by Nick Hahn
And on Sunday, June 16 — Fathers’ Day — the Colonial Downs winners will be…
|6||ELTISH CHARMER||Fogelsonger, now retired won at CNL in “Mint’s” last start. “Eltish’s” win a bit more recent|
|7||GAS TANK||C’Ville’s PTK Gas Tank was 4th in ’12 Laurel Futurity, won recently. Boucher’s “Cap” won at CNL twice.|
|4||RELENTLESS MOVE||Look for a big blitz in the middle of the starting gate by turf sprinters proven on the turf, even here at CNL.|
|6||R. BEE ESS|
|6||WINGED HERO||First start on the turf for this 7-year old with 30 outings. “Ryan” returns from soft turf scratch on opening night.|
|2||SHOW US RYAN|
|1A||FRAT MAN||Already three starts for 2-year old Frat Man, in from Churchill Downs. Russell on “Quiet” makes some noise.|
|5||RUN REAL QUIET|
|6||KODY WITH A K|
|5||GOTTALOVETHEDRAKE||Boyce, a hot rider at CNL, aboard a Not for Love just missing in higher company. Bulaga should relish turf.|
|8||MOSAICIST||Ross filly in undefeated at CNL but finds Toner’s mare looking to improve off of stakes start.|
|2||NOPRICE PRINCESS||Albert sends a first timer out versus several here that had multiple chances to find a win.|
Nominations are in for the Colonial Turf Cup card next Saturday at Colonial Downs. Air Support, 2011 Virginia Derby winner is still charted to return as a five-year old to avenge his near-miss in last year’s edition won by Turbo Compressor. Kentucky Derby winning trainer (Orb) Shug McGaughey trains Air Support for Stuart Janney. In his last race over Derby weekend, Air Support ran 4th in an optional claiming allowance with Joel Rosario aboard.
If you have a chance, check out the stretch run of the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs last night as part of Downs After Dark. Uncaptured and Virginia-bred Code West sired by Lemon Drop Kid threw down in the stretch in one of the best battles of the year. Rosie Napravnik prevailed with Code West for Bob Baffert, bred by Edward P. Evans, who is still making an impact among Virginia breeders.
After collecting a training double last Sunday, trainer Karen Dennehy Godsey observed the landmark event with some kind of head-butting accident with an equine on Wednesday at her family’s Eagle Point Farm. She was checked out and received a few staples in her head as a result but is doing well. Next time, the “Great Godsey” feels the urge to celebrate we prefer she sticks to Gatorade cooler baths.