Saturday Night Selections at Colonial Downs – Mother Nature was unkind on Friday evening

June 23, 2012 | Gary Quill

The number of turf races Colonial Downs has scheduled during this meet is off the charts! The only problem is when Mother Nature does not cooperate, as was the case on Friday night. Approximately 15 minutes prior to 1st race post, a strong storm blew across the track dumping a few inches of rain onto the turf. Even with a sophisticated drainage system, the first 3 races were taken off the turf and then scratches followed.

Recapping selections from Friday, June 22nd had just 4 winners (1 Top Selection) due to the nasty curveball Mother Nature threw us, causing a 20 minute delay to the start of the 1st race as well managements decision to take ONLY race 1, 2 and 3 OFF TURF. Add the fact a number of picks were late scratches, it was a very frustrating evening. The few winners had $2 WIN pay-offs being $3.00 (2nd race), $4.80 (6th), $4.00 (7th) and $6.60 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (10 5-0-0) was a Closer in a race filled with early speed, yet the jock had him close to the pace early, leaving nothing for the final furlong and he hung, finishing 5th. The LONGSHOT PICK (9 0-2-3) ran 3rd just a half length behind the winner, but only 4 horses ran as half the field was scratched. There was no SHOW betting. It was that kind of night… one to forget.

Selections for Saturday night, June 23rd at Colonial Downs below are PRIOR TO SCRATCHES. Check back after scratches are announced (approximately 6:10pm) as there may be changes in picks. 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.

Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race –$5,000 Claiming N1Y for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#4 – Kinda Kathy (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#2 – Go Go Pink (7-2)
#5 – Black Tie Aly (10-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – Miesques Dream (4-1)
#3 – Gudahi (2-1)
#1 – Sonny Crewe Jack (15-1)

3rd race –$5,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#1 – Carlet (6-1)
#8 – Furtive (8-1)
#6 – Captain Crusty (4-1)

4th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#10 – Prince Togiak (9-2)
#2 – In My Crosshairs (6-1)
#1 – Outtamyway Please (5-2)

5th race – $28,750 Maiden for VA-bred F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#6 – Little Piasano (3-1)
#3 – Blue Book (6-1)
#5 – Sherwood Outlaw (4-1)

6th race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for VA-bred 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#6 – Hilary Sylvester (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#2 – Just Bearable (5-2)
#5 – Complete Chant (6-1)

7th race – $17,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#8 – True To Tradition (8-1)
#3 – Dom (5-2)
#5 – Cryptonite Kid (4-1)

8th race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#8 – Main Ruler (8-1)
#7 – Wolverton (5-1)
#2 – Whiskey Keg (8-1)

9th race – $50,000 Buckland Stakes for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – Sensible Lady (9-5)
#3 – Smartys Emperoress (6-1)
#1 – Caribbean Lady (6-1)

10th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#2 – D’wildgold (4-1)
#8 – Devonian (20-1)
#9 – Yeaah (9-2)

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