New System announced to determine future Derby fields; Colonial Downs Selections for Thursday Night June 14th

June 14, 2012 | Gary Quill

The Road to the Kentucky Derby just received some needed maintenance. In an article in Thurday’s USAToday, Churchill Downs has adopted a new point system to determine the pecking order for the field of 20 for future Run For The Roses.

Under the new system, the Churchill staff selects which races count toward points. The plan calls for 36 races, as opposed to about 185 races worldwide that counted toward Derby selection under the previous arrangement.. For the full story, click here.

Recapping selections from Sunday, June 10th had 6 winners (4 Top Selections) with $2 WIN pay-offs being $3.60 (1st race), $6.60 (2nd ), $2.80 (3rd), $7.40 (4th), $3.60 (6th) and $3.60 (8th). Both the BEST BET of the Day (4 3-0-0) got bet as if he were Secretariat, down from 8-5 M/L to 2-5 and won easily as well paying a paltry $2.80 2.10 2.10 while the LONGSHOT PICK (4 0-0-2) was in contention throughout the race, had no excuses and was only good enough for 3rd @ 11-1, while just ¾ length behind the winner and returned $6.20 to SHOW.

Selections for Thursday night, June 14th at Colonial Downs are below. Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg. 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

Highlight/Lowlight Race of the Night: 3rd race is restricted to VA bred maidens. There are only six entered. They are a combined 0 for 29 but more amazing only one of them (#2 – Snowbuster) has ever hit the board (3rd by 13¾ lengths in his most recent start) in their career. This must be the reason this 7 year old is 6-5 M/L favorite?! Imagine just how bad the others are. One thing I feel pretty strongly about,, is it will take the winner more than 2 minutes to complete the 1 1/8 mile event. By comparison Secretariat ran 1/8th mile further in the 1973 Kentucky Derby in less than 2 minutes. Even low-level Claimers can run 1 1/8 miles on the grass on average 12 seconds under 2 minutes (i.e. 1:48). They could time this race with a sun dial!

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#10 – Dspite All My Rage (9-2)
#3 – Your Busted (1-1)
#9 – Super Zumba (4-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#9 – Twist Time Toni (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1 – Saint’s Same Song (20-1)
#7 – Carolina Moondance (6-1)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for VA-Bred 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 mile on Turf
#6 – Class Cap (6-1)
#2 – Snowbuster (6-5)
#3 – Searubyrun (7-5)

4th race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Clever Answer (5-1)
#6 – Little Piasano (3-2)
#4 – Clouds Of Emotion (8-1)

5th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#4 – Lil Billie (9-2)
#3 – Smoothe Landing (5-2)
#7 – Wall Street Miss (3-1)

6th race – $16,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#2 – Alta Boy (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#6 – Makulu Matatu (8-5)
#4 – Reckless Runner (9-2)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#2 – Little Jake (2-1)
#5 – Ten Missions (4-1)
#6 – Daytime (6-1)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#1 – Hold On Smokey (4-1)
#4 – Deputy Fling (7-2)
#2 – Hugo (8-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#3 – Jack Reacher (12-1)
#6 – Call Me Frankie (20-1)
#11 – Cool Heart (9-2)

Enjoy your Summer evenings following the night races at Colonial Downs and maybe even plan a trip there, it’s a short drive from Virginia Beach.

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