HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch August 23rd

2 Year Old Stakes at Hastings

Del Rio Harbor Last weekend in our 2 Year Old Stakes Watch, we only had 3 races to look at. The first two were at Louisiana Downs. In the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes at Louisiana Downs, Burning Warrior took the 4 length win over Sweet Top Cat, paying $4.60 for the win and $3.40 for the place. But in the Louisana Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes, Pagini squeaked out a huge win over Lady Grantham paying $63.80 for the win and $21.40 for the place! The whole race was shifted in disarray due to Lady Notional who drifted out badly bothering outer rivals under a left hand stick late. She barely beat out Pagini, but was disqualified after a stewards’ inquiry and was placed fourth. I’ll be keeping an eye on both Pagini and Lady Notional. In the WTBOA Lads Stakes at Emerald, Del Rio Harbor won by a head over Mebossman with a nice $11.40 win. This weekend we have a huge amount of 2 year old stakes to watch, starting with 2 on Friday- CTHS Sales Stakes for fillies and the CTHS Sales Stakes for colts & geldings at Hastings.

CTHS Sales Stakes (fillies)

Architecture Wins B C Cup Debutante StakesThe $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes for 2 year old fillies will be the 6th race on the card at Hastings on Friday, August 23rd. A field of 7 will travel 6 ½ furlongs for this one. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Architecture.  Fresh off of her 1 ½ length win in the British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes that followed a 2nd place finish in the Boulevard Casino Stakes, this filly looks strong for this race. Her two main competitors on paper are Hey Didjanotis and Elusive Lily. Architecture has beaten Hey Didjanotis in both the Boulevard Casino and the British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes, but both times Hey Didjanotis was hot on her trail. Given a good trip, Hey Didjanotis will be alongside Architecture for the final stretch. Elusive Lily is 7/2on the morning line and has yet to break maiden. In her last race, she ran a close second at Hastings on August 10th. Her 5 furlong bullet work on August 16th at Hastings is worth noting at 59.3. My value play in this race would have to be Quiet Finality. Quiet Finality is at 8 to 1 on the morning line and is sure to be overlooked by the public. She ran 6th in the British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes in her last outing, but has been working hard towards this race since. She caught a 1 of 14 bullet at Hastings on August 17th with a :46 work over 4 furlongs. She is also picking up Aaron Gryder as her jockey and I feel she’ll be making a big run on Friday.

CTHS Sales Stakes (colts & geldings)

AndallthatitmeansThe $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes for colts and geldings will be the 4th race on the card at Hastings Friday and is set to see a field of 5 travel 6 ½ furlongs. The 6/5 morning line favorite is Andallthatitmeans. Andallthatitmeans caught a huge victory in the B C Cup Nursery Stakes on August 5th, winning by 10 lengths. There is no doubt that Andallthatitmeans will be the horse to beat here. He will be the only one carrying 120lbs, though, and this might help us find a better value horse within this field.  The horse with the most stakes experience is Shingen Sky. He ran 3rd in the New Westminster Stakes and 4th in the British Columbia Cup Nursery Stakes. With 2 stakes outings under his belt and jockey Aaron Gryder receiving the mount, Shingen Sky has a good chance here. My next choice for value would be Grove Trotter. Grove Trotter ran 5th in the New Westminster and followed that race up with his first win in a Maiden Optional Claiming 30,000 on July 28th. Another Patty Leaney horse like Shingen Sky, Grove Trotter will have jockey Richard Hamel in the irons. Grove Trotter will more than likely fight Andallthatitmeans for the lead, creating a speed duel. Should this happen and the duel causes Andallthatitmeans to tire, Shingen Sky’s late running style will give him the advantage and hopefully the win.




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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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