Rainbow Heir, 9-time stakes winner, retires to Ocala Stud
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Rainbow Heir, the 9-time stakes-winning son of Wildcat Heir, went out on a high note last Saturday on Pegasus World Cup Day, capturing his second straight stakes victory with a two-length win in the $175,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S.

An earner of $804,395, Rainbow Heir has officially been retired from racing, and he arrived at Ocala Stud Farm in Florida late Tuesday where he will take up his new career as a stallion in 2018. His fee has been set at $3,500 S&N.

“Rainbow Heir arrived Tuesday afternoon and settled in beautifully. He’s all class,” said Ocala Stud’s David O’Farrell. “You wouldn’t know by looking at him that he just ran one of the fastest races in North America this year. We were fortunate to be down there to see it, and I thought, other than Gun Runner, nobody looked better than Rainbow Heir. And there were a lot of really nice horses down there, obviously.

“We are extending our stallion open house through February 15th, which will include morning and afternoon times every day except Sundays, and we invite everyone to come out and see Rainbow Heir. He has a lot to offer the breeders of Florida, and we believe he’s going to be very well received,” he added.

Rainbow Heir’s win last Saturday was arguably one of his best, as he cruised by an accomplished field in the stretch to hit the wire all alone in :55.47 for five furlongs. He earned a lifetime best 105 Beyer for the performance, marking the fastest Beyer recorded on grass in 2018. In his prior start, Rainbow Heir captured the $125,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship S. on Nov. 25th, running six furlongs in 1:08.60.

A New Farm homebred, the chestnut colt began his career by winning his first four starts by a combined 13 ¼ lengths, including the biggest of his nine career stakes wins in the Jersey Shore S. (G3) on dirt at Monmouth as a 3-year-old, a race he dominated by five lengths in 1:09.43.

Trained by Jason Servis, Rainbow Heir was the New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year, Champion Handicap Horse and Champion Sprinter in 2014. Recently, he was named New Jersey-bred Champion Turf Runner in 2017. From his nine stakes wins, five were on dirt and four on turf. He retires with 14 wins total and 21 on-the-board finishes from 31 lifetime starts. 

Rainbow Heir is by the late Wildcat Heir, who’s been Florida’s leading sire the last four years, and six times total. He is out of the stakes-placed Prospectors Gamble mare, Rainbow Pride. 

Rainbow Heir is now available for inspection at Ocala Stud, which will be hosting a daily open house for its stallions every Monday to Saturday through Feb. 15th from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. For more information about Rainbow Heir or the open house, please contact David or Joe O’Farrell at 352-237-2171, or visit OcalaStud.com.

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