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Winnings Color, rail, runs second to Goodbye Halo.
Feb. 20, 1988
Winning Colors in the Las Virgenes Stakes

Winning Colors went into the Feb. 20 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita unbeaten in three starts. Her career had started at Saratoga as a 2-year-old and her win that day marked her as a promising filly. That victory later took on additional importance after the runner-up, Epitome, captured the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) that fall. After that, Winning Colors was looked upon in a whole new light.

Winning Colors ended her 2-year-old season with an easy allowance victory at Santa Anita in late December, then cruised to victory in a restricted stakes there in January. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, feeling good about the filly, started her next in the Las Virgenes.

Winning Colors faced four rivals, including Goodbye Halo, who was runner-up to Epitome in Eclipse Award balloting for top juvenile filly. The crowd favored Winning Colors at 3-5, with Goodbye Halo next at 7-5, and it was those two battling down the stretch, with Winning Colors succumbing by a neck.

Winning Colors was tested twice more before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). She won the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) over Goodbye Halo, who was third, and beat males in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Both fillies were there for Churchill Downs' two big races, with Winning Colors winning the Derby and Goodbye Halo the Oaks (gr. I).

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