02/28/2010 12:00AM

Kid Rambo upsets Grasmick at 20-1


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Kid Rambo stole the show with a $42.80 upset of the $10,750 Grasmick Stakes on a day where 19-year-old Leaping Plum, an eight-time winner of this race, led the post parade and five-time Grasmick winner Tonight Rainbow faltered as the even-money favorite on Saturday afternoon at Fonner Park.

Kid Rambo, ridden by Sam Padilla, contested the pace of the half-mile race outside of 22-1 longshot Timetobook, then battled on strongly in the stretch to score a half-length victory in 46 seconds over a fast track. Timetobook held second while I Spy Wolfie was a neck back in third. The two high-priced horses keyed a 1-8 exacta worth $708.80, while a 1-8-2 trifecta returned $4,278.

In a race where the betting centered on all the experienced runners in the field, 4-year-old Kid Rambo was dismissed at 20-1. His maiden win came in the Inaugural Stakes last summer at Arapahoe Park in Colorado, and he since had been trying allowance company and was still seeking a second career victory. Kid Rambo was shipped to trainer Robert Hoffman's barn this year from Temple Rushton and came into the race primed for a big effort, moving his career mark to 2-4-3 from 13 starts.

Eleven-year-old Tonight Rainbow, the four-time defending champion of this race, hit the side of the gate to come away slowly and failed to reach contention as he trailed the field home. Between Leaping Plum, who retired as a 13-year-old in 2004, and Tonight Rainbow the pair had accounted for 13 wins in this race since 1995. Leaping Plum won the race seven consecutive times from 1995 to 2001. He was third in the 2002 edition, returned for an eighth win in 2003, then retired after running fourth in 2004 as Tonight Rainbow was the winner.