HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch August 24-25th

This Weekend’s 2 Year Old Stakes

In this edition of HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes watch we’ll be looking at 3 different races for Saturday and Sunday. In case you missed it, be sure to check out the special post covering the Juvenile Showcase Day at Calder. We have a complete line-up of the stakes races there as well as our selections for the 10 cent Pick 6. In this post, we will be covering the Bird of Pay Stakes and Birdcatcher Stakes at Northlands on Saturday, as well as the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes at Emerald on Sunday. All three races are $50,000 stakes set to run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Birdcatcher Stakes

Rico WalcottThe $50,000 Birdcatcher Stakes is the 6th race on the card at Northlands on Saturday and is set for 2 year old colts and geldings traveling 6 1/2 furlongs. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Mr Know It All. Mr Know It All is coming out of a 3 3/4 lengths win in his career opener at Northlands. He is sporting a few bullet works and has an outstanding jockey/trainer combo in jockey Rico Walcott and trainer Greg Tracy. He showed some true speed in his maiden win and will be tough to handle in the Birdcatcher. His main competition will be Legend Fortynine who recently pulled out an 11 length win in the Two Year Old Sales Stakes at Northlands. These two will definitely be battling one another  for the early lead and they appear to be evenly matched. I believe that will open up a great opportunity for Wild Legend to stalk from mid-pack and swoop in at the end for an upset. Although he hasn’t broke maiden yet, he certainly has the speed and as long as he gets a good trip with no problems, I could see him winning this one.

Bird of Pay Stakes

Amie PooliIn race 7 at Northlands on Saturday is the $50,000 Bird of Pay Stakes. The Bird of Pay Stakes is for 2 year old fillies and is set at 6 1/2 furlongs. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Honey Candy who won the $50,000 Filly Sale at Northlands on August 10th by 6 3/4 lengths. Honey Candy looks set to run big here in the Bird of Pay and will be tough to beat with jockey Amie Pooli in the irons and trainer Robertino Diodoro as trainer. Pay to Go Home will be a top contender here. Pay to Go Home was second best in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Northlands. I look for her to have a good run in this race and give Honey candy a little competition. My value play here is Chattering Nikita. She ran 3rd behind Pay to Go Home in the Princess Margaret Stakes, fading in the final stretch. Her workouts are solid and indicate that she is improving and should be fit for the Bird of Pay. At a morning line of 8 to 1, I believe she will be overlooked by the betting public and will come in at a very nice price.

Barbara Shinpoch Stakes

Chu and You Winning Angie StakesOn Sunday August 25th, the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes will be the 9th race on the card for Emerald Downs. This field of 7 fillies will go 6 1/2 furlongs. Chu and You will be the filly to beat in this one. Fresh from her 4 3/4 length victory in the Angie Stakes at Emerald on August 4th, Chu and You is ready for the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes. Juan Gutierrez is back in the irons for this one. Strawberry Dawn was second in the Angie Stakes behind Chu and You. She is showing signs of improvement in her works and I believe she has a real shot here if Chu and You gets caught up in a speed duel with Charismata. Like Chu and You, Charismata likes to be in the front as she showed in her maiden win at Emerald on August 11th. But for my value play, I’m going with See My Tail Lites again. I had See My Tail Lites picked for value in the Angie Stakes, but she ran 4th in that race. I still believe she stands a good chance of bringing in an upset and I look for this filly to light up the board come Sunday.



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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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