2014 Honey Fox Stakes

Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream

ParrandaThe $200,000 Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes is the 10th race on the card Saturday at Gulfstream Park featuring a field of 9 four year olds and upward traveling 1 mile on the turf. The morning line favorite is Parranda at 5/2. Parranda is coming off of a pair of wins at Gulfstream including a 3 length victory in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes and more recently a 2 length victory in the Grade 3 Suwannee River. A close rival on the ML is Tapicat at 3/1. Tapicat ran a close third in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita last month missing the win by a length. Prior to that race he was successful with a ½ length win in the VooDoo Dancer at Gulfstream. John Velazquez gets the mount here for the Bill Mott trained filly. Both of these fillies look ready for this race, but I have 2 value plays for you to consider.

Centre CourtThe first value play in the Honey Fox is last year’s winner, Centre Court at 5/1 on the morning line. After winning last year’s edition of this race she went on to win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland by 2 lengths. Since then the 5 year old mare has not caught any breaks, running 4th in the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont, 5th in the Grade 1 Diane Stakes at Saratoga and bouncing in the Grade 2 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga last August with a last place finish, out of it by 9 ¾ lengths. Her connections have rested her since then, but her works indicate she is ready for a return to the winner’s circle and the Honey Fox is a great place for her to start. My second choice for value in this one is Effie Trinket, also at 5 to 1 on the ML. This Richard Violette, Jr. trained filly has ran no worse than 2nd in her last 6 starts, including wins in the Diamondrella Stakes, John Hettinger Stakes, and Ticonderoga Stakes all at Belmont. She finished 2nd in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last outing, missing the win by ½ of a length. I look for both Effie Trinket and Centre Court to make big runs in the Honey Fox. 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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