NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 30, DAY 25

LATE SATURDAY EVENING POST – If you show up at Colonial Downs at Noon on Saturday, chances are you may be a little lonely. Remember that post time for the first race is 5:00 PM.

Saturday’s feature is the $50,000 Daniel Van Clief Stakes for Virginia-bred/sired three-year olds and up going a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf. The Van Clief owned and operated Nydrie Stud in Albemarle County. Daniel Van Clief , a member of the House of Delegates, drafted the resolution to create the racing commission and worked on the bill that created pari-mutuel racing.

Looking for yet another stakes win, the trio of owner Edward P. Evans, trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Horatio Karamanos have another morning line favorite in Storm Play (9-5). An Albemarle County interest Frisky Thunder (5-2), the 2008 Van Clief winner and last year’s runner up is also back for Crozet’s Braeburn Farm. Post time for the feature is set for 8:16 PM.

RACE 1 – 6 HE’S A WONDER – Motion’s Maria’s Mon, solid in 1st start, might benefit from speed duel. 4 ARE WE CRUISIN’, 2 BILLY MY BOY

RACE 2 – 6 – SHESOFTHESCALE – Public may once again make OC’s “Clare” the choice. I like OC’s other. 2 ADA CLARE, 1 POPULAR ACT

RACE 3 – 4 BUREAUCAT – Bureaucrat has closed in recent turf starts. “Time” stretches out. 5 DEADLINE TIME, 1 WELL LA DEE DAH

RACE 4 – 6 HIT ANOTHER GEAR – “Valentine” leads early but will have difficulty when Homeister Hits Another Gear. 3 VALENTINE AVENUE, 1 GENO MADERO

RACE 5– 5 OUR DUET – Class bisects this field. Danielle on a rare favorite shipping from Delaware. 6 FREX, 1 FIREFIGHTER

RACE 6 – 6 BOUNDFORTHESHORE – Smith’s filly by Lite the Fuse drops and shortens. Can “Mudbug” repeat a big effort? 7 LADY MUDBUG, 1A PAGEN STAR

RACE 7 – 7 PINK PALLET – Two-year old “Pink” moves to the turf and is a race up on the 2 choices ahead of her. 2 AGEWOOD, 6 CARIBEAN LADY

RACE 8 – 10 KENNESSEY – Kingsley risks high win % to moving Royale from claiming ranks. Kennessey drops. 11 ROYALE, 8 EARLY STAR

RACE 9 – 1 JAZZIT – DIRT ALERT: Coupled duo may thrive on speedy dirt, especially shortening Jazzit. 4 LOPSTER, 6 GRINNIN N WYNNIN