05/25/2005 11:00PM

Ebony Breeze can deliver


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ebony Breeze has finished in the money in 20 of 25 starts, a record that would seem to speak more to consistency than brilliance.

On occasion, however, such as in her last start, Ebony Breeze can really shine. As part of a May 5 allowance field that included Lady Tak, a multiple Grade 1 winner, Ebony Breeze demonstrated that she can be more than just steady - she also can stand out. Ebony Breeze won the race by 1 3/4 lengths.

"We were delighted to see our filly run as big as she did," said Kenny McCarthy, who oversees the Kentucky string for Bill Mott, trainer of Ebony Breeze. "That was the type of race we were looking for all spring long. She was maybe just a little slow to come to hand this spring, but I think finally that race proved to us that she's back and she's ready to go again."

Saturday, when the $100,000 Winning Colors is run for the second time, Ebony Breeze will have another opportunity to occupy the Churchill Downs spotlight. With Mike Smith assuming the mount from fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, Ebony Breeze figures as a solid choice in a field of six fillies and mares in the six-furlong Winning Colors.

A 5-year-old homebred mare owned by Kinsman Stable, Ebony Breeze has won eight times and earned $718,707. She had lost five straight races before scoring on May 5. In 3 of her last 9 starts, including her last one, Ebony Breeze has recorded triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, and anything close to that would seem sufficient to carry her to another victory Saturday.

If , a 5-year-old mare who won the Grade 3 Thoroughbred of America Stakes last fall at Keeneland. Molto Vita most recently was second behind My Trusty Cat in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the May 7 Kentucky Derby undercard. Rafael Bejarano has the mount for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Another mild upset possibility is , a winner in 5 of 9 starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

The rest of the Winning Colors field is Revolutionary Act, Fly Away Angel, and Born to Dance.

The Winning Colors is the ninth of 10 races on a program that also includes two allowances (races 4 and 8). First post is 1:15 p.m. Eastern.