 20-1; and Checkmate Charlie, Julio Felix, 122, 5-1.
Five O One has had four published workouts since his debut victory, the last a 5-furlong move from the gate (:59.80) March 18. The time ranked second among 39 works registered at the distance.
“He had a great breeze two weekends ago,” Cox said. “I think he’s set up for a big effort, I really do.”
J.E.’s Handmedown exits a front-running 11-length victory against $25,000 state-bred maiden-claiming company Feb. 20 for owner/trainer David Whited of Hot Springs.
Checkmate Charlie was a sharp Jan. 16 career-debut winner in state-bred maiden-allowance company for trainer Ingrid Mason, but finished a well-beaten 11th behind Detroit Cowboy in his only other start.
“He’ll be fine against 3-year-olds, I think, the Arkie-breds,” Mason said.
All to Stormy is a half-brother to the Cox-trained 2015 Rainbow winner Weast Hill, but has finished 10th and 11th in two career starts at the meeting. Trainer Tim Martin said All to Stormy’s form was clouded by a lung infection.
Flurry, whose family owns six parking lots near Oaklawn, is seeking his first stakes victory at his home track. He named Five O One after the telephone area code that covers central Arkansas, including Hot Springs. He has campaigned Arkansas-bred stakes winners Little Miss Flurry and Patchofbadweather – both won the now-defunct Lady Razorback Futurity – and Uncle Brennie, who captured the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes in 2015 at Louisiana Downs.
Little Miss Flurry ran second in the 2014 Rainbow Miss at Oaklawn.