Rainbow Heirs Wins Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship
11/26/2017

In the inaugural running of the $125,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship on the outer turf in Race 8, New Farm's Rainbow Heir ran down Summation Time in the final furlong and fended off Dubini's late kick to win.

Summation Time broke alertly and led the field of 10 though a quarter-mile in 21.80 seconds and the half in 44.11. Under Ortiz, Jr., Rainbow Heir, who had been as far back as fifth, gained ground out of the turn and surged past his stablemate in the final eighth.

Dubini, at 59-1, made an impressive late charge from the outside. But Rainbow Heir dug in, completing six furlongs in 1:08.60 as the Jason Servis trainee won by three-quarters of a length.

"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, who notched his third win on Saturday and second in a stakes. "I was a passenger. He always tries, he's always there, even in the mornings."

Rainbow Heir won his third stakes in his last five starts, adding to his victories in the Wolf Hill and the New Jersey Breeders Handicap on August 27 at Monmouth Park in his 7-year-old campaign.

Off at 6-1, the New Jersey homebred paid $15.60 on a $2 win wager. Rainbow Heir improved his career earnings to $731,545.

Runner-up Dubini, finished a half-length ahead of the Mark Casse-trained Conquest Panthera in third.

Summation Time, Bucchero, Dowse's Beach, White Flag, Snowday, Blind Ambition and Spring to the Sky completed the order of finish.

Ready for Rye, who ran fourth on Thanksgiving in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap, was scratched, as was main-track only entrants Cerro and Summer Revolution.