NICK’S PICKS JUNE 15, CLN DAY 14

COLONIAL TURF CUP – Paddy O’Prado, third place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, leads off this decade’s first Turf Cup field with a field of seven scheduled for the starting gate at Colonial at 5:19 pm. Does the small field size exclude quality? No.

The inaugural running (2005) had six, including an emerging star named English Channel. This year’s Turf Cup includes two Kentucky Derby starters, Dean Kitten is the other. American Turf winner Doubles Partner and Arlington Classic winner Workin For Hops are also in the race.

The All Along features the first two finishers in last year’s Virginia Oaks -Blind Date and Shared Account-proving that an older race will return younger horses. In the next economic upturn, how about an initiative for an older turf race with a modest purse to try to lure Battle of Hastings back? Even Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra raced for $250,000 this weekend.

RACE 1
4 CALL ME FRANKIE – Secor parlays his weekend Da Hoss conquest into another win. 5 RAMBUNCTIOUS BOY, 2 SMOOTH GLITTER

RACE 2
6 ROBYNS ANTHEM – Don’t know if Maggie will take her but with the class drop and CNL record, I will. 2 JOYFUL ACRES, 4 YASINISI

RACE 3
3 VALENTINE AVENUE – This could be one of those cards for Ferris where he burns out the camera. 1 HOTS IN HOT, 2 TITANIUM MENACE

RACE 4
6 BARVARIAN – Both “Barvarian” and “Man” have won in their CNL 2010 debut. Take the better price. 1 MAN OF FAITH, 7 COURSE LITE

RACE 5
7 WILD CLEAN HUNTER -“Gold” won the meet opener but now sees classy “Marini” and performing “Hunter”. 4 CHOCOLATE MARINI, 1 GO FOR GOLD

RACE 6
8 GOLDEN SLAMMER -Claiming journeyman “Slammer” drops. Can Bagoga rally again like that? 5 BAGOGA, 4 MOUNT WEATHER

RACE 7
2 STORM ON THE RUN – 3 here broke maiden at CNL in last start including “Storm” at $45K. Miss Oil-good story. 5 TURN TIGER, 4 LITTLE ICE PATCH

RACE 8
1 IMPERIAL GIN – “Gin’s” key race was the 2nd one back at Atlantic City. 1st turf try for “Max” solid.5 RUN TO THE MAX, 2 GHOST STAG

RACE 9
7 GUSTAUF – Gustauf scratched out of another race to go here. Forget last start. 11 FESTIVO, 8 GONE CLUBBING