HATS OFF TO HARPER – This morning I heard of the loss of Robert Harper on Monday, June 14th, a longtime employee of the Richmond OTB. Robert is survived by his wife, Nancy who worked with her husband in Richmond. Robert worked in Richmond when I was an assistant manager there in the late Nineties. I remember Robert for his “professionalism with a smile.” Although I haven’t seen him in several years, I am deeply saddened by his passing.

Don’t forget to tune in to “Sportsphone with Big Al”, Friday morning at 8:00 am as “the Hoss” broadcasts live from the Colonial Downs backstretch. “Sportsphone” airs on AM 950, WXGI in Richmond and is streamed on the Internet at Guests will be “Derby” Bill Watson and myself, Nick Hahn. Also be sure to visit for late week updates on Saturday’s big racing day including the Colonial Turf Cup.

RACE 1 – 5 MISS LUCY MAE – “Lucy Mae” making her 3rd start of the CNL meet. Can “Weekend” hold on today? 3 WEEKENDONTHEMOON, 2 DANIELE MA BELLE

RACE 2 – 4 THERE’S STILL TIME – Several glad that Glitterform isn’t here today. Shorter prices on top picks today. 5 KELLY THE GREAT, 6 FLY THE ATLANTIC

RACE 3 – 10 GOLD PAGEANTRY – OC cashed in with a nonwinner in a year in last. Now seeks a nonwinner of 2. 5 GLENWOOD ACE, 4 WESTMORELAND

RACE 4 – 7 DETROIT IRON -Vail starting to collect wins and get the mount on a 4 year old with back turf class. 10 STONESTREET STAR, 14 KINTLA’S FOLLY

RACE 5 – 3 fCICISBEO – Jonathan Joyce named on Negotiator-will he ride? Cicisbeo loves Colonial. 6 NEGOTIATOR, 4 CAPTAIN BRY

RACE 6 – 7 FESTIVO – Allen’s Festivo passed on a race to go here out of New York and on the drop. 1 LUCKY GARCIA, 9 ISLAND DREAMING

RACE 7 – 3 EMERALD BEACH – Don’t let the exchange rate fool you too much, but this is still a considerable drop. 7 BALTIMORE BELLE, 1 ANOTHER SMOKEY

RACE 8 – 8 BOUNDFORTHESHORE – Smith’s filly has been running well in upper company. OC’s filly has seconditis. 14 SHESOFFTHESCALE, 1 OVER SPICED

RACE 9 – 7 BOOGIEWOOGIEBABY, DIRT ALERT: Smit -a chance to deliver a winner for his brother, this time on the dirt. 3 INDIAN SKY, 1 DANCING4DIAMONDS