02/24/2011 5:13PM

Tonight Rainbow out for sixth Grasmick at Fonner Park


Twelve-year-old Tonight Rainbow will aim for his sixth Grasmick Stakes victory when a field of nine older horses go a half-mile in the Saturday feature at Fonner Park.

Owned and trained by Boyd Caster, Tonight Rainbow won his first Grasmick in 2004, marking the end of a career for the legendary Leaping Plum. The then-13-year-old Leaping Plum was retired following the race after winning the Grasmick eight times, including a remarkable string of seven straight from 1995 to 2001.

Tonight Rainbow picked up the torch with his win. Although he was defeated in 2005, he won the Grasmick four consecutive times from 2006-2009. Last year Tonight Rainbow could not overcome a bad start after breaking into the side of the gate and finished ninth.

Tonight Rainbow rounded back into form while dropping to claiming company at Remington Park and picked up his lone win of the year against $10,000 Oklahoma-bred company at Remington Park in December. He posted a strong 35.80-second work for three furlongs at Will Rogers Downs last week. He owns a career mark of 23-14-9 from 80 starts and earnings of over $400,000 that includes 13 wins here at Fonner Park.

On Saturday, Tonight Rainbow drew the outside post and has Mike Ziegler named to ride. Kid Rambo, winner of last year's Grasmick, breaks from post 7 with Don Frazier Aboard.

Honkytonk Stomp, an allowance winner at Beulah Park in January, will also rate a strong look with Jordan Olesiak riding for trainer Dudley Graham. Honkytonk Stomp won 4 of his 6 starts last year, including victories in the Hall of Fame Stakes and Van Berg Derby, both at Columbus.