SpectraVET Classic Performance of the Week: Winning Colors
Of 38 fillies who have contested the Kentucky Derby, only three have won: Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980) and Winning Colors (1988).
Winning Colors raced made a name for herself racing on the west coast for trainer D. Wayne Lucas, winning both of her starts at age 2. The next spring, the grey filly put on a powerful performance in the Santa Anita Derby, defeating colts her age by 7½ lengths. Sent to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, she was up against a stellar field of colts including Risen Star, Seeking the Gold, Forty Niner, Regal Classic, and co-favorite Private Terms. As was her habit, Winning Colors broke fast and raced to the lead. Although Forty Niner made a determined charge in the homestretch, she held him off to win by a neck.
In 2000, Winning Colors was inducted in the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She lived until age 23 and is buried at Greentree Farm, a division of Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.
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