NICK’S PICK’S – JUNE 2, DAY 5

By Nick Hahn

WEEK 1 IN THE BOOKS – As we conclude the final day of the first week of racing, Horatio Karamanos is a win better than three jockeys in the rider standings. “Special K” with six wins has a one win lead over Rosemary Homeister, Jr., Luis Garcia and Eric Camacho.

Homeister broke out of an early meet slump with a riding triple yesterday. In case you were wondering about the reference to “Jr.” in her nomiker, it’s not because she’s a fan of Reds or Mariners baseball (that we know of). She shares the same name as her mother, a noted horsewoman in Florida who trains thoroughbreds. You have to admit, it could become confusing in the program.

Ham Smith’s sweep of the daily double yesterday helped him draw even with Kathleen O’Connell in the trainer standings. Earlier in the week, O’Connell startered entry # 10,000 under her name.

RACE 1
4 FIDELMA – Fidelma tired at 1&1/8 versus tough foes last time but 2nd race back looks fine. 5 HEY FEATHERS, 3 IVORGOT TO DISCO

RACE 2
5 SUPER NEKIA – Look for Nekia to capitalize on dueling foes on the front end in his 1st turf try. 3 SNOW ON TEXAS, 4 THAT WORKS FOR ME

RACE 3
3 RADIANT RIVER – Tadious finally gets a favorite, but like Pino’s project with “Special K.” 8 CARLET, 5 POPEA

RACE 4
1 SUBTLE STRIKE – “Subtle” scratched out of a weekend race to run here yet “Fear” Ferris’ filly. 6 FEARLESS BAY, 3 OCALA BUI BUI

RACE 5
9 SUPREME MISS – One of the better races here. Love the breeding of Allen’s three year old filly. 6 RASBERRY ROSE, 4 GOLDEN DOVE

RACE 6
4 SHANTA – Motion’s “Legacy”, a 1st timer with big credentials but Shanta may hold on this time. 2 LIVE OAKS LEGACY, 5 I’M UNFORGETTABLE

RACE 7
6 TRIPPED – Smith & Rosemary reunite on this CNL acer from last year. Tough to pick against. 4 SURF BABE, 2 STYLISH AFFAIR

RACE 8
9 CUT FOR LUCK – Sentiments go with Toccoa whose last 10 starts (maybe more) are here at CNL. 5 WEEKENDONTHEMOON, 2 TOCCOA

RACE 9
6 PRINCE NOIR – Can Sheldon and Sandoval take advantage of the speedy foes here? 2 – RONNIES FOOTNOTES, 7 MACHO PRINCE

RACE 10

5 VICTORY BOUND – DIRT ALERT: Victory Gallop won here before the turf course was even built. 6 SLIDE UNDERCOVER, 4 LOOK TO THE EAST