07/18/2008 11:00PM

Ocean Colors out to do her dam proud


ELMONT, N.Y. - Ocean Colors will seek to become the first stakes winner out of the champion mare Winning Colors when the 2-year-old filly heads a field of 11 entered in Wednesday's Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes, the opening-day feature at Saratoga.

Winning Colors, the 1988 Kentucky Derby winner who was euthanized last February, had seven previous foals, but only one - Danzig Colors - has won more than one race. Ocean Colors, by Orientate, won her debut by 5 1/4 lengths on June 13 at Churchill Downs.

Under Shaun Bridgmohan, Ocean Colors broke like a rocket and ran an opening quarter in 22.59 seconds. She was confronted by race favorite Jehan at the quarter pole, but easily turned her aside and cruised to the easy victory. She ran the five furlongs in 57.08 seconds and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92, the highest in the Schuylerville field.

Ocean Colors, owned and bred by Gainesway Farm and trained by Steve Asmussen, will have to deal with the rail post position in the six-furlong race. Asmussen also entered Jardin, a debut winner at Churchill Downs on June 22. She drew post 11.

Collegiate, trained by Mark Hennig, and Boom Town Sally, trained by Kelly Breen, head the list of challengers to Ocean Colors. Collegiate won her debut at Belmont on June 19, and the filly she beat, Softly Spoken, came back to win a maiden special weight race at Belmont last week.

Boom Town Sally won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Delaware Park by seven lengths on May 3. She is a stablemate of Bold Union, who won the Astoria by 9 3/4 lengths here on June 29. Breen said he has four 2-year-old filly winners for the owners George and Lori Hall, thus giving him the luxury of spacing out his fillies' races.

"I think she has a lot of talent," Breen said of Boom Town Sally. "I worked her with Bold Union and they worked and head."

The opening day card also includes the $80,000 High Rock Spring Stakes for New York-breds at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Linda Rice entered the uncoupled trio of Mohegan Sky, Silver Timber, and Ahvee's Destiny.

Also entered on Wednesday's card is Spooky Mulder, the 10-year-old gelding who has won 33 of 81 career starts. He is entered in a $20,000 claiming race which goes as race 10.

Transformer fire at Belmont; grandstand closed

A transformer fire Saturday morning at Belmont Park forced New York Racing Association officials to close the track's grandstand for the final two cards of the meet. The fire also forced the temporary evacuation of NYRA employees for about an hour Saturday morning.

NYRA offered free clubhouse admission and free parking for both days. On Saturday, the temperature reached 92 degrees and most of the building was without air conditioning. Food service was limited throughout the plant and the fourth floor dining room was closed for both days.

Saturday's fire marked the second time in two weeks that a transformer blew at Belmont. Another transformer, also located in the basement, blew up on July Fourth.

Belmont is expected to be open on Wednesday for downstate fans who want to bet on Saratoga. Hal Handel, NYRA's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the plan was to have one of the transformers replaced on Monday.

"The plan at this point is to replace the one transformer on Monday, and what I've been told is we expect to have efficient power to operate as planned," Handel said.

* Jockey Javier Castellano was suspended seven days for careless riding during the seventh race at Belmont on Friday. Having appealed, a stay was granted.

* Castellano was the fourth jockey this week to receive days. Jeffrey Sanchez, Channing Hill, and Roan Vargas also received careless riding suspensions.