HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Coronation Futurity

Coronation Futurity at Woodbine

JessethemarineThis Sunday, November 17th, 2013, we have the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine. Before we handicap that race, let’s recap the results of Saturday’s 2 year old stakes. In the Excellent Luck Stakes at Calder, favorite Elusive Blueboy won by 2 ¾ lengths over our longshot play, Tapicero. Following that race was the Cut the Charm Stakes where Flutterby scored an impressive 1 length victory and paid $38.60 for the win. Arethusa upset the field in the Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood with an 8 ¼ length victory that paid $23.00 for the win. In the Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel, our value play Bacopa Breeze won by ¾ of a length over favorites Co Cola and Who’s in Town. Bacopa Breeze paid $15.60 for the win and the trifecta with these 3 horses paid $89.20. Finally in the James F Lewis III Stakes at Laurel, Jessethemarine pulled off a huge surprise victory by a neck over Pure Sensation and paid a fat $73.80 for the win! Now let’s look at the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

Woodbine’s Coronation Futurity

Asserting Bear Beats Tropic of Artie in Maiden SprintThe $250,000 Coronation Futurity is the 8th race on the card at Woodbine on Sunday and will feature a field of 7 Canadian foaled 2 year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. The even money morning line favorite is Ami’s Holiday. Ami’s Holiday recently won the Grade 3 Grey at Woodbine on October 6th by a ½ length and is undefeated in 2 starts. Looking to give him some competition is Matador at 5/2 on the ML. Matador won the Cup & Saucer Stakes at Woodbine in late October by a nose and has the speed figures to contest Ami’s Holiday. For value, I like Asserting Bear at 8 to 1 on the morning line. Asserting Bear was 3rd in the Cup & Saucer, but was coming strong and missed it by ¾ of a length. His speed figures have gradually improved in each of his 4 outings and I believe he will hit the stride here as well. For a longshot, I’m giving Man o’ Bear another shot. I’ve touted this colt in the past and I still believe we haven’t seen the best of him, yet. I look for him to at least hit the board in this one, if not upset this field.





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