NICK’S PICKS THREE YEAR OLD TURF TEN

In Saturday’s Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park, Colonial Turf Cup 1-2 finishers Paddy O’Prado and Workin’ For Hops are reunited. Also at Arlington Park on Saturday, 2008 Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti looks to repeat in the Arlington Million. (Photo – Nick Hahn)

#1 – PADDY O’PRADO – Colonial Twin Turf Champ puts his title on the line in Arlington’s Secretariat Stakes. Can he win big races outside of Colonial?

#2 – WORKIN’ FOR HOPS – Get a “home game” at Arlington with Paddy being pulled off the Bermuda turf. If not for Workin’ For Hops, Paddy’s Turf Cup would have been a runaway.

#3 – INTERACTIF – Dismissed a lot of doubters in the Hall of Fame at Saratoga and ran evenly in the Virginia Derby stretch with Paddy.

#4 – TWIRLING CANDY – Not only is he being nominated to the Del Mar Derby, he’s being considered for the Pacific Classic.

#5 – SIDNEY’S CANDY – The Santa Anita Derby winner wins the La Jolla, and enters the turf discussion but not the Del Mar Derby field.

#6 – KRYPTON – Proved that he can compete in hardy stretch runs with Interactif and Paddy, but now really needs a win.  Krypton shown here walking the shedrow at Colonial Downs.

#7 – GRAND RAPPORT – Allowance turf winner was in the scrum with Interactif and Krypton in the Hall of Fame.

#8 – MISTER MARDI GRAS – Also gets a rematch with Workin’ For Hops after winning Indiana’s Oliver.

#9 – KID EDWARD – Closed 8 lengths on Sidney’s Candy in the LaJolla finishing second to get a shot at the big time in the Del Mar Derby.

#10 – HUDSON STEELE – Pletcher’s colt could be on the rise after capturing the Jersey Derby by two lengths.