Oaklawn News

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, March 29, 2015) – Coming off an eye-catching 7 ½-length maiden score in his career debut, Weast Hill was equally impressive winning his second start in Sunday’s $75,000 Rainbow Stakes. The Arkansas-bred 3-year-old by Rockport Harbor stopped the clock in 1:09 4/5 for six furlongs on the a fast track, the second fastest time in 41 editions of the Rainbow.

Weast Hill was the quickest from the gate and proceeded to lead the field through opening fractions of :21 3/5 and :44 4/5 for the first half mile while maintaining a comfortable one length advantage. The winner, after getting a breather around the turn, widened his lead through the stretch and easily defeated Comic Bird, who was making his career debut, by 3 ¼ lengths. It was another half-length back to the 6-5 favorite We Be Stormin in third.

“He’s a nice horse and I let him do his own thing,” said winning jockey Jesus Castanon. “I let him settle the first part of the race and when they came up to me, I just let him go and do his business. He opened up right away when I asked him to go at the eighth pole. He’s got talent and he showed it today.”

“We knew he was set for a big effort today," added trainer Brad Cox. “We'll regroup with him and maybe ship him to Churchill. We'll look for a small stakes somewhere against open company, obviously, and see if he can compete with those. That was cool to have a fast time. I was proud of him.”

The undefeated Weast Hill was bred by his owner Starsky Weast of Star City, Ark. He has now earned $83,400. He returned $4.80, $3.80 and $2.40 as the 8-5 second choice in the field of seven.

“I'm real excited,” Weast said. "I've raised this horse from a baby and it's good to come out and see him do good like this.”