Monthly Archives: June 2012

NICK’S PICKS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH

MIDTERM “OAT PAIL” AWARDS
After racing Friday night, we will be at the midpoint of Colonial’s 2012 thoroughbred campaign, one that has seen racing under the lights in relatively comfortable nights, field sizes that a little below Colonial’s high standard and a speed favoring Secretariat Turf Course-one that Todd Pletcher’s Turbo Compressor took full advantage in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup.  Midway up the meet’s backstretch, here are my Nick’s Picks “Oat Pail” midterm awards.
Jockey – Forest Boyce… Continue reading

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT AT CLN

OFF TO THE RACES WITH MARIO PINO

Jockey Mario Pino will be our guest on “Off to the Races” at Colonial Downs.  Pino won the riding title at Colonial Downs from 1999 to 2001, filling a void left behind by his predecessor Edgar Prado.  Then in 2002, when down by nearly double in total wins behind a newcomer nicknamed “Special K”, Pino won 7 races in one day at Colonial Downs, ironically on July 7th.  Next Sunday on July 8th, Pino returns to New… Continue reading

CLN SUITE CHANGE FOR VTA/VA HBPA

On Saturday, July 7, the VTA/VA HBPA hospitality suite at Colonial Downs will be suite #9 as opposed to #3. Please mark your calendars.  

NICK’S PICKS, COLONIAL DOWNS, THURSDAY JUNE 28TH

WINNER’S CIRCLE PHOTO TALES

After the “Victim’s of Nick’s Picks” suite Saturday night, I framed and hung the latest winner’s circle photo on my winner’s wall located in the hayloft office of the warmest room of my house.  Of the 14 that Jeff Coady has taken that made the wall, several stand out.  There’s one with my Board of Supervisors when I was working in Greene County.  To get 4/5th of the governing body in a conservative… Continue reading

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VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

Beacon Hall (c, 4yo), Yes It’s True – Pink Champagne by Awesome Again. B – Audley Farm.

Suffolk Downs, 6/19/2012, alwc, $11,400, 6 f, 1:12.78. ($20,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)
Complete Dyno (c, 4yo), Dynaformer – Complete Number by Polish Numbers. B – Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud LLC. Colonial Downs, 6/22/2012, mdn sp wgt, $16,675, 8 f, 1:41.23.
Diplomatic Lover (g, 6yo), Not For Love – Diplomatic Cover by Roberto. B – Iselin C. Oliver Mr. & Mrs. III. Penn… Continue reading

SENSIBLE LADY WINS BUCKLAND ON LADIES NIGHT

(Coady Photography)

(NEW KENT, VA—6/23/12) – Colonial Downs’ third annual Ladies Night promotion started out appropriately Saturday evening as female riders Forest Boyce, Sarah Rook and Elizabeth Heffner collected respective victories in each of the first three races.

Jockey Xavier Perez, who entered the weekend with only two wins this season, collected four in Saturday’s card. He ended the string of lady rider scores in the fourth with Prince Togiak and completed his four-bagger with a win atop Sensible Lady… Continue reading

PIMLICO TO HOST TOTALLY THOROUGHBRED HORSE SHOW JULY 14

The Maryland Jockey Club and Adena Springs will host the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show on the Pimlico Race Course infield on Saturday, July 14. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit three local Thoroughbred aftercare programs.
“It is the first-ever horse show that is Thoroughbreds only and the first at a race track,” said Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale. “The idea of having  this was to make people aware that Thoroughbreds can have other occupations… Continue reading

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Capital Plan and jockey Joel Rosario, right, win the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap Gr.3, Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Frankie Dettori riding Colour Vision win The Gold Cup during Ladies Day at Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 21, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)  

Dancing Solo, left, with Joe Bravo up, heads to the finish line to win the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth… Continue reading