2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Cup & Saucer

Cup & Saucer Stakes at Woodbine

MatadorOn Sunday, October 12th, we have the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine up for consideration in our HHR 2 Year Old Stakes Watch. In last year’s edition, Matador won by a nose over Cool Faith. It marked the second year in a row that Matador’s trainer, Mark Casse had won the race. He’s got one entered in this year’s event as well. This year we have 11 two year old colts and geldings ready to battle it out over the 1 1/16 mile on the grass and it’s sure to be a fight to the finish.  Matador was the favorite for that race, but in my article I had Cool Faith as my value play and missed it. I’m hoping for a much better result this year! There’s nothing like losing a heartbreaker like that, but I’m looking for redemption here. Maybe the racing gods will be kind, lol.

Woodbine’s Cup & Saucer

Conquest BoogalooThe morning line favorite in Sunday’s Cup & Saucer is Passion for Action at 5/2.  He ran 2nd in his last outing back in August, missing the win by a head. Passion for Action will fight for the early lead in this one, but he will not be alone in that struggle. This will also be the furthest distance he has ever raced and although he has never finished worse than third, he is not showing me that he can get 1 mile and a 1/16th. For a pinch of value, I’m going with Conquest Boogaloo at 4 to 1 on the ML. He has made steady improvements in his 3 only races and won the last two, both in come-from-way-back style which should be to his advantage here. In both of those races he gained a considerable amount of ground to nab the wins and the last one was in stakes company. Of course his trainer, Mark Casse will be going for the three-peat here as well. Throw Patrick Husbands in the irons, too and you have one likely recipe for a winner. For my longshot play, I’m giving Knowitall the nod at 10 to 1 on the morning line. He won his last race by ½ of a length in a late run, and although his speed figure isn’t exactly where I would want it to be, as a late runner that speed figure is only as good as the horses in front of him. With that kind of heart, he will make a late charge at a freight train and with all the early speed in this race, he may have to! Good luck everybody!



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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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