Looking to Break Even in Winning Colors at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Nine fillies and mares line up in Saturday’s Winning Colors (G3) at Churchill Downs. (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

A speedy group of nine fillies and mares will line up in Saturday’s $100,000 Winning Colors (G3) at Churchill Downs led by the Brad Cox trained Break Even.

The four-year-old filly has won seven of her nine career starts and coming off a sharp win at Oaklawn Park where she took the field gate to wire. Joel Rosario has the return call on the filly who will break from the two post as the 9-5 second choice on the morning line.

The 8-5 morning line favorite is Mia Mischief, who has won six of her last 10 starts, winning the Carousel at Oaklawn Park by daylight on April 25. The Steve Asmussen trainee breaks from the eight post with Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons.

The co-feature on Saturday’s 11-race card is the $100,000 Mint Julep (G3), a 1 1/16 mile turf event that drew a field of 14 fillies and mares.

Cox will saddle the 5-2 morning line favorite Juliet Foxtrot, who was third in the Matriarc (G1) at Del Mar in December in her last outing. The mare beat second level optional claimers over the Churchill Downs turf last May and then won the Modesty Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park last July.

FS2 will cover the action from Churchill Downs from 1:00 to 2:30 ET and then from 2:30 to 6:30 ET moves to FS1. The NBC Sports Network will simulcast the TVG broadcast from 4:00 to 8:00 ET.

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Let’s head out to Churchill Downs for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Race 7 The Winning Colors (G3) Post time 4:08 ET

2 Break Even   9-5

4 Bell’s the One   15-1

8 Mia Mischief   8-5

7 Spiced Perfection   7-2

Break Even

The Brad Cox trainee makes her third start off the bench her and is coming off a sharp gate to wire score against allowance optional claimers last out at Oaklawn Park. It was her seventh win in nine career starts. She won six of seven last year including the Eight Belles (G2) over a sloppy track here on Oaks Day. She owns the edge in early and mid pace numbers and looks quick enough to get clear early. The surface at this distance so far at the meet fits her running style and she looks capable of moving forward off her last outing.

Bell’s the One

This filly returns off a three month break here and returns to the main track after a seventh on turf in the Mardi Gras at Fair Grounds. Last fall she put in her two best career efforts, a runner up finish here in the Dogwood and then winning the Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland in an upset at 13-1. She then was fifth in the la Brea (G1) at Santa Anita where he faced a really tough group which included Hard Not to Like and Bellafina. She has worked well for her return there is enough early speed in here things could set up for her to come running late at a generous price.

Mia Mischief

This mare has done some of her best running under the Twin Spires, winning 5 of 8 with a pair of seconds. She is coming off matching her career top speed fig winning the Carousel at Oaklawn Park by 4 ½ lengths. Among her wins last year was the Humana Distaff (G1) here on Derby Day. The Asmussen trainee makes her third start of her current form cycle and fits well here but may end up a light price.

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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