NICK’S PICKS, JUNE 9 CLN DAY 10

FULL DA HOSS CARD – The last two races on the upcoming 11 race card on Saturday have 14 horse fields, perhaps an indicator that Colonial’s brain surgery handicapping could be on the way back. Six fields have 10 or more scheduled starters. The larger fields will give you better payouts. After delivering several tip sheets with 4+ top winners yet failing to get net positive on the returns, this handicapper welcomes the payouts.

Saturday’s feature, the $50,000 Da Hoss features several former stakes horses at Colonial Downs such as Baltimore Bob, Frisky Thunder and Rockabye Bay.

RACE 1
4 QUEEN OF THE TURF – Despite not seeking the turf for a year, as an older mare “Queen” handles the layoff. 8 NENA BELLA, 1 DEPENDS ON ANNIE

RACE 2
5 ROYAL RASCAL – “West” & “David’s” rematch from opening day. Rose’s Rascal won here in ’09. 1 WESTMORELAND, 8 DIAMOND DAVID

RACE 3
6 LITTLEBROTHER ALEX – Looks like Rerez rides down from C’town just for this mount. Any changes? 5 DISGUISE, 2 CROSSROAD’s GOLD

RACE 4
8 MONAVISTA – Could “Mona” or “Breeze” become the meet’s 1st repeat winners? 13 SECRET STYLE, 1 SWEETVIRGINIABREZE

RACE 5
6 STAGED AFFAIR – Look for “Dixie” to improve 2nd time off the layoff but I love Not For Loves at CNL. 4 DIXIE DUMPLING, 3 UNDISPUTED LEGEND

RACE 6
2 DANCING TIN MAN – Big obvious drop for Pino’s “Tin Man”. “Party Girl” better in 2nd start back. 5 SUMMER PARTY GIRL, 3 ONTHEDOTTEDLINE

RACE 7
2 RIGHT OF WAY – Tough to go against Allen & “Special K” tandem here. “Watch”-1st turf try. 5 CASANOVA JACK, 4 WATCH TOWER

RACE 8
2m ROAR OF THE SURGE – “Suspendors Butch” drops “Roar” out of MSW at Tampa & doesn’t let “Buster” steal. 9 BUSTER DOUGLAS, 5 BETTY’S JOHN DE

RACE 9
6 PROSECCA – DIRT ALERT: Hobson’s Prosecca gets the speed & class checkmarks. 3 SHEZA WONDER, 4 POLISH DANCE