NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 27, CLN DAY 22

A PLETCHER FULL – While Fruit Loops is being recalled around the country, we received a healthy portion of “Special K” yesterday at Colonial Downs when Horatio Karamanos delivered three wins on the card including a stroll in the $50,000 Brookmeade Stakes aboard Giant Mover. Giant Mover is owned by Virginia breeder Edward P. Evans. Making his first start below the Mason-Dixon line, Giant Mover was never challenged in his 7+ length win going a mile. If so, he may have set the track record.

For trainer Todd Pletcher, yesterday’s Brookemeade was one of a trifecta of stakes winners he won on Saturday afternoon. Evans and Pletcher teamed up again with Malibu Prayer in the Lighthouse Stakes at Monmonth Park. Kentucky Derby starter Devil May Care won Belmont Park’s Mother Goose for Pletcher.

Virginia horsewomen represented well at Colonial’s Ladies’ Day event on Saturday. Owners/breeders Peggy Augustus and Robin Richards both had winners on yesterday’s card.

RACE 1 – STEEPLECHASE – 5 MANASSA MAULER – Voss’ experience and expertise a plus in a field of maiden jumpers. 8 HOUGHTON REGRETS, 2 COUPE DE VILLE.

RACE 2 – 1 CAPTAIN BRY -Chenery winner hasn’t lived up to expectations but worth a another shot with Camacho. 3CICISBEO, 4 GOLDEN DOVE

RACE 3 – STEEPLECHASE -3 FOGCUTTER – Foes here know each other well, either out of Riddle’s CNL race or Fair Hill. 4 INDY RUN, 7 EAMONN

RACE 4 – 4 STAGED AFFAIR – Cobbley’s takes this spot over yesterday’s Brookmeade & Giant Mover–smart. 3 ABSARAKA, 1 COBBLEY’S BREEZE

RACE 5 – 1 QUEEN OF THE TURF – Three returning CNL winners at the same distance. Karamanos a hot rider. 6 SKY CUP, 3 YIELD TO NO ONE

RACE 6 – 7 FASTBACK – OC’s colt went wide and fast at a mile. Might finish at 5&1/2 furlongs. 1 IM GOOD AT THAT, 6 SILURO

RACE 7– 1 WATERFORD BAY – Pino back for more after a Eric’s maiden breaking score. Again the favorite. 6 ROYAL RICHES, 4 COPPER FLASHING

RACE 8 -5 MOJITO MAN -After a solid campaign in the midwest last fall, the Man rises in his 2nd CNL trip. 2 HESA BIG STAR, 6 HOLD ON SMOKEY

RACE 9– 10 SNOW SPRITE – Courtemanche perhaps too aggressive with last out after a win. Adds to win% here. 5 LADY MUDBUG, 4 RAINYDAYBELLS