NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 23, CLN DAY 20

SADDLE ON THE LAWN – These kind of ideas are difficult to implement once the daily and weekly routines are in place after the start of a meet but here’s an idea for the 2011 Virginia Derby, if not this year.

Why not prepare the little-used front lawn, the area outside the four column main entrance at Colonial Downs to saddle the field for the Virginia Derby and perhaps also the Colonial Turf Cup? There would be no complaints here to have the fountains removed to begin this tradition. (What’s so Colonial about fountains anyway?)

There would have to be some capital modifications made for access, safety (horse and fan alike), crowd control, even television camera and several other items that I’m likely not thinking about.

When Colonial Downs was built in 1996 for the 1997 season, racing was scheduled for the fall and the concept of a Virginia Derby was still two years away. I think would add to the aura of Colonial’s “Twin Turf”. Any thoughts?

RACE 1 – 2 PAY YOUR WAY – Big drop for Karamanos mount. Take the weight for the more mature filly. 1 KINDA KATTY, 3 CRUISIN’ BROKE

RACE 2 – 3 JOYFUL ACRES – Hopefully “Joyful” didn’t leave too much on the track in last outing last Tuesday. 4 KENAHARRA, 2 JUDITHS VOW

RACE 3 – 5 BULLSEYE BOY – Bullseye drops back to $5000 to avoid trouble line as in last time out. Rosemary aboard. 4 SMOOTH GLITTER, 7 GUSTAUF

RACE 4 – 5 ARCH THIRTEEN – Shopping for price with two impressive winners on the meet despite jockey switch.2 PONZI, 1 GIANT MOVE

RACE 5 – 5 HOMEFIRE -Allen & “Special K” team up on another ML choice. A clear shot to the wire today? 8 NOT SO HOLY, 2 DEADLINE TIME

RACE 6 – 6 GOLD FOREST – All three top choices won in there last start here at CNL. All trainers have solid win %. 5 RASPBERRY ROSE, 4 RIGHT TO WORK

RACE 7 – 6 VALID VELVET – 1st chance this meet to bet a Gary Williams entry. First timer will deliver a price. 7 FREX, 5 GOLDEN DYNASTY

RACE 8 – 9 QUECHEE – Quechee? Gezuntheit. But this Motion gelding’s 1st outing nothing to sneeze at. 6 WANTAN, 3 T BONE PICKENS

RACE 9 – 8 SWELL PARTY – Going 1 & 1/2 here reunites Durer and “Party” who watch each other up backstretch. 3 DURER, 6 IRISH BLARNEY