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