On Monday, two venues held their Graded races. In Churchill Downs, five-year-old mare Sconsin triumphed in the G3 Winning Colors Stakes, while the spectators in the Lone Star Park witnessed one of the best performances of Silver Prospector, who prevailed in a Graded race for the first time since bagging the G3 Southwest Stakes in 2020. The Steven Asmussen trained horse scored the G3 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes.
Winning Colors Stakes
Four-year-old fillies and older mares lined up for this G3 race on the dirt surface, vying for the purse of $200,000. In the end, only five participants covered the distance of six furlongs, with Sconsin (1-2) fulfilling the role of a favorite. Under Tyler Gaffalione, she settled behind the leader.
Despite losing her position throughout the race, the five-year-old mare managed to improve it, and when hitting the final stretch, she had just one rival before her. Subsequently, the Gregory Foley bound bay took command and delivered a smooth success in 1m 8.18s. Joyful Cadence (5-1) was second by a length, while Li’l Tootsie (76-10) finished third.
The victorious mare is a G2 scorer; moreover, she placed second in the last year’s G1 Derby City Distaff Stakes. Therefore, her triumph in Sunday’s event was almost compulsory as none of her rivals should’ve matched her ability.
Sconsin didn’t disappoint in her seasonal reappearance, always doing enough to prevail in front of boldly running Joyful Cadence. The rest of the field didn’t pose even the tiniest threat for the favourite as Li’l Tootise was the best of it, running in third.
Steve Sexton Mile Stakes
In the Lone Star Park, this G3 race for four-year-old and older horses was held at the distance of a mile and offered the purse of $400,000. On the dirt surface, Mish (7-2) sprinted out of the gate to take command, and he remained first until the final stretch when another grey participant, Silver Prospector (11-2), showed remarkable determination to better him, which he did in the end.
Piloted by Stewart Elliott, the five-year-old horse cruised home in 1m 37.20s, leaving Mish in second by one and ½ of a length. Preferred Shaaz (21-10) didn’t show anything extraordinary when taking third.
The Steven Asmussen bound Silver Prospector scored the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes in 2019, but as a three-year-old, he didn’t draw on that result, didn’t run in any of the Classic races, while his best results came among the G3 company.
The son of Declaration of War proved to belong among such competition by his Sunday performance, arguably his career-best one as he angled the first turn quite wide and made good progress on the opposite stretch, upon which he dug deep to run down Mish in the closing stages.
His will to win was definitely eye-catching. Mish set the pace initially and fought bravely with the subsequent winner to secure second place in front of third Shaaz, who only narrowly took third place before Popular Kid (10-1).
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