A trio of horses who won stakes at Colonial Downs this summer will all be competing in stakes on the same card this Saturday, December 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Virginia Derby winner English Bee, Virginia Oaks winner Carnival Colors and Da Hoss victor Extravagant Kid will be vying in different stakes.
English Bee is part of a large 15 horse field in the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-old horses on turf at 1 1/16ths miles. The Graham Motion trainee won Virginia’s Derby August 31 by a head over Jais’s Solitude, who also is in this race seeking revenge. Since the Colonial triumph, English Bee captured the Parx Fall Derby by a neck October 8 and will be making his first start since. He is by English Channel out of Evil Kitten by Kitten’s Joy. In 2019 alone, he has four wins and earnings of $295,650.
Jais’s Solitude is a son of Afleet Alex and has bankrolled $98,991 this year. Since the Derby, he has finished sixth in the Bald Eagle Stakes at Laurel and eighth in the Qatar Twilight Derby (Gr. 2) at Santa Anita. The Tropical Park Derby is Race 9 on Gulfstream’s card and will go off at 4:00 PM.
Carnival Colors, with 2019 earnings of $119,059, will compete against sophomore fillies at the same 1 1/16ths miles distance on turf for a $75,000 purse. The Oaks is carded as Race 7 and will go to post at 3:00 PM.
Bred in Great Britain, the 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly will face a full field as she goes for her third win of the year. In her only start since the victory at New Kent, Carnival Colors was ninth in the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes. The Michael Stidham trainee is out of the Street Sense mare, Carnival Court.
Virginia owner and HBPA President David Ross’s classy Extravagant Kid will battle in the $100,000 Janus Stakes, a five furlong turf event. Carded as Race 4, it is scheduled for 1:30 PM.
The 6-year-old Kiss The Kid Florida-bred gelding is in the midst of his most successful racing campaign. He has a trio of wins and runner-up finishes in seven starts, good for $262,475 in earnings. Extravagant Kid has a career bankroll of $665,475 from 38 outings.
Since winning the Da Hoss, he took fifth in the Grade 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland and second in the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes November 23 at Woodbine. The Brendan Walsh trainee has finished first or second in eight of his last 9 starts. Extravagant Kid is out of the With Distinction mare, Pretty Extravagant.