Winning Colors Career Program Collection
This impressive collection contains mint-condition programs from all 19 starts of the celebrated career of racing Hall of Famer and 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Gary Stevens, both members of racing's Hall of Fame, Winning Colors is one of only three fillies to win the coveted Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. The striking gray filly took the lead out of the gate seemingly undaunted by an impressive field that included Risen Star and Seeking the Gold. Forty Niner challenged her late, but Winning Colors lead the race wire to wire in an exciting finish for the classic race's 114th running. Winning Colors continued to face the best of her generation during her heralded career. Among her most noted career races were the 1988 Preakness Stakes, in which she placed to Risen Star, and the 1989 Breeders' Cup Distaff when she faced the undefeated filly champion Personal Ensign, only to lose by a nose decision that is considered one of the greatest performances and most thrilling finishes in racing history. Significant races contained within the program set are: 1987 maiden race at Saratoga, 1988 Santa Anita Oaks and Derby, the 1988 and 1989 Maskette at Belmont Park, 1988 Spinster at Keeneland, and a scarce program from the 1989 Breeders' Cup at Gulfstream Park, which featured the final contest between legendary racing rivals Sunday Silence and Easy Goer. To own a complete collection of programs from any Hall of Fame racing champion is extremely rare. To own a collection in pristine and unmarked condition is nearly impossible.
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