2014 Spiral Stakes

Spiral Stakes at Turfway

Animal KingdomSaturday, March 22nd we have the $550,000 Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway. The Spiral Stakes is one of the Kentucky Derby Championship races and will award points to the top 4 horses that will go towards their chance to enter this year’s Kentucky Derby. If you are unfamiliar with the Kentucky Derby Points System, read up on it and book mark this page- 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System. The first running of the Spiral Stakes was in 1972 and since then has seen its fair share of stand-out horses win the race including Hansel, Summer Squall, Lil E. Tee, Prairie Bayou and Animal Kingdom. This year’s line-up looks interesting so let’s see what we can find!

Turfway’s Spiral Stakes

Harry's HolidayThe $550,000 Grade 3 Spiral Stakes is the 11th race on the card Saturday at Turfway and will feature a field of 12 three year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. The 3/1 morning line favorite is Tamarando. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Russell Baze, Tamarando was the recent winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby back in mid-February. Challenging Tamarando on the morning line is We Miss Artie at 4 to 1. I’ll be honest- I don’t see either one of these two with a win here. Of the two, I like Tamarando simply for his run in the El Camino Real, but it’s just not enough to prove to me he’ll win this one. As for We Miss Artie, he seems better suited for turf where he could possibly turn into a rock star! He’ll need to really prove himself on the dirt here to have a shot at getting to the Derby- but anything is possible. For value, I like Poker Player at 5 to 1 on the ML. This horse is steadily on the improve and should show us something in this race. But my way out there longshot will be Harry’s Holiday at 20 to 1. Another horse that’s showing signs of maturing, Harry’s Holiday looks fit for the Spiral and with Rosie Napravnik in the irons may just show off in this event. 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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