New Farm’s Rainbow Heir set a pressured pace early before
kicking away from his competition in the lane, posting a five length win in the
Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes on a special 4th of July card
at Monmouth Park.
the first two furlongs in :21 4/5 and the half mile in :44 3/5, Rainbow Heir
cruised to a six furlong final time of 1:09 2/5. He paid $4.40, $3 and $2.60 as the favorite
in the field of six 3-year-old colts and geldings. Amarish completed the $40.60 exacta and
returned $5.60 to place and $3.80 to show.
It was another 4 ¼ lengths back to Uptown Boy, who paid $3.20 to show.
“He got out
really quick,” said winning trainer Ben Perkins Jr. “He relaxed afterwards and as soon as Elvis
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
“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 winning jockey Elvis 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.”
Jersey-bred by Wildcat Heir from the Prospectors Gamble mare Rainbow Pride, the
homebred Rainbow Heir has won all four of his lifetime starts, good for earnings
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, July 5 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post is set for 12:50 p.m. Friday’s card will feature a carryover in the
Jersey Shore Six of $96,748.