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Rainbow Blue returns to Lex.

September 28, 2004

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Trainer George Teague Jr. told The Horseman Tuesday morning that he plans on supplementing his top-ranked filly Rainbow Blue into the Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 8. Teague, who shares ownership with his sister, Brenda, and Kevin and Ron Fry's K & R Racing, said the group will pay the $12,000 supplemental fee to enter the filly, who has not raced since winning the $222,500 Nadia Lobell in Lexington Sept. 12.

"I just trained her a little bit the other day and I'll train her again," Teague said by cell phone from his barn at Harrington Raceway in Delaware. "I was thinking about sticking her in a qualifier but I can train her pretty good here."

Rainbow Blue, who has won 15 of 16 starts this year, has held her position as the number one Standardbred for the past six weeks since moving to the top Aug. 23. The 3-year-old colt trotter Windsong's Legacy has worked his way up the ranks and this week's poll shows him second, only two points behind. However, both sophomores have 15 first-place votes, with the voters likely to be swayed on what happens in Lexington, especially with Windsong's Legacy's attempt in the Kentucky Futurity to become trotting's first Triple Crown winner since Super Bowl in 1972.

"When it comes to Horse of the Year, trotters always seem to get a lot of favoritism from a lot of the voters," Teague admitted. "One thing about it, you have to keep racing in the public's eye to stay there. One good thing about being able to supplement (to the Garnsey), it helps me fill the void of the five weeks until the Breeders Crown. She definitely needs a competitive race somewhere so it should work out good."
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