NICK’S PICKS – TUESDAY, JUNE 1

“THE SIMPSONS” – Through Sunday, there is a four way tie in the jockey standings . With three wins each are the familiar names of Luis Garcia, Horatio Karamanos, Eric Camacho and…and…apprentice rider Tadious Simpson. Did I slip that by you?

On opening day I wrote that there seems to be a little known jockey that makes Colonial Downs their breakout meet. The early returns suggest that this year’s candidate is Simpson. Simpson is the son of Trevor Simpson a former champion rider in Jamaica. With little success in his first races in America at Finger Lakes and Aqueduct, Simpson moved his tack to Maryland and started to deliver a few winners this spring.

Also through Sunday, Nick’s Picks has delivered 9 top winners in 20 races. That could be considered brilliant, only if I had Simpson’s winning longshot mounts in some of those picks.

RACE 1
5 ARCH THIRTEEN – Potential duel among Florida breds. Big drop for O’Connell’s colt. 3 KINTIA’S FOLLY, 6 AFFIRMED ON APPEAL

RACE 2
2 FEISTY BROAD – Only a 6-horse field but a competitive one with many familiar trainers. 4 DOWN YONDER, 6 LEROY’S SPIRIT

RACE 3
7 WAX ON WAX OFF – Smith is waxing poetic with a 3-year old that made the Pimlico board last time out. 3 MY DAD’S LAD, 2 ART OF ATTACK

RACE 4
4 LONESOME NUN – Boucher’s mare broke her maiden here last year, now comes off the jumps. 6 BOOGIEWOOGIEBABY, 2 MS DREWCILLA

RACE 5
1A JOYFUL ACRES – Both sides of Allen’s entry here run well at Colonial, a tough tandem to beat. 9 SHEZA WONDER, 10 STORMIN RACHAEL

RACE 6
2 COPAY – Maybe a shot for Djuric on a NY-bred dropping out of state restricted racing. 1 TAKE IT ON HOME, 5 SMILIN AND DANCIN

RACE 7
4 MAKE THEM BREAK – A “Sunday” won on Sunday-looks for another win after being pulled off turf in last. 3 LOUANN’S BOOT, 1 MINT SLEWLEP

RACE 8
5 ACTION ANDY – A near missed for “Andy” switch in the Pim turf in April. Might breakthru here. 6 IMPASSIONED, 2 JAC ROXS

RACE 9
2 HAWAIIAN HULA – DIRT ALERT: Hula could wrap up a big day for Allen on the front end. 6 PIPER SONG. 8 CUT IT UP

RACE 10
4 GROOVIN POINT – Can’t go through the card without one Tadious selection. Right? 2 DYNABOX, 5 DISCO WONDER