HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Anoakia

Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita

Scandalous ActOn Sunday 10-13-2013 we have the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita. Before we cover that race, let’s do a quick recap of Saturday’s action. There were 2 Florida Stallion Stakes as part of the Festival of Sun at Calder. In the Florida Stallion My Dear Girl Stakes, Scandalous Act romped the field as expected by 5 ¾ lengths.  In the Florida Stallion In Realitty Stakes, Best Plan Yet did the same, also by 5 ¾ lengths. If you played our picks for the Festival of the Sun Pick 4 at Calder (which included these 2 plus winners Amen Kitten in the Tropical Park Derby and E B Ryder in the Frances A Genter Stakes) you got paid $130.90 on the $1 Pick 4. Needless to say it was a good day for us at Calder! Legend Fortynine shined in the Canadian Juvenile Stakes at Northlands, winning by 3 ½ lengths. At Thistledown, in the John W Galbreath Stakes, favorite Needmore Flattery demolished the competition by 18 ¾ lengths! Finally in the Thistledown Juvenile Stakes, Countess Bling out ran her mixed competition by 3 ½ lengths and paid $48.20 for the win! Now let’s look at the Anoakia.

Anoakia Stakes

Santa AnitaThe $70,000 Anoakia Stakes is the 3rd race on the card at Santa Anita on Sunday. This race will feature a field of 5 two year old fillies set to go 6 furlongs. The 6 to 5 morning line favorite in this short field is Spring Moon. Spring Moon broke maiden in her career opener at Santa Anita on July 21st by 4 lengths in a 5 ½ furlong straight maiden 75k. This Bob Baffert trained filly has some solid works and will be a major player here. 2 to 1 on the ML is Bajan. Bajan ran 6th in the Del Mar Debutante in her first attempt at a Grade 1, but her speed figures have been consistent and she will fare well within this field. For my value/longshot play I like E Equalsmcsquared. E Equalsmcsquared fell short in her last two outings running 5th in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes and 4th in the Sorrento Stakes, but I look for her to return to form in this race. She’s 6 to 1 on the ML, but I’m not so sure that price will hold. At any rate, I feel she will upset this field on Sunday. Good luck and check back with us for more 2 year old stakes action throughout the week!




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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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