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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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