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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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