Winning Colors Stakes 2023: Echo Zulu returns with style

A nine race Memorial Day card at Churchill Downs was headlined by the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes 2023, with three-time Grade 1 winner Echo Zulu making her first appearance since November, she was the heavy favorite for victory over her five rivals who all had something to prove. 

In what was a hotly fought contest, it was Echo Zulu who proved too strong and set her 2023 season up for potential future Grade 1 glories. 

Winning Colors Stakes

Grade 3, six furlongs, Dirt. Open to fillies & mares aged four and over. Total prize pool $225,000

  1. Echo Zulu -180
  2. Fire on Time +300
  3. Last Leaf +800

Winning time: 1.08:59

With just six runners in this year’s Winning Colors, the action was expected to be fast and furious. With all eyes on Echo Zulu, she broke alertly and quickly headed to the front. 

With Echo Zulu establishing an early lead, it was the Dale Roman trained Fire on Time who was keen to give pursuit. 

With the two stretching clear from the rest of their rivals, it was clear that this race would be settled between the two front runners. 

Rounding the home turn it was Fire on Time who was able to hit the front, however Echo Zulu came back for more.

Showing all the class of a champion, she drew back alongside her rival and set sail for home. With Fire on Time starting to paddle Echo Zulu kicked further clear and would go onto win the race by five widening lengths.

It was a brave performance from Fire on Time who was able to cling on for second place, with Last Leaf able to finish in third.


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Winning Colors Stakes 2023 Payouts

Echo Zulu$2.62$2.36$2.10
Fire on Time $5.24$2.50
Last Leaf  $2.12

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