Nick’s Picks: Colonial Downs picks September 6, 2023

Nick’s Picks is back with Colonial Downs picks and analysis during the 2022 live meeting.

As he has done every year since Colonial Downs opened — all the way back in 1997 — Nick Hahn will share his picks and analysis, plus news and notes and opinions on the Colonial meet. There is no better guide to racing in New Kent than Nick Hahn!

This year’s Colonial Downs meet will feature some things that are new and some that are familiar. Familiar trainer faces include Colonial regulars Graham Motion, Karen Godsey, Kelsey Danner, Mike Tomlinson and Mike Trombetta, along with multiple leading trainer Michael Stidham.

Nick’s Picks Play of the Day

Just like Arlington Million day, the narrow Pick 3 was alive until the last leg on Commonwealth Champions Day.  Back to the doubles.   CALL IT— RACE 4, $2 Double, 5,9 with 9,10 (Costs $8).

On the jockey side, look for defending champion Jevian Toledo, who is looking forward to a busy summer in New Kent; Colonial’s all-time leading jockey Horacio Karamanos; Antonio Gallardo, a perennial top rider at Tampa Bay Downs in the winter months; Adam Beschizza; and Joe Rocco, Jr.



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  • Pick 5: $12,055
  • Pick 6: $3,351

CAMPTOWN CHAMBEAU — The remarkable run of Chambeau continued last Saturday in the Camptown Stakes, with Horacio Karamanos delivering a win for owner Sam English and trainer Anthony Aguirre (upcoming guest on the September 9 edition of “Off to the Races”).

The six-year-old mare started her racing career winning last year’s Tyson Gilpin Stakes at Colonial as a five-year-old. Chambeau, who again won the Gilpin/Petty Stakes to kick off the meet, has three wins in four starts during the Colonial meet, as well as a second place

REMINDER:  First post on Thursday will be 1:25, rather than the normal 1:30.

BAND OR BRED? Is it the name of a horse? Or the name of a band?

Today it’s… Jungle Fighter: Band or bred?

Last out: T.J’s Posse won the first running of the Jamestown Stakes with Jockey Dane Kosbiske aboard.

LISTEN UP! Off to the Races Radio is on every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.! You can find it:

  • On ESPN Richmond (106.1 FM) for a two-hour program each Saturday during the Colonial meet and one hour thereafter straight through Breeders’ Cup!
  • On ESPN Harrisonburg (106.9 FM and 1360 AM) for one hour each Saturday covering the Colonial Downs Thoroughbred meet and the Shenandoah Downs harness meet!
  • On Baltimore Positive (1570 AM) every Saturday morning straight through Breeders’ Cup!

YOUNG FOGIE: Former Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger joins Off to the Races-Virginia at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday! He was the 2002 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice rider.


HORSE OF THE MEET? – Racegoers watch perhaps the leading candidate in the clubhouse for Horse of the Meet, Chambeau, here winning the Camptown Stakes last Saturday for his third win, second in stakes company, of the meet. Photo by Nick Hahn.