NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 28, CLN DAY 23

LOOKING FOR ONE MORE – Trainer Dale Romans was quoted after the Turf Cup that in regard to pedigree, Paddy O’Prado’s best days are in front of him. That may be more true if he wins the Virginia Derby. Other than English Channel, the Colonial Turf Cup has proven to be the highlight of its winner’s careers. Taking a look back Showing Up (’06), Summer Doldrums (’07), Sailor’s Cap (’08), largely mark the 1st leg of the Twin Turf as their career highlight. The jury may still be out on Battle of Hasting’s (’09), however he did go on to win the Virginia Derby.

The second half of the Twin Turf, the Virginia Derby has lauched the careers, in some cases long careers, of its winners. Recently, Go Between (’06) has a superb career on the synthetic, Red Giant (’07) went on to set a world record and Gio Ponti is still winning Grade Ones. Battle of Hastings, if not gathering wins, is gathering solid graded stake checks.

Packett quoted trainer Dale Romans saying that Paddy’s pedigree suggests he will only get better. He is certainly looking for one more win in Virginia.

RACE 1 – 7 JOIE DE VIE – A one-turn mile on the dirt? Where are the sulkies? “Joie” near the pace early. 5 CYNTHIA’S SECRET, 4 APROMISEBYTOMORROW

RACE 2 – 8 ARE WE CRUISIN’ – Monte’s gelding stretches out to a mile which appear to be more favorable. 7 CASTLE VICTORY, 2 UNION CHAPEL ROAD

RACE 3 – 3 BAGOGA – Geovanny has been knocking at the door with Gaudet’s gelding. Kicks it in today. 8 O’GULCH, 1 SEE ME RUN

RACE 4 – 3 AWESOME DREAM – This one is for Super Sheldon who is steaming about the English “non-goal”. 1 RISKY RED, 4 A FLEET SPIRIT

RACE 5 – 2 ROMAN RULER – Should any maiden be 1-2 in the Morning Line? Not in a ten-horse field w/ Special K. 9 POPEA, 8 QUITE SASSY

RACE 6 – 5 IRISH CHANNEL – I’m not sure on precise breeding here but English Channel was by Smart Strike. 1 BEAU’S TRIP, 4 ANOTHER SMOKIE

RACE 7 – 7 SWEETVIRGINIABREZE – Solid outings by Dowell’s filly this meet on both the turf and dirt. Busy finish here. 6 SECRET STYLE, 10 LADY IN ERMINE

RACE 8 – 5 LOST LETTERS – Fur Lined likely out. Two impressive winners in first starts may set up closer. 1 RED VICTORY, 3 WILL’S HILL

RACE 9 – 2 CORTEZ THE KILLER – The only thing that may catch up to Camacho in the stretch is Cortez’s own last race. 1 POLISH SHEDEVIL, 8 FIDELMA