HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 19, 2019) – The spotlight is on Arkansas-bred 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn, with the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes and $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes headlining a 10-race program.
Doors open Saturday at 11 a.m. (Central), with first post 1:05 p.m. The infield will be open. Probable post time for the 6-furlong Rainbow, which goes as the seventh race, is 4:20 p.m. Probable post time for the 6-furlong Rainbow Miss, the ninth race, is 5:25 p.m.
Restricted to fillies, the Rainbow Miss has attracted a field of eight, including devastating March 14 state-bred allowance winner Bye Bye J for owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong of Conway, Ark., and trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs.
Bye Bye J made her first four career starts in south Florida, winning the $75,000 House Party Stakes Dec. 8 at Gulfstream Park and finishing second, beaten a half-length, in the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G3) Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park before being privately purchased by the Lieblongs and transferred to Moquett at Oaklawn.
Bye Bye J was an 8 ¼-length winner of her local debut last month before finishing a disappointing fifth as the favorite against open company in the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes March 30.
“We’re ready to roll,” Moquett said. “Don’t know what happened in the last. There were some nice fillies in there.”
The projected eight-horse Rainbow Miss field from the rail out: Tiger Bait, Ezequiel Lara to ride, 122 pounds, 6-1 on the morning line; Another Rocket, Jon Court, 122, 5-1; Matapan, David Cohen, 122, 12-1; Oochie, Richard Eramia, 122, 8-1; Laneys Love, Ramon Vazquez, 115, 30-1; Bendi Blu, Walter De La Cruz, 115, 30-1; All About Clara, Terry Thompson, 115, 20-1; and Bye Bye J, Ricardo Santana Jr., 1-2.
The consistent Tapit Star is the 8-5 program favorite for the Rainbow. Trained by Burl McBride, Tapit Star has raced four times at the meeting, finishing second, first and second in his last three starts.
The projected seven-horse Rainbow lineup from the rail out: Young Bull, Alex Canchari, 115, 9-2; No Debate, Edgar Morales, 122, 5-1; Rusty Cage, Jareth Loveberry, 122, 3-1; Ikon Who, Terry Thompson, 115, 30-1; Private Lake, Alex Birzer, 115, 20-1; Destinedtobeastar, Ricardo Santana Jr., 115, 4-1; and Tapit Star, Walter De La Cruz, 122, 8-5.
No Debate won his March 24 career debut for trainer Jaime Gonzalez and breeder/owner Linda Robbins of Hot Springs, who also campaign the gelding’s full sister, multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Ministry. No Debate and Ministry are half-siblings to Hamazing Vision, a one-eyed Arkansas-bred gelding who broke his maiden March 8.