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A total of six stakes races on the green will take center stage during a big afternoon of action at Colonial Downs. Below are a trio of horses that I will be using on the fantastic card.
Race 6: Da Hoss S.
The 5 1/2-furlong dash for the boys attracted 10, and I will look to the outside for a value play. #10 High Limit Room (10-1) has won or placed in 11 of his 12 career runs on the turf and will move forward while making his second appearance since July of 2022. By Kantharos, the chestnut gave a good account of himself when a close fourth in a swiftly run event at Monmouth Park off the bench, and he has the right running style to be perfectly placed turning for home on this occasion, as well. The Empire State-bred will stalk with interest throughout.
Race 9: Virginia Oaks
A strong field of three-year-old fillies will jaunt 1 1/8 miles on the sod in the $250,000 affair. I’ve always liked two-time Grade 3 victress #7 Mission of Joy (8-5) and will tab her for success in the contest. The Kitten’s Joy chestnut tired late in the deep Belmont Oaks (G1) most recently, but she will appreciate both the class relief and cutback in distance on Saturday. The tactical miss comes in with a steady string of morning drills in advance of the race and will have Antonio Gallardo in the stirrups.
Race 11: Colonial Cup S.
The 12-furlong finale for the boys will see 11 go postward. Conditioner Mike Maker is so good when claiming horses and moving them up to the stakes ranks, so I am expecting a big performance from #7 Dynadrive (30-1). The Temple City gelding has not been the most consistent runner in his lifetime, but he can be quite good on his best days, and I have confidence that he will take a big step forward on the barn change. The six-year-old will be doing his best running in the latter stages of the race with Horacio Karamanos on board, and it’s worth noting that the Kentucky-bred finished second in his lone prior try on the course, as well.