NICK’S PICKS – JUNE 7, CLN DAY 8

ANOTHER GRADE ONE – When Winchester survived the traffic laden dash of Gio Ponti inside the last furlong of the Manhattan, it gave Virginia breeders’ their 3rd Grade I win in a week. On Memorial Day, Quality Road captured the Met Mile and Victor’s Cry rallied to win the Shoemaker Mile. Could this week lead the “Renaissance” of Virginia breeding?

Donna Lockard delivered a bucket of cold sponges to Bopolene after capturing Saturday’s Oakley. As trainer and owner she gets to muck her mare’s stall and hold the trophy, perhaps in the same day.

On the flipside…By my count, Maggie Wolfendale solved 6 top winners on Saturday’s 11 race all turf card. Only 2 were favorites. Her pace scenarios were right on. As for Nick’s Picks on Saturday, the laughing horse strikes for the first time this year, with less than 3 winners-below par with only 2.

RACE 1
2 MESSALINA – DIRT ALERT: Traditionally where U start , where U finish. Messalina has 22s. 1 HOUR FOR SPEED, 7 LITTLE MAD DANCER

RACE 2
3 SOUTHERN CAVALIER – “Jazz” and “Cav” came out of the same CNL races. “Cav” can’t fall behind early. 2 JAZZIT, 7 IT S A G MAN

RACE 3
3 GREY GOOSE KID – Will somebody rate or will a front -end duel allow a closer? Rosemary rates. 5 HUMMING ALONG, 1 BALTIMORE RAVEN

RACE 4
4 FOREVER GLEAMING – After 2 strong seconds, in KY, “Forever” gets a rest & transition to the turf. 1 RUBIDIUM, 3 DANCE WITH ROSES

RACE 5
1 RENO – Solid outing by Reno last week. Tip your gate crew with there 2- year old colts. 5 ORAKPO, 3 D D’S BUDDY

RACE 6
5 SAFETY VALVE – Eric back aboard ambitious Safety Valve, a starter in last year’s Virginia Derby. 3 ANDY’S BLU BUCKEYE, 2 GOOD PROSPECTING

RACE 7
2 CANDY JACK – Can Jack, again inside gate run well late without being wide? “Jake” not here today. 4 BAREFOOT BABE, 8 PURE FANTASY

RACE 8
3 MYMISSJULIAC — Pino & Lake have been trying to put “Juliac” on the turf. Saw “High” in May on the dirt. 2 HIGH HILL, 5 MISS FLEETFOOT

RACE 9
8 TRUE TO TRADITION – Lake’s 8-year old “True” makes his 1st ’10 start, once a BC Turf contender. 5 MOJITO MAN, 7 COOPER COUNTY

RACE 10
4 ANN – DIRT ALERT: Look for duel among bug riders with Ann a little better. 1 SISTER BERTA, 3 ALLEGHENY MOON