Horse Racing

Grade 1 Winner Bell’s The One Bypasses Winning Colors To Target Chicago Stakes At Churchill


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Bell’s the One and Corey Lanerie taking the 2020 Winning Colors Stakes for trainer Neil Pessin.

Lothenbach Stables’ Grade 1-winning mare Bell’s the One did not show up in the entry box for Monday’s $200,000 Winning Colors (G3) and instead will wait to run in the $200,000 Chicago (G3) at Churchill Downs on June 25.

Bell’s the One, who finished fourth in the $750,000 Derby City Distaff (G1) in her last start, worked as swift half-mile in :47.20 Saturday morning under regular jockey Corey Lanerie. The 11-time winning sprinter made the first start of her 6-year-old campaign in the $500,000 Madison (G1) at Keeneland and finished just three-quarters of a length behind Just One Time.

“I thought she was a little flat in the Derby City Distaff,” trainer Neil Pessin said as he stood on the end of the shank while his prized mare grazed behind Barn 42. “This will give her a little extra time between her starts and still be able to run over the track we know she loves.”

Bell’s the One has recorded five victories beneath the Twin Spires including the 2020 Winning Colors. As a 2-year-old, Bell’s the One won on the all-weather surface at Arlington and even recorded a turf victory at 3-years-old in the $75,000 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial at Fair Grounds.

Nominations to the Chicago close June 18.

Several of the horses in Monday’s Winning Colors could make their next starts in the Chicago. The six-furlong Winning Colors will go as Race 8 of 9 with a post time of 4:22 p.m. (ET).

A total of five rivals entered the Winning Colors to face five-time winner Sconsin. The Greg Foley-trained daughter of Include has been on the sidelines since her half-length victory in the $300,000 Open Mind in mid-September.

The Winning Colors field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Joyful Cadence (Joe Talamo, John Ortiz, 6-1); Novel Squall (Brian Hernandez Jr., John Ortiz, 5-2); Sconsin (Gaffalione, Foley, 6-5); Li’l Tootsie (James Graham, Tom Amoss, 5-1); Tipsy Gal (Ricardo Santana Jr., Dallas Stewart, 15-1); and Euphoric (Gerardo Corrales, Bernie Flint, 5-1).

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