02/17/2005 12:00AM

Fonner: Tonight Rainbow eyes repeat


Tonight Rainbow will try to defend his title in the $10,000-added Grasmick Handicap on Saturday, when he heads a field of eight entered in the half-mile dash.

Tonight Rainbow was voted the top sprinter and top older horse of the season last year on the strength of his Grasmick win and third-place finishes in the Budweiser/Tondi Handicap and the Bosselman Gus Fonner Stakes.

Trained by Boyd Caster, Tonight Rainbow also picked up a big win in the Honor the Hero Turf Express at Canterbury Park last May. He makes his first start of the year following a campaign that kept him going into December at Remington Park. Tonight Rainbow carries top weight of 122 pounds and breaks from post 7 under R. D. Williams.

The main threat to Tonight Rainbow comes from the barn of Temple Rushton, who will send out Lukfata Louis. A son of Langfuhr, Lukfata Louis won five times last year from 14 starts for earnings of more than $50,000. He was third in the Arapahoe Sprint Handicap, his only stakes appearance, but defeated open allowance company at both Arapahoe and The Woodlands. Lukfata Louis carries 120 pounds and will be ridden by Don Frazier from post 8.

Blue Eyed Tiger, Tee Times Two, and Trackem 'n' Wackem all return to action off solid races last weekend.

Trackem 'n' Wackem was a 2 1/2-length winner over $15,000 claiming company on opening day. A 5-year-old trained by Bob Lee, Trackem 'n' Wackem breaks from post 6 under Dennis Collins. Blue Eyed Tiger was the beaten favorite to Trackem 'n' Wackem opening day but can be expected to improve in his second outing of the season. Mike Ziegler will ride from post 1.

The filly Tee Times Two returns to action off a second-place finish to stablemate Missy Can Do in the Bold Accent Handicap last weekend. She has Richard Vasquez aboard from post 4.