by Nick Hahn
And on Thursday, June 13, the Colonial winners will be…
|6||LADY OLIVIA||Graduation for 4-year old “Lady” off the layoff. She’s been great in the Virginia mornings.|
|8||SAID IN SILENCE|
|2||CALL ME FRANKIE||Proven CNL turf veteran off the layoff vs. hot Tampa t-bred trying the turf for the first time.|
|1||FIVE STAR PRINCE|
|9||CURLY SUE||“Curly” was pulled off the turf in last start-shortens in return to the grass. Can’t sleep on Bailes’ interests.|
|8||FLEUR DE LEAP|
|4||COUSIN BRUCY||Ham may have his 3-year old back in form to his debut trip. Hard working “Hannibal” tries the turf.|
|6||HE’S IN THE BAG|
|5||BOATYARD||Only “Quake” is tough enough to duel Boatyard on the lead setting up a great duel. Does “Street” benefit?|
|3||CALVARY RAID||A Kitten’s Joy enters Lilith Boucher’s stable but finds Jazz’s “Page” & Bailes’ “Raid” in 2nd turf outings.|
|3||TOO CLEVER BY HALF||Several CNL veterans here. “Clever” a bit ambitious in last start. The 11th CNL start for “Cobbley’s”.|
|7||MISTY IN MALIBU|
|6||ASIAN INVASION||Second attempts on the turf appears to be a solid angle early in the meet. Eubanks and Nagle figure here.|
Thanks to Lothian Rose and a noble ride by Geovanny Garcia in the opener that paid in the double figures, folded in with steady winners on the remainder of Colonial’s card, Nick’s Picks is up over the first three days of racing. The favorites did show up a bit on Wednesday night in three of the eight races (I didn’t have any of those) but at least for the moment, stay out on a limb and get rewarded. Colonial is a good track to pick confidently, however misguided.
The wooded arena has been a great venue for Forest Boyce, who captured two more races on Wednesday night and has delivered on half of her eight mounts so far this meet to the winners circle. Sheldon Russell, Horacio Karamanos and Richard Monterrey are starting to knock down their regular portion of Colonial winners.
Then there are Kristina McManigall and Chelsey Keiser, relative newcomers to Colonial Downs with a pair of wins early in the meet. Keiser, from Ohio, got her first career win this March at Laurel Park about appropriately named Smileforthecamera. McManigall now 24 got her first win at Tampa Bay Downs in 2010. She is an Illinois native and attended Chris McCarron’s riding school. McCarron wasn’t the only high profile racing personality to aid in the development of McManigall. She worked and interned for trainer Todd Pletcher at Saratoga.