Feb. 27, 2011
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011) – Trainer David Whited, a former top jockey at Oaklawn, went from having no stakes wins as a trainer at his home track to having two within a 24-hour period when Sanders Brothers’ All About Allie made a front-running score in Sunday’s $50,000 Rainbow Miss for Arkansas-bred 3-year-old fillies. Saturday, Whited saddled Sanders Brothers’ Rattlesnake Holler to victory in the $50,000 Rainbow Stakes, the counterpart race for colts and geldings.
Ridden by the red-hot Cliff Berry, who had four winners on the card, All About Allie, raced head-and-head with 4-5 favorite Explosive Disco through fractions of :22 and : 45 4/5 for the first half mile. As the field rounded the turn for home, the winner decided it was time to leave her racing partner and darted clear to a 2 ¼-length victory. Final time for the six furlong race was 1:11 2/5 over a fast track. Bulindamarie, who raced in third throughout, held her position at the end.
“When they ran head-and-head with her, that's her game,” said Whited. “She's courageous. She likes that. If they come to her like that, she's going to dig in and try and pull away. So I wasn't bothered at all when they did. The owners have had some bad luck with the first two foals by this mare so they deserved some good luck. She was training perfectly so I was optimistic.”
This is the second time owners have swept the Rainbow series. In 1995, Drs. K.K. and Devi Jayaraman owned Rainbow-winner Stark Ridge and Silent Ridge was part of the dead-heat with Motel Queen in the Rainbow Miss. As for trainers, Bob Holthus also swept both races in 2001 with Tub Tosser in the Rainbow and Suzanne's Flying in the Rainbow Miss.
All About Allie, a Storm and a Half filly bred by her co-owner Roy Gene Sanders, has now won four of six starts and has earned $119,120. She returned $5.00, $2.80 and $2.10 as the 3-2 second choice.
Jockey Cliff Berry, winner aboard All About Allie:
“All David said was to let her bounce away from there. I was a little worried when the four decided to push us, but I had all kinds of horse. When I asked her, she just dug in.”
Trainer David Whited, winner All About Allie:
“She was on top of her game and doing everything perfectly, so I was comfortable, although I was a lot more comfortable once they crossed the wire. She's very professional and she's been like that from the first race on. We will see how she comes out of this. We want to keep her racing about once a month or five weeks. That's when the next one comes along and 3-and-up isn't a problem. We also haven't ruled out going farther. We will see.
Co-owner Jimmy Sanders, winner All About Allie:
“Yesterday was just elation. Today there was a lot more pressure. It was more of a relief while yesterday was pure fun.”
Jockey Jon Court, second aboard Explosive Disco:
“I didn't intend to be up there early with the other filly. My game plan was to be a length or so off the lead, but my horse broke so well, we went on with it. The way speed was carrying today, I sure didn't want to be six or so off the leader.”
Jockey Bryan McNeil, third aboard Bulindamarie:
“The fast fractions didn't help us. Had they been a little slower, we would have had a good shot. My filly ran her race, but the other two were a bit better than mine today.”