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HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch August 5th

2 Year Old Stakes at Hastings

Alberts HopeAs we start another week here at HHR, the 2 year old stakes races get under way today at Hastings Park. We saw 3 yesterday with the Tyro, Angie C and Best Pal Stakes. Yes I’m Lucky took the win in the Tyro over Run For Logistics. At Emerald, Chu and You pulled away to a 4 3/4 length victory over Strawberry Dawn in the Angie C Stakes. And for the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar we caught a surprising win from Alberts Hope over Celtic Moon.  Today at Hastings we will be looking at the B.C. Cup Nursery Stakes and the B.C. Cup Debutante Stakes. Time to make “hast” and select us some winners!

B.C. Cup Nursery Stakes at Hastings

HastingsThe $50,000 British Columbia Cup Nursery Stakes is for 2 year old BC bred colts and geldings. This field of 8 will battle over 6 1/2 furlongs in race 2. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Deviance and certainly looks to be the best of the field. Ridden by Aaron Gryder and trained by Troy Taylor, Deviance was the winner of the New Westminster Stakes on July 14th. Deviance stalked the pace in that one and edged out a victory by a neck. His workouts look great and he will be ready for this race. 3rd in that race was Shingen Sky who is at 3 to 1 on the morning line here. Shingen Sky put forth a valiant effort in that race, but I think he is the wrong choice for second favorite here. Andallthatmeans is at morning line 4 to 1, but looks better on paper to me. Trained by Anita Bolton and ridden by Scott Williams this 2 year old looks like a stronger contender than Shingen Sky. He has yet to break maiden, but has the times to compete with Deviance. He ran third to Deviance in their first outing and lost by 6 3/4 lengths, but has improved since then and should give us a strong performance today. For a first time starter to consider, I’m looking at Son of Tiago. He is showing some pretty good works and might show us something here. For my value play, I like Abeel. Abeel has not raced at this distance, but his works indicate that he has been training for this race. He is showing some good times and if he can get the distance without tiring, I feel he stands a really good chance.

B.C. Cup Debutante Stakes at Hastings

Hastings RacecourseIn the $50,000 British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes, 2 year old BC bred fillies will go 6 1/2 furlongs in race 4. The 3 to 1 morning line favorite is Architecture and with good reason. This 2 year old filly has yet to break maiden, but she has shown some fine efforts in her only 2 races. In her debut, she ran second behind Deviance in an open company maiden race. In her second outing she placed again in the Boulevard Casino Stakes, pulling up short 1 1/4 length. She has an excellent jockey/trainer combo with jockey Enrique Gonzalez and trainer Dino Condilenios and I expect her to be in the mix at the finish. Lady Strike should be Architecture’s leading rival here at morning line 4 to 1 odds.  Lady Strike has fared well in her last two outings, but has yet to go the 6 1/2 furlongs this race requires. Being half-sister to a couple of 2-year-old stakes winners including Country Kat, Lady Strike should be able to handle going around two turns for the first time if breeding is any indication and I feel she will be a contender. Quiet Finality stands a great chance here, too. This 2 year old filly has yet to break her maiden, but has shown she can get the distance. Her trainer, Patty Leaney does well with her babies and actually won this one last year with Bamboo Dream and with Amadeo Perez on board, I like Quiet Finality’s chances here. For value plays, I like 2 fillies here. First up is Hey Didjanotis. Hey Didjanotis ran 4th in the Boulavard Casino but is sporting some great works and will be running with the blinkers off today. My other value play consideration is Habida. Habida went from running 4th in a $30,000 maiden claimer to 1st in a straight maiden 24k, by 3 1/4 lengths. Today she gets first time Lasix and should be feeling good for a win in the BC Cup Debutante.

That’s all for today, but be sure to check back with us on Wednesday, August 7th for the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. Until then, good luck and good racing!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com 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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