Carnival Colors Wins VA Oaks

CARNIVAL COLORS (Coady Photography)

Godolphin’s Carnival Colors rallied three-wide in the stretch and drew off to a 1¼-length score in the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks to give trainer Mike Stidham his second stakes tally of the night – earlier in the evening he won the $100,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Kitten’s Joy Stakes with Doc Boy. Forest Boyce was aboard the Distorted Humor filly who ran a mile and an eight in 1:48.83.

The English-bred Carnival Colors was coming into the race off a troubled fourth after breaking slowly in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen at Woodbine in her last start.

“Definitely the mile and an eighth (distance of the Oaks) was what we were looking for,” Stidham said. “Last time at Woodbine she got off a little bit slow, and only going a mile she had no chance to make up the ground but I knew if she broke good today and put herself in the race that she was going to be tough to beat.” 

“It worked out to be the perfect trip,” Boyce said. “She broke well which was what I was hoping for. A couple of them went so we sat right behind them and bided our time. Luckily I had plenty of horse to finish with.”

The Virginia Oaks was the first stakes win for Carnival Colors, whose best prior stakes run was a second in the Grade 3 Mazarine at Woodbine. Overall, she sports a record of three wins from six starts. She earned $90,000 to boost her bankroll to $160,764.

Carnival Colors paid $17.20, $7.80 and $5.60. Mercilla returned $5.60 and $3.40. It was another 1¼ lengths back to Solar Kitten who paid $4.80. Zonda, Ionic, Tasting the Stars, Agi’s Cait and Gardenista completed the order of finish.

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