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Rainbow Heir Looks for First Stakes Win in Jersey Shore

Posted Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013

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Rainbow Heir will try stakes company for the first time in the Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes this Thursday. Conditioned by Ben Perkins Jr., Rainbow Heir is perfect so far, going gate-to-wire in each of his three career starts. In his last outing on May 12, he finished two lengths ahead of the field in an allowance event at Monmouth Park, stepping six furlongs in a speedy 1:08 2/5.

            “He handled the track well,” said Perkins. “He ran green in the race before (March 21 at Laurel) so he needed one more start to prepare for this. The break has really helped him. He’s had a steady stream of solid workouts.”

            A 3-year-old son of Wildcat Heir out of Rainbow Pride, Rainbow Heir boasts two bullet works out of four sessions since his last race. On June 10 Rainbow Heir was the best of 17 going five furlongs in 1:00 handily, and he was the best of four in his latest outing breezing five furlongs in the same time.

            Rainbow Heir, who will break from post six, will face his toughest competition yet in the Jersey Shore, but Perkins says he trusts jockey Elvis Trujillo to put his Jersey-bred colt in the best position to win.

            “There’s a lot of speed in this race,” Perkins said, “but he’s pretty fast himself. There’s speed both inside and outside of him, so Elvis is going to have to use his judgment in where to put him.”

            The group of seven 3-year-olds will sprint six furlongs along Monmouth’s main track in the Jersey Shore Stakes, which will go as race 10 on an 11-race card on Thursday.

            Rainbow Heir, the 3-1 second choice, will have 5-2 morning line favorite Whiskey Romeo breaking just to his outside.


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