SOLVED FOR "X"
It may have taken a while for jockey Xavier Perez, who is hanging his tack at Colonial Downs this summer, to figure out the nuances of the "Wooded Arena". Perez may have taken a big step forward Saturday night winning four races including the feature, the $50,000 Buckland Stakes. Aboard the favorite, Sensible Lady, Perez went four wide coming out of the turn for home and drove Tim Salzman's filly home for Three Lyons Racing. Earlier in the card, Perez survived an objection call in the fourth with Prince Togiak (9-2) for trainer Daniel O'Ryan and Goldstream Racing. Two races later, "X" delivered favorite Just Bearable for Samuel Rogers, owner and breeder. In the following race, the 7th, Perez struck the wire best with Ture to Tradition for Ben Mondello and trainer Scott Lake at 8-1. Perez received word this week that one trainer was taking him off several of his mounts. Chances are, he may pick up a few after last night.
The "victims" of Nick's Picks enjoyed a skybox suite last night and found the service outstanding. Plenty of food and great experience for many first timers.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Horse sense is the thinga horse has which keeps it from betting on people."
- W C Fields
Also last night at Colonial, LITTLE PIASANO won for trainer Robert Bailes. Horacio Karamanos, Special "K", navigated the maiden breaking win. In one of the more frantic finishes of the night, Eli Rosa on TRULAKE held of CALIPARI with Sheldon Russell aboard to reward longshot players with a $29.20 winner. Elizabeth Heffner won the female amateur rider race wtih CAPTAIN CRUSTY.