Graded stakes winners Break Even, Bell’s the One, Mia Mischief and Spiced Perfection top an extremely-competitive nine-horse affair in Saturday’s 17th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Winning Colors presented by Finlandia at Churchill Downs.
The six-furlong Winning Colors is the co-featured event on Saturday’s card along with the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The Winning Colors will go as Race 7 while the Mint Julep is carded as Race 11. First post for the 11-race program is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).
The Winning Colors field is led by Grade I winners Mia Mischief and Spiced Perfection. Mia Mischief, owned by Stonestreet Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, won last year’s $500,000 Distaff (GI) at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old mare by Into Mischief began her 2020 campaign with a 2 ¼-length allowance victory and 4 ½-length win in Oaklawn Park’s $125,000 Carousel Stakes. Asmussen’s go-to rider Ricardo Santana Jr. will be in the irons from post No. 8.
Haruya Yoshida’s newly-purchased mare Spiced Perfection will break from post 7 Saturday in her first start with trainer Mark Casse. Spiced Perfection has earned more than $1.2 million in purse earnings, which includes a Grade I score in the $300,000 La Brea for former owners Dare To Dream Stable and trainer Brian Koriner. In 2019, Spiced Perfection was transferred to trainer Peter Miller and scored a hard-fought victory in the $300,000 Madison (GI) for owners Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch. Javier Castellano will have the call in Saturday’s Winning Colors.
The Winning Colors field also includes Klein Racing’s multiple stakes winner Break Even (post 2); Lothenbach Stables $250,000 Raven Run (GII) winner Bell’s the One (post 4); and KMN Racing’s $200,000 Evening Jewel hero Sneaking Out (post 1).
Break Even is cross-entered as a main track-only competitor in Race 9 on Thursday at Churchill Downs.
The complete field for the Winning Colors from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Sneaking Out (Jose Ortiz, Jerry Hollendorfer); Break Even (Joel Rosario, Brad Cox); Princess Causeway (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes); Bell’s the One (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin); Unique Factor (Florent Geroux, Peter Miller); Take Charge Angel (Julien Leparoux, Ben Colebrook); Spiced Perfection (Castellano, Casse); Mia Mischief (Santana, Asmussen); and Lady Suebee (Tyler Baze, John Sadler).