03/29/2006 1:00AM

Fonner Park track report


Tonight Rainbow's string of consecutive appearances in the Budweiser-Tondi Stakes was extended to four last weekend - and he scored his second win in the race. A 7-year-old gelding trained by Boyd Caster, Tonight Rainbow first won the race in 2003 and won it again on Saturday by five lengths under Larren Delorme.

Tonight Rainbow's win in 2003 propelled him to local sprinter of the year honors that season, a title he won again in 2004.

Saturday's win was Tonight Rainbow's sixth stakes victory at Fonner Park and second this season; he also won the Grasmick Stakes on Feb. 26 in his season debut. Tonight Rainbow now owns a career mark of 9-1-3 from 17 starts at Fonner Park, with earnings of $95,980 there, more than half his career total. Overall, Tonight Rainbow has a record of 12-6-5 from 44 starts for earnings of $182,109.

Caster understandably is thrilled about Tonight Rainbow's return this year following a dull showing in 2005 when the horse was battling health problems that were a result of a blood disorder.

* Apprentice Tanner Riggs had the best day of his career on Sunday, booting home three winners and moved into the top 10 in the rider standings over the weekend. Riggs won aboard first-time starter Brahms Requiem ($17.40) in the third race, then added wins on Blue Eyed Tiger ($6.40) in the fifth and Trusting Scout ($10.40) in the 11th.

* Former Fonner racing secretary Dennis Kochevar will move to the position of association steward at the upcoming Lincoln State Fair meeting. He replaces Rol Shaal, who has been suffering health problems at his home in Gordon, Neb. David Moore, an official at Canterbury Park in the summer, has filled the position here at Fonner.

"We needed somebody with [Kochevar's] qualities and strengths in the stewards' stand," said Greg Hosch, Lincoln's director of racing. "Dennis has the knowledge and skills to replace someone of Rol's standing."

Wayne Anderson, the assistant racing secretary at Fonner Park and the racing secretary at Columbus, was named racing secretary at Lincoln's State Fair Park last weekend. The Lincoln State Fair season starts May 12 and runs through mid-July.