09/16/2017 12:45PM

Rainbow Heir to stand at Ocala Stud upon retirement

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Rainbow Heir wins the New Jersey Breeders Handicap last month.

Rainbow Heir, a Grade 3 winner and contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, will stand at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla., upon his retirement from racing.

The 7-year-old son of Wildcat Heir has won 12 of 29 career starts over five seasons of racing for earnings of $639,405. His victories include the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes, two editions each of the Wolf Hill Stakes and New Jersey Breeders Handicap, and the Teddy Drone and Gin Rummy Champ stakes.

Rainbow Heir was named the New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year in 2014. The horse races as a homebred for New Farm, which also bred and campaigned sire Wildcat Heir and co-owned paternal grandsire Forest Wildcat, who was himself bred by Ocala Stud. Wildcat Heir was Florida’s leading sire prior to his death in 2015. Jason Servis trains Rainbow Heir.

“I think he’s one of, if not the, fastest sons of Wildcat Heir,” said Eb Novak of New Farm. “He’s a very, very nice closing sprinter, dirt or grass, and he’s a good-looking horse from that line.”

Rainbow Heir is out of the stakes-placed Prospectors Gamble mare Rainbow Pride, whose seven foals to race are all winners, including stakes-placed Follow the Rainbow. Grade 2 winner Santana Strings and stakes winners The Professor and Summitt Joy are in the extended family.

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