Graeme Six Conquers Winning Colors
Photo: Reed Palmer
Graeme Six earned wins her first graded race May 26 in the Winning Colors (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Graeme Six earned her third victory of the season and first career graded score May 26 in the $107,600 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) at Churchill Downs, pressing the pace and then taking over in upper stretch under Julien Leparoux. The daughter of Graeme Hall drew clear to win the six-furlong sprint by 1 1/2 lengths.

Miss Macy Sue closed ground from off the pace to get up for second under Eusebio Razo Jr., a head in front of Change Up and Robby Albarado. The final time was 1:09.17.

A consistent money earner, Graeme Six has now recorded a 5-6-0 record in 14 starts for owners Tom O’Grady, Johns Martin, and Team West Side Stables. She has banked $311,854 after being purchased for $37,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training. She is trained by Tom Amoss.

Out of the Polish Pro mare Polish Ruby, Graeme Six was bred in Florida by William and Annabel Murphy.

Change Up broke from post six in a hurry under Albarado, leading the field of six through aggressive factions of :22.11 and :45.05. Pretty Jenny and Adhrhythm were closest in the early stages, but by the time they reached the half-mile pole Graeme Six was four-wide and right alongside the leader. She passed Change Up when they straightened away and opened up by more than two lengths in mid-stretch. Leparoux urged her to the wire with room to spare.

“She ran a beautiful race,” Leparoux said. “She relaxed for me today. She’s a filly that can break sharp and you can do really anything you want, but today she didn’t really break sharp. So I put her behind the lead and she was very comfortable. She had a little bit more for the finish, and that was good.”

Going off as the second choice, Graeme Six paid $7, $3 and $2.20. The exacta (5-2) with favored Miss Macy Sue was worth $17.40, while the trifecta (5-2-6) paid $51.

Graeme Six entered the Winning Colors off an eighth-place finish in the May 3 Humana Distaff (gr. I), but prior to that she won the Feb. 9 Pan Zareta at Fair Grounds and March 29 Carousel at Oaklawn Park. As a 3-year-old, Graeme Six won twice and was second to Dream Rush in the Prioress (gr. I) at Belmont.

“Horses have used this race as a springboard for big things at the end of the year, and now that the Breeders’ Cup has incorporated a sprint for fillies, we’re excited about the opportunity to perhaps try that if she stays 100 percent,” Amoss said. “This is a top filly, and I don’t use those words all of the time. But this is a top filly and if she stays together she’ll be a factor at the end of the year in that kind of race.”

Gem Sleuth was fourth, followed by Pretty Jenny and Adhrhythm.

(Chart, Equibase)

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