MIDTERM "BUCKET" AWARDS, REFILL
(Nick's Note-As you might have expected, the weekend storms played more havoc on Nick's Picks than VCU's full court defense. Saturday's Nick's Picks was in printform only and Sunday's was not produced with racing cancelled.)
Here is the conclusion of the Nick's Picks "Oat Pail" midterm awards rudely interrupted by Mother Nature last Friday night.
Trainer - Ferris Allen is tied with 10 wins by Hugh McMahon who clicked down the same tally in only 21 starts. Jamie Ness has cooled down to 40% winners. Lots to choose from here but an edge to McMahon.
Horse - Friday evening I was watching the racing action at Colonial Downs after "Off to the Races" to see whether or not I should deem Book the Crook the first half horse of the meet when the storm struck. I learned of his win Friday evening on my Black-eyed Berry. He is the only horse in the meet with 3 wins.
Saturday night's storm reminds me of another Colonial storm event. On a Sunday when Derby Bill and I were en route back from Three Rivers Stadium after an early season Steeler victory over the Redskins, a thunderstorm lifted several tents from "The Green", blowing one of them into the infield pond. Colonial was then racing in the fall.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river."- Abraham Lincoln
Virginia Derby favorite SILVER MAX breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs on the dirt on July 3rd in an even minute (1:00). Virginia-bred CAMP VICTORY won the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, (G1) at Hollywood Park last Saturday. Breeder-Owner-Trainer Henry Carroll sends 8-1 Virginia-bred TRISH'S WISH out in the $50,000 White Clay Creek at Delaware Park on Independence Day.