2019 Winning Colors Stakes Study Guide

May 23, 2019 John Mucciolo/TwinSpires.com

A well-matched field of 12 fillies and mares will contest the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The result of the six-furlong test could go a number of different directions in what is a competitive betting affair.

Here is the field:


Quick Quick Quick Career Racing Stats

11 Starts
2 Wins
3 Place
1 Show
Total Career Earnings: $146,995

Top BRIS Speed rating (87) in a pair of allowance victories at Keeneland and Churchill Downs

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables LLC
Breeder: Marylou Whitney Stables LLC (KY)
Trainer: Ian Wilkes
Jockey: Chris Landeros

Sire: Tiago
Dam: Quick Town
Color: Dark Bay

The four-year-old filly shows nice form with a pair of top-three performances in 2019 in preparation of her stakes debut. The Kentucky-bred is an improving sort and could be a factor with another step forward third time out this season.


Annathela Career Racing Stats

21 Starts
4 Wins
7 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $250,337

Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in allowance tally two back at Keeneland

Owner: Michael and Reiko Baum
Breeder: Michael and Reiko Baum (KY)
Trainer: Rusty Arnold
Jockey: James Graham

Sire: Elusive Quality
Dam: Ethel Anna
Color: Dark Bay

This dark bay mare was a closing fourth against stakes rivals in her 2018 finale and is training well in advance of her comeback. The six-year-old shows a solid 10-3-4-1 mark on this main surface, and she could receive a nice stalking trip in behind the pace while saving ground.

Upset Brewing Career Racing Stats

22 Starts
3 Wins
11 Place
3 Show
Total Career Earnings: $250,020

Top BRIS Speed rating (94) in allowance second at Fair Grounds

Owner: Allied Racing Stable LLC
Breeder: Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate (KY)
Trainer: William Bradley
Jockey: Edgar Morales

Sire: Justin Phillip
Dam: Tipperary Moon
Color: Bay

The four-year-old miss was a positive allowance runner-up on this oval most recently for trainer Bill Bradley, who has a pair of contenders in the field. The Kentucky-bred has hit the board in six of seven local assignments and hopes to secure her first stakes trophy.

Classy Act Career Racing Stats

12 Starts
3 Wins
4 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $212,793

Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in allowance victory at Churchill Downs

Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Breeder: George Krikorian (KY)
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: Adam Beschizza

Sire: Into Mischief
Dam: Acting Class
Color: Dark Bay

This talented filly picked up a pair of graded placings in 2018 and has trained in swift fashion in advance of her seasonal debut. The daughter of Into Mischief will be making her first run since coming to the barn of Joe Sharp, and she has celebrated prior success on this main surface. Expect the four-year-old to be sent from the break.


She’s A Gypsy Career Racing Stats

7 Starts
3 Wins
1 Place
1 Show
Total Career Earnings: $120,440

Top BRIS Speed rating (95) in allowance score at Churchill Downs

Owner: 10% Racing Stable LLC
Breeder: 100% Racing LLC (KY)
Trainer: Helen Pitts
Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sire: Pioneerof the Nile
Dam: Gone Theatrical
Color: Dark Bay

This Kentucky-bred makes her stakes debut in this spot in her first start of the season. The four-year-old sports a nifty 4-2-1-1 line at Churchill Downs and was a winner the last time she raced off of this kind of layoff. Corey Lanerie has the assignment.

Divine Queen Career Racing Stats

13 Starts
4 Wins
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $159,123

Top BRIS Speed rating (99) in allowance victory at Fair Grounds

Owner: William B. Bradley and Carl Hurst
Breeder: William B. Bradley and Carl Hurst (KY)
Trainer: William Bradley
Jockey: Calvin Borel

Sire: Divine Park
Dam: Town Queen
Color: Bay

This bay four-year-old upset the Dogwood Stakes here in the fall at 51-1 odds and is a perfect two-for-two on this course. The Kentucky-bred lacks consistency, but she does possess a nice turn of foot and surely has an affinity for racing beneath the Twin Spires. She has posted some fast workouts in preparation of her 2019 bow.


Let it Ride Mom Career Racing Stats

16 Starts
4 Wins
6 Place
1 Show
Total Career Earnings: $379,501

Top BRIS Speed rating (98) in 2018 Whimsical Stakes (G3) win at Woodbine

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Breeder: Tim Thornton, Robert Watt, Doug Glass and Greg Foley (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Sire: Into Mischief
Dam: Golden Marlin
Color: Bay

This Grade 3 heroine has faced stakes foes in at least 10 straight races and might be the class of the field. The Mark Casse trainee gets back on the dirt in this spot after racing on synthetic and turf for much of her career, but her local workouts signal that she will be a major force on Saturday. Tyler Gaffalione will be rallying the accomplished lass from off the early pace.


Astrollinthepark Career Racing Stats

17 Starts
5 Wins
3 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $257,682

Top BRIS Speed rating (98) in Roxelana Stakes victory at Churchill Downs and an allowance third at Oaklawn Park

Owner: Dreamchaser Thorobreds
Breeder: Dreamchaser Thorobreds (KY)
Trainer: Larry Jones
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Sire: Divine Park
Dam: All in With Aces
Color: Bay

This mare was a sharp stakes winner on this oval last campaign and is training in solid fashion in advance of her five-year-old debut. The Kentucky-bred ran a trio of big races on the course as a four-year-old and goes here for a conditioner who knows how to have them ready off of the layoff. The five-year-old bay will be in the mix early on.

Awestruck Career Racing Stats

19 Starts
4 Wins
5 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $305,228

Top BRIS Speed rating (98) for sixth placing in Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland

Owner: G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
Breeder: Chester and Anne Prince (KY)
Trainer: Rusty Arnold
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Sire: Tapit
Dam: Tizfiz
Color: Gray

This daughter of Tapit splashed home a convincing winner on the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1) undercard. The five-year-old mare has a strong turn of foot and could peak in her third race off the bench under Brian Hernandez Jr.

Salt Bae Career Racing Stats

16 Starts
4 Wins
4 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $185,965

Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in Fair Grounds allowance victory and Oaklawn Park allowance second

Owner: Naveed Chowhan
Breeder: Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding (KY)
Trainer: Bernie Flint
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Sire: Paynter
Dam: Agatha
Color: Dark Bay

This Bernie Flint pupil looked the part in a pair of allowance wins at Fair Grounds earlier this season. The Kentucky-bred will be part of the early pace, but the fact that she has failed to hit the board in four tries on the Churchill Downs surface is a concern.

Honey Bunny Career Racing Stats

30 Starts
13 Wins
5 Place
4 Show
Total Career Earnings: $359,485

Top BRIS Speed rating (97) in optional claiming win at Keeneland two back

Owner: Hooties Racing LLC, WSS Racing LLC and 4G Racing LLC
Breeder: Frederick M. Allor and Michael T. Barnett (KY)
Trainer: John Ortiz
Jockey: Tyler Baze

Sire: Tapizar
Dam: Sennockian Storm
Color: Bay

The surging mare comes in with four wins in succession, and five of her last six. The Tapizar five-year-old is a 13-time winner overall and has arguably never been better leading up to this big class hike. The wildcard in the cast retains the services of Tyler Baze.


Suzette Career Racing Stats

12 Starts
4 Wins
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $93,274

Top BRIS Speed rating (87) in Chariot Chaser Stakes second at Northlands Park

Owner: Peter Varga
Breeder: 3480 Equine LLC (KY)
Trainer: Tina Hurley
Jockey: Javier Padron-Barcenas

Sire: Overanalyze
Dam: Anna Bird Rulez
Color: Chestnut

This longshot gets the dreaded widest post in the big field and would be a surprise against this cast. The Kentucky-bred will need a massive move forward in her toughest assignment to date.

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