Longshots are among the first to arrive at Colonial Downs for Saturday's $500,000 Colonial Turf. I walked the backstretch Friday morning and visited (in post position order) Forte Dei Marmi, Atoned, Gourmet Dinner and Tilden Lane. I would consider the field for the feature being comprised of those with proven success at Colonial, (Air Support, Rahystrada, Casino Host and Smart Bid), those with talent starting for the first time at Colonial (Turbo Compressor, Humble and Hundary) and longshots (Forte Dei Marmi, Atoned, Bold Hawk, Gourmet Dinner and Tilden Lane.) Silver Tie Affair won the Virginia-bred restricted Van Clief here last summer on closing weekend.
Leading off the longshots, Forte Dei Marmi at 10-1 (barely a longshot) won an allowance at Keeneland and rallied well in last month's tough Dixie Stakes at Pimlico. Atoned (50-1) has been on the grounds for several weeks for Delmar Martins yet hasn't won a race in the last two years. Bold Hawk (15-1) is making the board in graded stakes on the New York circuit for trainer James Toner. Gourmet Dinner (20-1) enjoyed grazing outside Barn 2, has backclass and finished 3rd in his first turf start. Tilden Lane (30-1) ran well in a Churchill allowance in his 2012 start holding on for 2nd after leading in stretch.
|Good appetizers are figured in the tastebuds of the diner, as Gourmet Dinner demonstrates at Colonial Downs Friday morning. Arriving at Colonial Friday morning, the 20-1 longshot was on the Triple Crown road in 2011.|
|Roger Attfield's Forte De Marmi (10-1) is awaiting the race in the Phipps barn at Colonial. Bred in England, the six year old gelding won an allowance at Keeneland this April.|