Churchill Downs put on a great show last Saturday night. We had two thrilling finishes to our stakes races: The $150K Winning Colors, which was a six furlong dash over the dirt. And the $110 Keertana Overnight Stakes, which was a twelve furlong marathon over the lawn. Let's get to recapping.
The $150K Winning Colors Stakes (G3) was won by SCONSIN, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, trained by Gregory Foley, owned by Lloyd Madison Farms, IV LLC — with a powerful late kick.
SCONSIN couldn't have asked for a better trip. She broke beautifully at the start, then took a tracking trip in third place, sitting two to three lengths off the dueling pacesetters RISING SEAS and FRANK'S ROCKETTE. They pushed the opening quarters in 21.72 and 44.55. Leaving the backside, RISING SEA responded to the pressure from FRANK'S ROCKETTE and the two of them quickened for home, with TIPSY GAL tailing them in third.
But once Tyler Gaffalione swings SCONSIN to the outside and sets her down for the drive, she kicks into high gear and charges past her rivals in deep stretch. RISING SEAS outdueled FRANK'S ROCKETTE for second place. FRANK'S ROCKETTE, after a bad break, ran very well to secure third. The final time for the six furlongs on dirt was 1:08.80.
"Everything set up like we thought it would," jockey Tyler Gaffalione said. "The speed went on and set quick fractions. We were able to sit back and bide our time. When I put her out at the top of the lane she finished the job."
"She's a good filly," trainer Gregory Foley said. "She came out of the Derby City Distaff really good. I knew she was going to run well.
"We gave her some time this winter just to back off of her and have her ready for the spring," Foley added. "That was the game plan and everything has gone great so far. She ran a big race to Gamine on Derby Day and made her run, anyway. She loves Churchill and that's why I wanted to run her here tonight." (Paulick Report)
SCONSIN paid $4.20 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.10 to show. She is by INCLUDE out of SCONNIE by TIZNOW. She improves her record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 12 total starts, while pushing her earnings to $546,512.
Be on the lookout for both FRANK'S ROCKETTE and HEADLAND's next starts because they each had trouble at the start. FRANK'S ROCKETTE was off poorly and sent to press the pace, which may have used up most of the tank. HEADLAND had an even worse beginning, stumbling almost to her nose, then racing a bit wide and headstrong to settle down at the back.
The $110K Keertana Overnight Stakes was won by TEMPLE CITY TERROR, riden by Adam Beschizza, trained by Brendan Walsh, owned by Pocket Aces Racing LLC — getting up just in time to reel in DALIKA.
It was an unusual race! TEMPLE CITY TERROR broke out on top but was quickly overtaken by DALIKA, who cleared the lead and opened up by fifteen lengths early on. DELTA'S KINGDOM led the second group, with TEMPLE CITY TERROR racing unhurried along the fence in fourth. They opened the quarters in 24.21, 48.14, and 1:13.33. It was a relatively quick pace but Florent Geroux on DALIKA slowed it down the backstretch. The lead diminished to eleven lengths, but heading into the stretch, they still had a three length advantage.
TEMPLE CITY TERROR was asked for run and was the only one making up any serious ground on the leader. But through the length of stretch, she finds her best stride and gets up to tag DALIKA and win by three-fourths of a length at the wire. DALIKA nearly stole the race but had to settle for second. TWEETY SHOW, at odds of $39.40 to win, got up for third. The final time for the one mile and one-half was 2:29.57.
"She has a great turn of foot when you let her loose," jockey Adam Beschizza said.
"It worked out great," trainer Brendan Walsh said. "This filly has been rock-solid from Day One. She shows up every time." (DRF)
TEMPLE CITY TERROR paid $13.20 to win, $5.40, and $4.80 show. She is by TEMPLE CITY out of IT TAKES TWO by MORE THAN READY. She earns her first win of the year, pushes her earnings $288,401, while achieving a new top speed figure. She's got 3 wins 1 second, in 4 starts at Churchill Downs.
Source: Equibase, DRF, Paulick Report