OZONE PARK, NY – New Farm’s hard-knocking homebred Rainbow Heir scored his third stakes win of the year, taking Saturday’s $125,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship Stakes.
Off from post 3 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Rainbow Heir watched from mid-pack while fellow Jason Servis trainee Summation Time led through initial splits of :21.80 and :44.11. Angled three-wide for the stretch drive, Rainbow Heir drove past his stablemate in the final furlong, then dug in to hold off a late kick from Dubini to take the 6-furlong turf event by 3/4 of a length in a final time of 1:08.60.
“He broke good and he put me in good position, I just held it together, and when I asked him, he was there for me,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I was a passenger. He always tries, he’s always there, even in the mornings.”
Dubini finished a 1/2-length in front of a three-way photo for third. Conquest Panthera closed late to nip out Summation Time and Bucchero. Dowse’s Beach, White Flag, Snowday, Blind Ambition, and Spring to the Sky completed the order of finish. Ready for Rye was scratched, while Cerro and Summer Revolution were main-track-only entries.
Rainbow Heir returned $15.60 to win, $7.80 to place, and $5 to show. Dubini brought back $37 to place and $16 to show, while Conquest Panthera paid $4.60 to show.