Speightstown added Island Bound to his impressive roster of stakes winners when the 5-year-old mare rallied late to win the Grade 3, $110,100 Winning Colors S. by 1 ¼ lengths over Beat the Blues at Churchill Downs. The winner is one of eight stakes winners in 2012 by his sire, who ranks fifth on this year's General Sire list.
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In the six furlong Winning Colors, Island Bound was allowed to settle as Honey Chile, Page Springs and 2-1 favorite Good Deed disputed the pace in the early stages through fractions of :21.61 and :45.05. Island Bound went six-wide around the front-runners entering the stretch, eventually wearing them down to forge ahead at the furlong marker. She stopped the timer on a main track rated fast in 1:09.89.
“This filly has really improved over the year. Her last race (Apr. 14, 2nd in the $200,000 Sugar Maple S.) was very good and she had been training well since then,” said winning trainer Ian Wilkes. “I’m very happy for (owner) Bob Manfuso. He’s a tremendous guy and I’m so happy he was able to get this graded stakes win.”
Island Bound, who is out of the stakes-place mare Indy Mood for Luv, was bred in Kentucky by Nursery Place. The mare is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Savorthetime, who earned $605,356, and Rogue Romance, winner of the Grade 3 Bourbon S. at Keeneland.
Island Bound won for the fifth time in 20 career starts. The $66,215 winner’s share of the purse bumped her career earnings to $213,238. She has finished first or second in each of her six starts this year, with three victories.