Jade’s Rainbow makes her stakes debut in the Frances A. Genter Stakes. She has yet to return to the winner’s circle since breaking her maiden.
After making her 3-year-old debut in January at Gulfstream Park in her sixth career start, in which she finished second by three-quarters of a length, Jade’s Rainbow did not race again until Sept. 20 at Calder.
In a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race that was taken off the turf, Jade’s Rainbow faded down the stretch to finish fifth after running in the third spot and making her move around the far turn.
"It was her first start off the layoff and by coming off the turf on the dirt, it is a more demanding surface. It tests a horse’s fitness much more than the turf does," White said. "I think she would have run very well if it would have remained on the grass. When it came off the grass and she was forced to run on the dirt with that kind of layoff, I think it was a little much for her. But we knew she needed to run. She needed to get one under her belt so we just looked at it as part of her training to get her ready."
With two runners in the Frances A. Genter Stakes that have different running styles, White sends out a double threat for the race.
"I think Jade’s Rainbow wants to lay a little closer to the pace," White said. "I think they will both be in position that if the pace is slow, Jade’s Rainbow will benefit from that, and if the pace is quick, Nicki Starshine will benefit from that. We’re expecting Nicki Starshine to run her usual big race but I would not be surprised if Jade’s Rainbow is a big part of the results also."
The Tropical Park Derby kicks off the day’s stakes action as the sixth race with an approximate post time of 3 p.m. Colossians will break from post seven and will have jockey Jeffrey Sanchez aboard. The Frances A. Genter Stakes closes out the day’s stakes action as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m.
Sanchez will also ride Nicki Starshine, and will break from post seven. Jockey Jesus Rios is named to ride Jade’s Rainbow from post six alongside Sanchez and Nicki Starshine.