05/22/2003 11:00PM

Colorful Tour tries to rebound


ALTOONA, Iowa - Multiple stakes winner Colorful Tour and reformed claimer Patton's Victory head a field of six in Sunday's $50,000 Precisionist at Prairie Meadows.

Colorful Tour is looking to rebound from a seventh-place finish at odds of 5-2 in the National Jockey Club Handicap at Hawthorne April 19. A 4-year-old son of Tour d'Or, Colorful Tour had a five-race winning streak snapped in his prior start when he finished second, beaten a length by Patton's Victory, in the Grade 3 Fifth Season at Oaklawn Park.

Two of Colorful Tour's victories during the streak came in Grade 3 races at Oaklawn Park, the Essex and the Razorback. Both were run at Sunday's 1 1/16-mile distance.

Colorful Tour sports a record of 10-3-1 from 18 starts and has earned $472,444, tops in the Precisionist lineup.

Noel Hickey, who is stabled at Prairie Meadows for the first time this year, trains Colorful Tour. Hickey also owns and bred the colt under the moniker Irish Acres Farm. Luis Quinonez, who has ridden Colorful Tour in all three of his 2003 wins, will be reunited with the colt Sunday after a one race absence. Under the allowance conditions of the race, Colorful Tour will carry 122 pounds.

Patton's Victory had a five-race win streak of his own snapped last out when he faded to third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths in the Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap at Fonner Park April 26.

Patton's Victory, a 5-year-old gelded son of Patton, started his winning streak in a $7,500 claiming race at Hoosier Park Oct. 4 of last year. He then reeled off four more wins in a row at Oaklawn, culminating with the Grade 3 Fifth Season. He led throughout in that race to score by one length. Trainer Stanley Roberts has given Alex Birzer a return call in the Precisionist at 122 pounds.

McMahon was a two-length winner of the Precisionist last year when the race carried a $100,000 purse and was run as a handicap. He had won only one of six starts following that race before getting back on track by scoring an easy 7 1/2-length victory on the turf at Saturday's distance in the Overage Stakes at Hawthorne last out.

Ken Shino who rode McMahon to victory in last year's Precisionist, has the call Sunday at 119 pounds. McMahon is trained by Michele Boyce.