TV Ratings for Belmont Up 12%; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday Night June 15th

June 15, 2012 | Gary Quill

Amazingly, the television ratings for the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes were up 12% over last year. Well, in 2011 there was no 3 year old attempting to win the Triple Crown. What you did have in the race was the Kentucky Derby winner (Animal Kingdom) versus Preakness winner (Shackleford) or at least that’s how it was being billed.

In actual numbers that’s 7.67 million viewers compared to 6.84 million in 2011. More impressively, it’s a 64% increase (4.74 million) over ABC’s broadcast of the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Not bad for a dying sport.

All three races of the Triple Crown this year were broadcast on NBC. The network said that the average viewership for each race was 10.34 million viewers (Kentucky Derby – 14.83 million, Preakness – 8.08 million and Belmont – 7.67 million), up 2 percent over last year’s average.

This year was different until the dream of a Triple Crown winner got shattered the morning before the big race, when it was announced that I’ll Have Another would not run due to a tendon injury discovered that morning. Surely if IHA would have run, the ratings would have been much higher, but the horse racing industry still needs to be encouraged that the sport may have attracted some new blood along the way. It’s hard to believe that folks tuned in to watch two Derby “Also Rans”, Union Rags and Dullahan run.

Recapping selections from Thursday, June 14th had just 4 winners (No Top Selections) with $2 WIN pay-offs being $3.00 (1st race), $7.20 (3rd), $7.00 (5th) and $7.60 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (5 3-0-0) made a nice middle move but had nothing left in the final furlong, finishing 4th @ 6-1 while the LONGSHOT PICK (5 0-1-2) was clearly 2nd best @ 8-1, unable to get to the gate-to-wire winner but returned a nice $9.80 to PLACE and $7.00 to SHOW.

Selections for Friday night, June 15th 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.

1st race – $7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#7 – Ben Quick (7-2)
#6 – Treasure Falls (15-1)
#1 – Money On The Mind (8-1)

2nd race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#2 – Vision Of Romance (10-1)
#4 – Charli Sunshine (7-5)
#3 – Happy Drunk (5-2)

3rd race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – Pauper’s Queen (5-2)
#3 – Asian Invasion (12-1)
#8 – Walleyedqueen (12-1)

4th race – $30,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#4 – Tap’n My Toes (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#5 – Orchestra Leader (9-5)
#6 – Peppermint Prince (3-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Class Hex (4-1)
#2 – Meg of My Heart (7-2)
#1 – Lucayan Princess (5-1)

6th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Water Ice (8-1)
#1 – Blazing Honor (20-1)
#8 – Chloe Carol (7-5)

7th race – $30,000 Optional Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#2 – Somasach (7-2) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Sugadadeze (4-5) POE #1A – Sing It Again SCRATCHED
#5 – Askmethequestions (20-1)

8th race – $16,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Pagan Preistess (4-1)
#4 – Grand Lee (7-2)
#7 – Whatabootie (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#1 – Spring Street (2-1)
#2 – Roxbury Rocket (7-5)
#4 – Campbell Creek (12-1)

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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