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Rainbow Heir Retiring On Top After $175,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint

Viola Jasko

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – New Farm’s homebred Rainbow Heir made his final career start a good one, closing late and kicking clear to take Saturday’s $175,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes.

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Off moderately from post 6 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Rainbow Heir sat mid-pack behind Richard’s Boy while Successful Native set an initial fraction of :21.94. Angling out near the 1/4-pole, Rainbow Heir found himself running five-wide before kicking on and clearing off to win by 2 lengths in a final time of :55.47 for the 5-furlong event.

“My horse has speed, he broke out well, and put me in a good position,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I was following (Richard’s Boy), and I was patient and just waited. Before I turned for home, I knew I had some horse, and man, I don’t know how (Richard’s Boy) will take off in the stretch, but I know I have some horse, so when I asked him, he was there for me, and we just flew by.”

Longshot Oak Bluffs finished strongly to neck out second over Richard’s Boy. Another 2 lengths back, Tombelaine took fourth ahead of Pool Winner and Successful Native. A four-horse photo finish for seventh went to Sir Navigator over the favored Pay Any PriceJaguar Poz, and Blind Ambition, with Conquest Enforcer completing the order of finish.

Rainbow Heir, an 8-year-old son of former Florida leading sire Wildcat Heir, will retire with a record of 31-14-4-3 and career earnings of $804,395. New Farm, his owners birth, are sending the Jason Servis trainee to stud duty at Ocala Stud.

“They were going pretty quick,” Servis said. “I was a little worried where we were placed early on, that maybe he wasn’t going to fire. He’s getting up there in years, but … I don’t want him to go.”

Rainbow Heir returned $8.60 to win, $4.80 to place, and $3.60 to show. Oak Bluffs brought back $20.40 to place and $10.80 to show, while Richard’s Boy paid $3.80 to show.

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