2014 Hanshin Cup, Arlington Matron & Classic

Arlington Classic, Matron & Hanshin Cup

HogyThis Saturday, May 24th we have 3 graded races on the card at Arlington Park. In last year’s Arlington Matron, longshot Imposing Grace won by ½ of a length over Sisterhood and Lotta Lovin and paid $19.20 for the win. In last year’s Hanshin Cup Stakes, another longshot by the name of Hogy won by 1 ½ lengths over the favorite Mister Marti Gras and paid $18.40 for the win. Finally in last year’s Arlington Classic, General Election who had ran 2nd in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes earlier that year, was overlooked by the public and brought home $28.20 for the win, outrunning the favorite, Admiral Kitten. That’s 3 longshots in all 3 races for some very nice payouts. We’re hoping to see that pattern emerge again this Saturday. Let’s get started!

Arlington Matron at Arlington

La TiaThe $150,000 Grade 3 Arlington Matron is the 7th race on the card Saturday at Arlington and will feature a field of 8 fillies and mares 3 years old and up traveling 1 1/8 mile. The 5/2 morning line favorite is La Tia. It’s worth noting that this 5 year old mare has not won a race since the Lincoln Heritage Handicap at Arlington back in June of last year. In her last 5 starts she has put up some good efforts, including a 3rd place finish in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap and a 3rd place finish in the Illini Princess Handicap at Hawthorne. As much as I hate to talk chalk here, I have to consider her. She should get the early lead uncontested and take this one home. My hope is that the public will back off of her so that we might get some better odds. At any rate, for a longshot play I will consider I Dazzle at 6 to 1 on the ML. She bounced pretty hard in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland and I look for her to come back strong in this one.

Hanshin Cup at Arlington

Occasional ViewThe $150,000 Grade 3 Hanshin Cup Stakes is the 9th race on the card at Arlington and will host a field of 14 three year olds and up traveling 1 mile. Hogy is back to defend his title here and is the morning line favorite at 3 to 1. Since last year, Hogy has been out 7 times, including a second place finish in the Arlington Sprint, a win in the Troy at Saratoga, a win in the Presque Isle Mile Stakes and a 4th place finish in the Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland. The public will show him a lot of favor as the returning champ, but I think he is going to have trouble with Occasional View at 4 to 1 on the ML. Occasional View recently won the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland by a length and ran an impressive 2nd in the Grade 3 Vigil at Woodbine missing it by ¾ of a length. I believe he is poised and ready to strike for this race, making him my value play. For a longshot consideration, I like Nikki’s Sandcastle at 6 to 1 on the ML.

Arlington Classic at Arlington

RankhasprivilegesFinally in the $150,000 Grade 3 Arlington Classic we have a field of 8 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile on the turf in race 10. The 3 to 1 morning line favorite is Solitary Ranger. Solitary Ranger will try and capture the early lead here and control this race, but he will be contested and this should set us up for a winner with better odds. Istanford, the only filly in the race, has the ability to contest him early for that lead, but I’m not so sure she will be able to overcome him. At 6 to 1 on the ML, I will consider her here as my longshot play and see if she can prove me wrong. But I believe the value play in the Arlington Classic is Rankhasprivileges at 9/2 on the morning line. He bounced in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood last year, but is ready to make his 2014 debut in this race. He has been training well at Churchill and I believe he will make a late charge for the win in this one. 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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