NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 29, CLN DAY 24

WORLD CUP OF JOCKEYS – If you are looking for some international flair perhaps there is no better place to look for it than in the jockey’s room at Colonial. Among riders hanging their tack are Puerto Rican brothers Luis and Geovanny Garcia, Serbian Stevica Djuric, Argentinian Horatio Karamanos, Englishmen Sheldon Russell, Columbian Julien Pimnetal, Jamaican Tadious Simpson. Josean Ramirez is also Puerto Rican. I’m obviously leaving several others out.

As for their interest in the World Cup, perhaps there is no bigger fan than Sheldon Russell. Despite the playing their best match of the World Cup, England suffered a 4-1 loss to Germany on Sunday morning. The agony of defeat was heighted by an obvious game tying goal by England not recognized by game officials. If only soccer had as much replay as horse racing.

RACE 1 – 3 TOTOLOCHEE – “Toot” just an edge up on Moon here with 2 good turf outings &coming out of MSW. 1 MOON CITY, 2 I AIN’T LYIN’


RACE 2 – 6 PURE FANTASY – I think “Pure” & “Daniele” came out of a solid race and “Lucy Mae” isn’t here today. 4 DANIELE MA BELLE, 3 FIRST COLONY

RACE 3 – 2 GOLDEN ACCOUNT – Don’t see much difference among the picks of this talented trio so find price. 3 PORONUI, 4 LIVE THE DASH

RACE 4 – 4 MINT SLEWLEP – Once a Colonial Turf Cup starter and pacesetter, the “Slewlep” drops a little more. 9 KID CAROUSEL, 3 CHESTERMITE

RACE 5 – 1 FOREVER GLEAMING – A leading owner/trainer duo comes back with a Cape Canaveral colt. Deep field. 10 HEY JOHNNY JOHNNY, 7 FINGER TAPPING

RACE 6 – 8 TRAVISION – Liked the 1st start of Dennehy-Godsey’s colt at $45k. A” Flying Garcia” exacta? 5 NAVY BRASS, 6 MISTER DISH

RACE 7 – 9 WARACHA – Jazz’s “Not for Love” impressed here in 1st outing off the jumps. 5 HIT ANOTHER GEAR, 6 DIAMOND DAVID

RACE 8 – 9 ACTION ANDY – Secor is winning with about a third of his starters. Returns a well tuned gelding here. 7 CONCEIT, 3 HOT ESCAPADE

RACE 9 – 6 GRAND LEE – A bit of a troubled trip for Allen’s filly in last start and still had the lead late. 4 TO THE MAT, 2 MEG OF MY HEART