NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 25TH AT COLONIAL DOWNS

BUCKLAND STAKES
Today’s feature race is the very competitive $50,000 Buckland Stakes that includes the top two finishers of The Very One Stakes run on Preakness Day at Pimlico and the Fort Monmouth Stakes run earlier this month at Monmouth Park.   The 10-horse field will go five and a half furlongs on the turf in the race named after  breeding farm owned by Thomas Mellon Evans who bred and stood 1981 Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony.  ARCA Amateur Female Riders take the mounts in today’s 3rd race.
Looking at the rider and trainer standings, Sheldon Russell sits atop the standings with 13 scores having his picture taken five more times then apprentice Sarah Rook in second.  Thanks to his four win Wednesday, Ferris Allen is now tied with Michael Pino with 8 total wins in the trainer tally.  Cryin’ Ryan and Schleprock are the only repeat winners in Colonial’s meet so far.
As for today “Miss TRF” pagent, my vote goes to “Patti” who was one of the three finalists along with Twitchy and Roman in the contest run for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River.  I have put in several weeks worth of volunteer hours at their sister facility in Orange County at James Madison’s Montpelier and can attest that this is a rewarding program to take part. 
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Win hands down” or “Hands down the best” – Refers to the position of a jockey hands while holding the reigns when he/she feels like he no longer needs to urge a horse when ahead by a comfortable margin.

RACING OF YORE VIRGINIA
As a 13-1 longshot, Julie Krone delivered Virginia-bred Colonial Affair across in the wire in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, becoming the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race.  Colonial Affair was foaled in Middleburg, VA  by the Mr. & Mrs. Herman Greenberg at their Rutledge Farm.   Herman Greenberg, who passed in 2010, also owned bargin performer Researcher and steeplechase star Sur La Tete.  The son of another Virginia-bred Pleasant Colony , Colonial Affair ran some 6 lengths off the lead up the backstretch in the Belmont Stakes.  Krone passed five foes turning for home including another VA-bred, Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, to win by two.  Krone remains the only female to win a Triple Crown race.  Colonial Affair would also win the Whitney at Saratoga and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont as a four-year old.  He would be retired later that fall due to a leg injury. 
 MAKING RACING HAPPEN…
…is Larry Foutenot, an outrider on the racetrack.  The Louisiana native gathers loose horses on the racetracks, helps the riders with their mounts and acts like “police on the racetrack.” Larry like to fish when he’s in Louisiana and is searching for fishing holes in Virginia that don’t have waterskiers and innertubers on them.  When not eating fish, he likes the Aberdeen House in Williamsburg for their prime rib.  He is one of three outriders alongside Tim Mayo and Rod Buchacevich.

KNICKERING NICK’S
EXOTIC PLAY OF THE DAY
RACE 6
$1 PIC 3
3,5,9 with 1,5,11 with 7,8,9
Cost $27