Oceanport, N.J. – New Farm’s Wild Rainbow prevailed after a long duel in the
stretch to win the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday
afternoon by a neck.
Trained by Ben Perkins Jr., Wild Rainbow
covered the five furlongs over a good turf course in :56 1/5 and returned $9.80,
$5.60 and $4.80 as a 7-2 choice in the field of eight fillies and mares.
Natalie’s Goal was second best, completing the $83.40 exacta and paying $8 to
place and $4.80 to show. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to No Splits, who paid
$7.60 to show.
“If you look at her, she’s maybe just 14
hands. She’s really tiny but she’s got a big heart,” said winning jockey C.H.
Marquez Jr. “My instructions were that she’s very quick, so see if anybody on
the inside wants it (the lead). I just stalked them and she really finished.
When I asked her, she gave me everything.”
Friday’s win was the seventh in 22 career
starts for Wild Rainbow, a 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir and the
Prospector’s Gamble mare Rainbow Pride.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 28 – gates open
11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m. Highlighting the weekend of racing is the $1
million Haskell Invitational, the signature event of Monmouth’s summer season,
which will be contested for the 45th time on