MS FIFTY FIRST ST. FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S RAINBOW MISS
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, March 30, 2017) – Ms Fifty First St. is the 5-2 second choice in the program for Saturday’s $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred fillies at 6 furlongs.
Probable post time for the Rainbow Miss, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m., with the annual boat and truck giveaway promotion part of the program.
Bred and owned by Eugenia Thompson-Benight and trained by Al Cates of Hot Springs, Ms Fifty First St. was a front-running 2 ¼-length sprint winner of her career debut against state-bred maiden-allowance company Feb. 17 at Oaklawn. She tested open company in her only other start, fading to ninth in a first-level allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles March 16.
“We thought, or I thought – probably my fault – that she could go long,” Cates said. “I probably didn’t have her fit enough for two turns. But, she did run to the far turn with them and probably got some fitness out of it.”
Ms Fifty First St. is scheduled to break from post 6 under leading rider Geovanni Franco and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds. She completed major preparations for the Rainbow Miss with a 3-furlong work in :37 Tuesday morning, a move designed to sharpen her up, Cates said.
“Come out of it great,” Cates said. “We’re going in it confident.”
Cates said Thompson-Benight named the filly after the street the breeder/owner grew up on in North Little Rock, Ark.
Seven other horses were entered in the Rainbow Miss, but 2-1 program favorite Dutch Parrot will be scratched after winning a state-bred allowance race Thursday at 1 1/16 miles.
Completing the projected seven-horse lineup from the rail out: Ministry, Tommy Pompell to ride, 122 pounds, 5-1; Superstar Bea, Ricardo Santana Jr., 113, 4-1; Dixie Flyer, Alex Birzer, 122, 10-1; Premonition Creek, Ty Kennedy, 113, 20-1; Tedders Angel, Jon Court, 113, 12-1; and Numancia, Julio Felix, 116, 12-1.
Superstar Bea, a four-race maiden, ran third behind Ms Fifty First St. and Ministry Feb. 17 and second behind Ministry in a state-bred maiden-allowance sprint March 5.
Ministry represented the second Oaklawn winner for Starfish Stable LLC, the small local breeding and racing operation headed by practicing equine veterinarian Linda Robbins, and the first winner for the filly’s sire, Ordained.
Robbins also owns Ordained, a 9-year-old son of Pulpit who is one of six stallions standing at the veterinarian’s 140-acre farm just west of Hot Springs.
Ministry, a supplementary nominee to the Rainbow Miss for $2,500, will be Starfish’s first stakes starter since the stable’s inception in 2010.
“It’s a good place to be,” Robbins said. “I might as well be in the Kentucky Oaks. I’m excited.”
Starfish won their first race at Oaklawn earlier in the season with Zonly Feb. 23.
Dixie Flyer cuts back to a sprint after breaking her maiden March 24 at 1 1/16 miles for trainer Doug Anderson of Hot Springs.
Tedders Angel will be making her career debut for trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs.
Numancia, another supplementary nominee, provided Birzer with his 3,000th career North American victory Feb. 26 at Oaklawn.