Winning Colors at Churchill Downs Ends in Dead Heat For Diva Express and I’m a Looker
Diva Express and I’m a Looker continued their rivalry Saturday at Churchill Downs, and the two fillies battled through a superb stretch drive to finish in a dead heat in the 13th running of the Winning Colors Stakes. The $100,000 Grade III for fillies and mares was contested at six furlongs and both Diva Express and I’m a Looker crossed the wire in a swift 109.49.
Those two finished first and second by a head in an allowance race May 3rd at Churchill Downs, and this time the finish was even tighter between the 4-year-old fillies.
“Robby got ahead of me, but then my filly put her head down,” said Julien Leparoux, who rode Diva Express for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse. “She’s really trained well so I thought that she would run big and she did.”
Diva Express won her third straight race at Churchill Downs since November, 2015 and now has four wins in 11 lifetime starts. She paid $6 to win and I’m a Looker paid $9.40. I’m a Looker won for the third time in 15 starts, and the winners received $40,180 each.
“She ran super. I loved the pace up front and I had a really, really, really good trip,” said I’m a Looker jockey Robby Albarado.
Spelling Again, winner of the Grade II Chilukki at Churchill Downs last fall, rallied belatedly to finish third three-quarters of a length behind.
Enchanting Lady, the heavy 4-5 favorite in the seven horse field, led at the half-mile marker but faded badly to finish fifth.
The victory was the first in a graded stakes for Pat Dupuy, who trains I’m a Looker for the Glenmare Farm LLC of Chester Miller.
The dead-heat was the first in a Churchill stakes since Karelian and Demarcation in the 2008 River City.