Gainesway Thoroughbreds' Ocean Colors, a 2-year-old Orientate filly out of 1988 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winnerWinning Colors, made her racing debut one to remember June 13 at Churchill Downs by scoring a front-running 5 1/4-length victory in the fourth race.
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Ocean Colors covered the five furlongs over a fast main track in a meet-best :57.08 seconds, defeating six other 2-year-old fillies. She rewarded her backers with a $5 payoff as the second betting choice.
“She sure has a lot of class,” said Asmussen, who’ll saddle reigning 2007 Horse of the YearCurlin in Saturday’s $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. “I didn’t know she’d be that fast from the gate. Who knows how good she might be?”
Winning Colors became the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby when she won the 114th edition under jockey Gary Stevens for owner Gene Klein and trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Winning Colors died this year on Feb. 17 following complications from colic.
Ocean Colors is the next-to-last foal of 10 produced by Winning Colors. Her last foal is a yearling filly byMr. Greeley.