Colorful Tour Wins Fourth Straight in Essex

Irish Acres Farm's homebred Colorful Tour stormed down the rail to tally by 1 1/2 length over Ask The Lord in Saturday's $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

Luis Quinonez rode the Noel Hickey-trained 4-year-old Illinois-bred son of Tour d'Or, who won his fourth straight race. The victory was his first in a graded stakes.

He completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46 3/5 over a muddy track before a crowd of 15,483 that watched under sunny skies.

Ask The Lord held second by a nose over longshot Premeditation. Favored Crafty Shaw finished fourth.

Winning for the ninth time in 15 career races while picking up a $60,000 winning share, Colorful Tour improved his career earnings total to $392,444.

(Chart, Equibase)