(NEW KENT, VA — 6/14/12) — Colonial Downs will present an “All Stakes-All Turf” Pick-4 wager as part of Saturday’s $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup card.
The stakes quartet, which covers races 4 thru 7, includes the $30,000 Old Nelson Starter Handicap, the $50,000 Da Hoss Stakes, the $100,000 Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (Gr. III) and the Turf Cup. Post time for the Pick-4’s first leg is 7:18 PM (EDT). Field size for each respective leg of the multi-race wager stands at 11, 10, 11 and 12.
Mike Trombetta’s Private Tale is early choice in the Old Nelson, which along with the Turf Cup, is contested at the 1 3/16th miles distance. Fresh off a Belmont allowance win, the 4 year old Tale of the Cat gelding has yet to try turf in six life outs.
Graham Motion’s Slews Answer is favored in a deep Da Hoss field, carded at one mile on the inner turf course. Rajiv Maragh will direct the 5 year old Ghostzapper gelding, who has a pair of tight second and third place stakes finishes this year. Carlos Garcia’s Action Andy is second choice while Lentenor, a full brother to Barbaro, is the third pick.
Pachattack, another Motion trainee, has morning line favorite status in the All Along, which is the lone stakes in the Pick-4 exclusive to fillies and mares. Pachattack scored a neck victory in her only start this year, a Grade III stakes win at Keeneland. Last fall, she had back to back seconds in the Grade I Personal Ensign and Grace I Spinster Stakes.
Chad Brown, who also conditions Casino Host in the Turf Cup, has 7-2 second choice La Pernelle in the All Along. The Irish-bred filly made her U.S. bow in Belmont May 13th and won that turf allowance by a neck. Ramon Dominguez will be in the irons Saturday.
Third choice is Tom Proctor’s Snow Top Mountain, whose $372,703 turf bankroll is best in the field, while Martin Wolfson’s Speak Easy Gal, with $364,025 in earnings, is right behind.
Colonial’s first post on Saturday is 6 PM (EDT). All four stakes can be seen on HRTV.