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Welcome Olympic Games, Goodbye Virginia Horse Racing… Until Next Year

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Welcome Olympic Games, Goodbye Virginia Horse Racing… Until Next Year

Posted on 27 July 2012 by Gary Quill

The Summer Games of the XXX Olympiad opened in London less than 24 hours ago. Within the next 24 ago the 16th Summer meeting at Colonial Downs will come to a close with twelve (12) exciting chase scenes.

For the most part, Mother Nature cooperated with the track in New Kent, VA as only two (2) racing days days were lost due to the extreme heat. Otherwise, officials have to be pleased with their racing cards where over 90% of the races were contested on the turf. Sheldon Russell has clinched the jockey title with 51 wins, 21 more than his nearest competitor, Horatio Karamanos. Hugh McMahon captured the training title as he led 22 into the Winners Circle, 6 more than A. Ferris Allen III.

Live horse racing in Maryland returns when the State Fair opens on Friday, August 23rd at Timonium Fair Grounds for a 10 day meet, ending on Labor Day (Monday, September 3rd). Laurel Park’s Fall meeting will run through the end of 2012. Opening day will be on Wednesday, September 5th.

Recapping my selections from Friday, July 27th had 6 winners (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $10.40 (2nd race), $2.80 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $9.40 (8th), $6.20 (9th), and $7.20 (10th). The BEST BET of the Day (23 6-4-1) broke slowest among the field of 11, navigated through traffic from the ¼ pole to mid-stretch but was no match for the winner, settling for second, returning $3.60 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (23 2-3-4) went off a healthy 9-1, battled for the lead throughout the early stages of the race, weakened late but held on for 3rd returning $4.80 to SHOW.

Selections for Saturday evening, July 28th at Colonial Downs are posted 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.

Please note: 1st race post is 6:00pm EDT.

1st race – $28,750 Maiden for VA-bred 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#4 – Mr. Sneakers (5-2)
#8 – Available (3-1)
#7 – Kincaid (5-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#2 – Narrow Back (5-1)
#6 – Celtic Heir (4-1)
#4 – Makelovenotwar (15-1)

3rd race –$7,500 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#14 – Dr. Thomas (20-1)
#3 – Frogtown (9-2)
#1 – Cool Heart (4-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2Y for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#10 – April’s Dixie Bell (2-1)
#5 – Grand Lee (3-1)
#6 – Messalina (20-1)

5th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#9 – Morada Choice (5-2)
#3 – Be Widgett (9-2)
#6 – Hay Mr Jones (6-1)

6th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#11 – Pepper Joann (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1– Native Tru N Tru (4-1)
#14 – Dynakrall (8-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#9 – Senor Habanero (7-2) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – Kendall’s Bear (9-2)
#3 – Jake’s Lil Man (10-1)

8th race – $16,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Baton On Fire (5-2)
#7 – Ala Dan (10-1)
#6 – Werbee (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up –1 mile on Turf
#10 – Backdoor Strike (5-2)
#11 – Rock The Red (5-1)
#12 – Dark Humorista (6-1)

10th race – $20,000 Optional Claiming N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ f on Turf
#1A – Thisdanseistaken (7-2)
#5 – Holiday Candy (12-1)
#10 – Diner Gal (12-1)

11th race – $5,000 Claiming N1Y for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#4 – Plum Creek (9-2)
#8 – We Hope (15-1)
#2 – Adari (9-5)

12th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#8 – Run Jac Run (10-1)
#9 – Resign If Elected (5-1)
#1 – Farma Way John (3-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Summertime racing is a hit from coast to coast; Picks for Colonial Downs THURSDAY Evening

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Summertime racing is a hit from coast to coast; Picks for Colonial Downs THURSDAY Evening

Posted on 25 July 2012 by Gary Quill

Forget about the “Dog Days of Summer”. Right now thoroughbred horse racing is as hot as a blacktop street these days during the longest lasting heat wave this nation has experience in quite some time.

Normally when the road to the Triple Crown comes to an end in early June, handles (i.e. the amount of money bet on horse racing) go south as fan interest turns to their favorite baseball teams quest for a playoff spot, the anticipation that “this is the year” for their football team and/or get lost in fantasy (sports) games.

That doesn’t seem to be the case in 2012. Through the four days of the nation’s two premier summer race meetings – Saratoga and Del Mar – both tracks enjoyed increased pari-mutuel business. On their respective opening days, Saratoga drew 25,676 on Friday, July 20th while Del Mar opened on Wednesday July 18th with a record 47,399 fans in attendance.

Thanks to ideal weather at Saratoga, the historic upstate New York track processed $12,731,605 in on-track wagers during the first four days, up 14.2% from 2011. All-sources handle during this period was $63,688,669 up 12.3% from $56,688,557 last year.

Like its East Coast counterpart, Del Mar rang up on-track and all-sources handle gains during the initial week of its 75th anniversary season. Through the first five days of racing, the seaside Southern California track reported average daily on-track handle of $2,649,568, 8% above last year’s opening week. Average daily all-sources handle of $12,227,863 represented an increase of 2.4% and mirrors the national increase in wagering year-to-date through June 30 reported monthly by Equibase Company.

Recapping my selections from Wednesday, July 25th had 4 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $9.20 (3rd race), $6.60 (5th), $22.20 (7th), and $11.80 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (21 6-3-1) showed the needed early speed but got cooked by a rival, was unable to last the 5½ furlongs and finished 4th, by a 1 ½ lengths as the 1-1 post time favorite. The LONGSHOT PICK (21 2-3-3) went off 42-1 and ran to his odds, never picking up his feet throughout the race and was outrun.

Selections for Thursday evening, July 26th 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. Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs on Dirt
#5 – Shes Lightnin (5-1)
#13 – Seeking The Breeze (15-1)
#8 – Imsobold (9-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Limehouse Silver (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1A– Midsummer’s Eve (3-1) POE #1 – Joy Train is scratched.
#7 – Fort Brook Fields (4-1)

3rd race –$5,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Good Girls Dont (9-2)
#11 – Music of Arabia (6-1)
#9 – Tinderbox (10-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Altruistic Tales (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Smoothe Landing (5-1)
#2 – Grace Alley (9-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles on Turf
#1 – Hangingbyathread (4-1)
#11 – Sacred Soul (7-2)
#6 – Yep (15-1)

6th race – $23,000 Maidens for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#1 – I’vegotadate (6-1)
#9 – Shepherd’s Furey (5-1)
#4 – Spicetown (2-1)

7th race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#10 – Marataya’s Tune (10-1)
#4 – Bluegrass Kopp (6-1)
#13 – Roxbury Rocket (9-2)

8th race – $23,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#2 – Cocked (6-1) No, that’s not a typo!
#4 – Gypsy Baron (7-2)
#11 – Cu soonerthanlater (10-1)

9th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles on Turf
#3 – Water Ice (7-2)
#4 – Earthly Reserves (5-2)
#1 – Joel T (15-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Vacation’s Over, Time to Shift Back to Four-Legged Fillies at Colonial Downs Thursday Evening

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Vacation’s Over, Time to Shift Back to Four-Legged Fillies at Colonial Downs Thursday Evening

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Gary Quill

Vacations are all the same. Whether you drive to the beach, fly to an exotic island resort or take a cruise… they are never long enough! A really good vacation is just like a good day at the track. For both you seem to spend as much time preparing and travelling to your destination than the actual time spent there. The reality is you do spend more time enjoying yourself, it just seems like time flies. Then when it’s over, you’re left with an empty feeling inside, drained but yearning for more… eagerly awaiting your next trip.

Even though I still have visions of two-legged filly’s romping bareback (i.e. in bikini’s) along the South Jersey shoreline, it’s back to the four-legged filly’s… mares, colts and geldings.

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Ok, ok let’s get back to horse racing. Recapping my selections from Saturday, July 7th just prior to vacation, had just 4 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $8.20 (2nd race), $6.40 (3rd), $4.80 (6th), and $2.60 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (17 5-3-1) ran a game 3rd in a field of 7 after being steadied at the start of the 5 1/2 furlong contest, returning $2.80 to SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (17 1-3-3) mounted a nice rally, albeit 6 wide around the turn which cost her as she hung late, finishing 4th @ 10-1 just 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

Selections for Thursday evening, July 19th 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. Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs on Dirt
#5 – Big Dividend (2-5)
#7 – Second Jon (10-1)
#6 – Focus Point (8-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – Show Us Ryan (5-2)
#5 – Glore Racer (10-1)
#3 – Hound (9-5)

3rd race –$7,500 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Laurel’s Landing (6-1)
#1 – Smoothe Landing (8-1)
#11 – Moral High Ground (4-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming N2M for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Pride Of The Fleet (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Golden Biscuit (12-1)
#6 – Early Star (5-1)

5th race – $23,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 1½ mile on Turf
#9 – Memory N Dreams (6-1)
#8 – Ed’s Big Bet (4-1)
#5 – Art Class (2-1)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile on Turf
#1 – Shameless (9-5)
#9 – Sexy Sandbagger (8-1)
#8 – Meg Of My Heart (10-1)

7th race – $16,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – Calliope (8-1)
#6 – Whatabootie (7-2)
#3 – Promise Me (5-2)

8th race – $20,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 1½ mile on Turf
#6 – Earthly Reserves (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#5 – Final Liberation (10-1)
#8 – Le Deluge (3-1)

9th race – $7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#2 – Kincaid (5-1)
#4 – In Daniel’s Boot (20-1)
#3 – Begginforgiveness (7-2)

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Colonial Downs Cancels Sunday Racing Card Due To Extreme Heat

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Colonial Downs Cancels Sunday Racing Card Due To Extreme Heat

Posted on 08 July 2012 by Gary Quill

Due to extreme heat that is expected to remain in Virginia through the weekend, Colonial Downs has cancelled its Sunday (July 8th) card of thoroughbred horse racing. Races were scheduled for a 12:55pm EDT 1st Post. Racing will resume on Thursday, July 12th. 1st race Post Time will be 7:00pm EDT.

Recapping the selections from Saturday, July 7th had just 4 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $8.20 (2nd race), $6.40 (3rd), $4.80 (6th), and $2.60 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (17 5-3-1) ran a game 3rd in a field of 7 after being steadied at the start of the 5 1/2 furlong contest, returning $2.80 to SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (17 1-3-3) mounted a nice rally, albeit 6 wide around the turn which cost her as she hung late, finishing 4th @ 10-1 just 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

Vacation has come at a perfect time after two consecutive sub-par handicapping days. Now is a good time to clear my head of bad habits and return fresh for the final days of the Colonial Downs meet.

Man in chair on Beach

Enjoy the cooler temperatures at home while I enjoy some R&R.

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Picks for Ten Totally Turf Chase Scenes at Colonial Downs for Saturday Night

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Picks for Ten Totally Turf Chase Scenes at Colonial Downs for Saturday Night

Posted on 07 July 2012 by Gary Quill

UPDATED 6:45pm EDT, 07/07/2012: Please note selections have been altered AFTER scratches were announced.

Ever have someone ask you, “Is it hot enough for ya?!” Try asking that question of someone who’s been without electricity for over a week, during the longest heat wave the East Coast has experienced in sometime. Go ahead and ask it, if you want your nosed rearranged on your face. Instead of asking that dumb question and risking bodily harm, try to cool down on a Saturday night with some hot selections at Colonial Downs. Pardon the pun which is as pathetic as my selections were from the Friday night races. Saturday is a new day and hopefully more pari-mutuel tickets to be cashed.

Recapping selections from Friday, July 6th had just 5 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $4.60 (2nd race), $7.00 (4th), $11.60 (6th), $3.20 (8th), and $3.20 (9th). The BEST BET of the Day (16 5-3-0) was sent off @ 4-1, but never looked comfortable and failed to show the late rally she displayed in her debut, most likely earning the dubious Past Performance Comment “Even Effort”. The LONGSHOT PICK (16 1-3-3) stalked the early leader, and eventual winner for the first 7 furlongs, but stopped in mid-stretch finishing dead last in this one mile event.

Selections for Saturday evening, July 7th 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. Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race –$7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlong on Turf
#4 – Ben Quick (5-2)
#8 – Grizzly Bay (8-1)
#10 – Celtic Heir (5-1)

2nd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for VA-bred 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#3 – Nagatamen (7-2)
#1 – Ol’ Henry (4-1)
#5 – Prima Facie (10-1) SCRATCHED
#9 – Ala Dan (3-1)

3rd race –$8,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#2 – King’s Coronation (7-2)
#1 – Sir Rabbit (3-1)
#5 – Tripp O Steel (5-2) SCRATCHED
#3 – Pride Of The Fleet (4-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Cut for Luck (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#4 – Go Allie (8-1)
#1 – Judiane’s Jubilee (2-1)

5th race – $7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Blowout Weekend (4-1)
#8 – Class Cap (12-1)
#6 – Dasituation (5-1)

6th race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#3 – Virginia Cavalier (9-2) *** BEST BET ***
#6 – Honour Your Dreams (8-5)
#4 – Unlimited Spirit (2-1)

7th race – $20,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – Cee’s My Lady (4-1) SCRATCHED
#1 – Mr. Starr’s Report (5-1)
#3 – Orchestra Leader (6-1) SCRATCHED
#5 – Unapproachable (5-2)
#8 – Early Star (8-1)

8th race – $23,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. – 5 furlongs on Turf
#1/1AGas Tank / Falsehood (7-5) 1A Part of entry SCRATCHED
#4 – Glich (4-1)
#3 – Gentle as a Breeze (20-1)

9th race – $30,000 Optional Claiming N2X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Nightmare Night (5-1)
#8 – Fur Lined (6-1)
#2 – Cobbley’s Breeze (5-1)

10th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#1 – Big Dutch (3-1)
#5 – Foreign Review (5-2) SCRATCHED
#7 – Black River (8-1)
#10 – Begginforgiveness (8-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Memories of Andy Griffith’s “Football” – Fireworks and Fast Horses at Colonial Downs on 4th of July

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Memories of Andy Griffith’s “Football” – Fireworks and Fast Horses at Colonial Downs on 4th of July

Posted on 03 July 2012 by Gary Quill

Happy Independence Day! For a day that seems to revolve around what to cook on the grill, please take a moment to be thankful that our forefathers had the courage to declare this great country’s independence 236 years ago today.

On July 3rd the entertainment industry lost an icon, Andy Griffith. Upon hearing of his death, most likely those under the age of 25 thought, “Who?!”. If you are between the ages of 26 and 45, your knowledge of Andy Griffith is from the legal drama show Matlock. While anyone over 45 certainly has fond memories of watching The Andy Griffith Show. I fall into the latter, but my favorite memory of Andy Griffith was a stand-up comedy act he performed called, “What It Was Was Football”. Turn up your volume and enjoy…

Recalling that the Sunday card at Colonial Downs was cancelled due to the extreme heat and aftermath of a power outage Saturday night which cancelled race 5 thru 10, here’s the recap of selections from Saturday, June 30th for the four races that were run had 2 winners (0 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $2.60 (1st race) and $7.80 (2nd). The BEST BET of the Day (14 5-2-0) was scheduled to run in the 6th race, but races were cancelled from the 5th race on. The LONGSHOT PICK (14 0-3-3) ran in the 1st race, if you want to call finishing 6th by 38 lengths “running”, more like “walking”.

Selections for Wednesday evening, July 4th 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. Please note: Special Independence Day 1st race post is 5:00pm EDT.

1st race –$5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Operative Assets (6-1)
#1 – New York Holiday (12-1)
#8 – Cryin’ Ryan (5-2)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#9 – Grace Alley (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#3 – Queen Of Legends (4-1)
#5 – My Queen (9-5)

3rd race –$5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Run Jac Run (7-2)
#8 – Yeaah (10-1)
#6 – Work It Out (9-2)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#4 – Pavoratti’s Soul (9-2)
#7 – Hesagoldmine (5-2)
#3 – Show Us Ryan (3-1)

5th race – $23,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#3 – Avarice (2-1)
#4 – Old Troubador (8-1)
#14 – Journalism (12-1)

6th race – $50,000 Chesapeake Stakes for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs on Dirt
#3 – Guam Typhoon (2-5)
#4 – Broad Rule (8-1)
#6 – Malibu Kid (2-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles on Turf
#6 – Castle Victory (7-2) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Diana’s Vendetta (5-2)
#1 – Definite Humor (20-1)

8th race – $23,000 Allowance NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – Queen Chatanika (6-1)
#5 – Embracing Heart (2-1)
#3 – Heaven Knows What (8-5)

9th race – $50,000 Punch Line Stakes for VA Bred 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#3 – Jake Rattle N Roll (3-1)
#1 – Giant Patriot (15-1)
#4 – Valter (20-1)

10th race – $5,000 Claiming N1Y for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#9 – Hound (4-5)
#4 – We Hope (8-1)
#6 – Hay Prince (6-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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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Heat wave forces Colonial Downs and others to cancel racing on Sunday

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Heat wave forces Colonial Downs and others to cancel racing on Sunday

Posted on 01 July 2012 by Gary Quill

COLONIAL DOWNS cancelled their SUNDAY afternoon card due to the power outage which hit the facility on Saturday night shortly after the running of the 4th race. As a result the remainder of the SATURDAY night card, races 5 thru 10 were cancelled.

Word of today’s cancellation came Stu Slagle of the Colonial Downs racing office via the tracks facebook page. There was no mention of if/when the day would be lost or made up prior to the last day of the meet (July 28th). Power had been restored to the New Kent, VA track just prior to the announcement. Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday as the track takes advantage of the 4th of July holiday and will be dark on Thursday. One would think that instead of losing a day in this short meet, track management should make-up SUNDAY’s lost card on Thursday?!

With the extreme heat still across the country, many tracks have been cancelling or shifting their cards to the night hours… that is tracks who have lights. On Saturday both Delaware Park and Parx cancelled. With the forecast all along the East Coast is for high temperatures in the upper 90′s with high humidity, Parx and Charlestown joined Colonial Downs in cancelling their Sunday card.

Recapping selections from Saturday, June 30th four races that were run had 2 winners (0 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $2.60 (1st race) and $7.80 (2nd). The BEST BET of the Day (14 5-2-0) was scheduled to run in the 6th race, but races were cancelled from the 5th race on. The LONGSHOT PICK (14 0-3-3) ran in the 1st race, if you want to call finishing 6th by 38 lengths “running”, more like “walking”.

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Return of the Great White Hope; Colonial Downs Selections for Saturday Evening

Posted on 30 June 2012 by Gary Quill

Remember this guy (to the right)? He was billed the ‘Great White Hope” by his owner having the same name. Back in November he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in gate-to-wire fashion, stamping himself the early favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. He ran in the Derby, was in contention entering the stretch, but his pedigree shortcoming for getting 10 furlongs reared it’s ugly head as he faded to 9th.

Recall his name yet?! Does Hansen ring a bell?! Well he’s baaaaacccckk. Making his first start since the Derby, he’s the 2-5 Morning Line favorite in the G3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows, just outside of Des Moines, IA on Saturday. The 3 year old gray (well nearly white) son of Tapit faces only five (5) rivals, none of which sniffed a Triple Crown race. Maybe if you are a hard-core horse racing fan, you might recognize #3 – Hero Of Order (8-1) who won the G2 Louisiana Derby as a 109-1 longshot on April Fool’s Day. I follow horse racing rather closely and I haven’t heard of the other three (3), but there was a rumor one of them did beat Francis the Mule and Mister Ed earlier in the year.
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Recapping selections from Friday, June 29th had 7 winners (4 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $3.40 (2nd race), $6.40 (3rd), $11.80 (4th), $4.00 (5th), $7.20 (6th), $8.60 (7th) and $4.40 via Dead Heat @ 4-1 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (14 5-2-0) had no excuse as sat in a perfect stalking spot, moved forward into contention at the head of the stretch but t by weakened in the final 1/16th fading to 6th @ 7-1. The LONGSHOT PICK (13 0-3-3) took the lead right from the gate @ 10-1, was pressured early, put away that rival but could not hold off the 1-1 post time favorite, losing by a length, returning $6.60 to PLACE and $4.20 to SHOW.

Selections for Saturday evening, June 30th at Colonial Downs are posted 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. Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.
UPDATED on June 30th, 6:47pm EDT to reflect SCRATCHES.

1st race –$7,500 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Dirt
#3 – Silly Magic (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#8 – Tutu’s Angel (2-5)
#2 – Nell’s Luck (8-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Pagan Priestess (5-2)
#7 – Sizzling Hot (15-1)
#2 – Sweet Temptation (10-1)

3rd race –$7,500 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Dirt
#4 – Fifty Fifty (6-5)
#5 – Fancy Attitude (15-1)
#2 – Look (12-1)

4th race – $6,250 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#6 – Country Chic (4-1)
#5 – Ms Diller (2-1)
#3 – Cut For Luck (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#9 – Mott (10-1) SCRATCHED
#12 – Black River (10-1)
#14 – Shadow Shogun (8-1)SCRATCHED
#3 – Silent Tale (5-1)
#7 – Big Dutch (4-1)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#6 – Kelly The Great (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – Dr. Thomas (9-2)
#8 – Hello Hollywood (15-1)

7th race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – Honour Your Dreams (9-5)
#6 – Unlimited Spirit (2-1)
#4 – Jaded Lover (5-1)

8th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – Werbee (5-1)
#8 – Windsor Court (9-2)
#1 – Tizallaboutme (4-1) SCRATCHED
#9 – Malibu Vice (6-1)

9th race – $8,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – True Linnet (6-1)
#2 – Sir Rabbit (2-1)
#3 – We Hope (20-1)

10th race – $7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#6 – Blowout Weekend (4-1)
#8 – Epitaph (20-1)
#12 – D’wildgold (12-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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