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Colorful Sky Steps Up For Open Win

Published: October 13, 2017 11:21 pm ET

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Colorful Sky made a successful debut into Open mares company on Friday night (October 13), winning the featured $18,500 event in a new lifetime best 1:51.4 clocking.

Defending national dash champion Aaron Merriman, who recently scored his 800th win for the fourth consecutive season and has announced a goal of 1,000 wins in a single season for his first time this year, was the sulky-sitter as the five-year-old daughter of Skydancer Hanover notched her 16th career victory. Colorful Sky also passed the $100,000 earnings plateau with the win.

Owner Grant Wilfong has campaigned the winner throughout her career, but recently relegated the training duties to Charles Stewart. In her first start under Stewart’s tutelage, Colorful Sky finished second in a top distaff condition event that went in 1:50.4.

In this week’s clash, Merriman and Colorful Sky yielded briefly to Addys Way (Dan Noble) as they approached the quarter-mile marker in :26.4. Immediately moving back to the lead, Colorful Sky led the field to the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:23.3, then tacked on a :28.1 final panel to barely hold on over last week’s Open winner, Town Temptress (Kyle Ater), for the victory. Longshot Make Three Wishes (Josh Sutton) was best of the rest to garner the show dough.


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