Rainbow Heir kicked clear in the lane to score a five length win in the $100,000 Jersey Shore S. (G3) on Independence Day at Monmouth Park.
This was the fourth win in as many starts for the 3-year-old son of Wildcat Heir. It was his first stakes win.
Wildcat Heir runners are having yet another successful year in 2013, with results that have him ranked in the top 5 among all Florida sires in earnings, stakes winners, repeat winners, and winners.
Sent off the 6-5 favorite in the field of six sophomores, Rainbow Heir wasted little time getting to the front. After going the first quarter in :21.89 and the half mile in :44.76 with a one length lead, the chestnut New Jersey bred cruised to an easy win in a quick final time of 1:09.43. His 101 Beyer Speed Figure is a lifetime best.
“He got out really quick,” said winning trainer Ben Perkins Jr. “He relaxed afterwards and as soon as Elvis (jockey Trujillo) got clear he was kind of just sitting and waiting. He’s an excellent horse and he has a similar body and has the same disposition as Wildcat Heir, both are really relaxed and lightning fast.”
“I knew I had a speed horse to the outside of me (Whiskey Romeo) and we were head-to-head for about the first five jumps,” said Trujillo. “My horse broke so good that we were able to make the lead and when the other horse sat back just a little bit I thought ‘slow it down as much as possible.’ In the stretch, I asked him, he switched leads and that was it. He’s just really good.”
Out of the Prospectors Gamble mare Rainbow Pride, the New Farm homebred has earnings of $152,460.
The Boot Wildcat Airs at Gulfstream Park
Also on Thursday, Wildcat Heir's 2-year-old colt The Boot Wildcat stepped out to a front-running, 2 1/4-length win going 4 1/2-furlongs against maiden special weight company at Gulfstream Park. Bred in Florida by Frank Bertolino, the bay speedster picked up $29,200 for his owner Monarch Stables Inc.
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