01/31/2018 4:17PM

Rainbow Heir retired to Ocala Stud

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rainbow Heir capped his racing career with a victory in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.

Rainbow Heir, a recent winner of the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla., during the 2018 breeding season for an advertised fee of $3,500.

The deal to stand the 8-year-old Wildcat Heir horse was first reported in September. He retired with 14 wins in 31 career starts over six seasons of racing for earnings of $804,395, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park. His eight non-graded stakes wins included the Teddy Drone Stakes, Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship Stakes, Gin Rummy Champ Stakes, and two editions each of the Wolf Hill Stakes and New Jersey Breeders Handicap.

He ended his career with two straight wins, taking the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship in November, and exiting in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint on Jan 27. He earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure in his farewell effort to give him the highest turf figure to date in 2018.

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“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 [on the Pegasus World Cup card]. And there were a lot of really nice horses down there, obviously."

Rainbow Heir was named New Jersey’s 2014 Horse of the Year, racing as a homebred for New Jersey-based New Farm and trainer Jason Servis. He was recently named the state’s turf horse of the year in 2017.

The new stallion is out of the stakes-placed Prospectors Gamble mare Rainbow Pride, whose seven foals to race are all winners, also including stakes-placed Follow the Rainbow. Grade 2 winner Santana Springs is in the extended family.

Rainbow Heir is available for inspection at Ocala Stud, which will be hosting a daily stallion open house every Monday to Saturday through Feb. 15 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Eastern.