HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Cup & Saucer

Cup & Saucer Stakes at Woodbine

It's a BangOn Sunday October 20th we have the 2013 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine to handicap in our 2 year old stakes watch, but before we delve into that, let’s take a look at the results of the 10 two year old stakes races we had on Saturday. At Laurel it was Maryland Million Day and got started with the Maryland Million Nursery Stakes. As I thought, Joint Custody and It’s a Bang battled it out from gate to wire and It’s a Bang won the fight paying $6.00 for the win. In the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes, favorite Jonesin for Jerry won by 5 ½ lengths. In the Joseph A Gimma Stakes at Belmont, Miss Narcissist ran away with it and upset the field by 5 ¼ lengths, paying $12.20 for the win. Following that race was the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes where favorite Wired Bryan nailed it with a 3 length victory. At Indiana Downs in the Indiana Futurity Stakes, Bisque won by a head over Salute the Music, while in the Miss Indiana Stakes Elegant Model won by 2 ¼ lengths.  At Turf Paradise Lazy Daisy May won the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths in the fillies division and longshot I Rock the Party won the male division by a nose and paid $70.20 for the win. Finally at Charles Town, Amherst Street captured the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial while longshot Henny’s Princess took the Triple Crown Nutrition Stakes and paid $29.60 for the win. Now let’s take a look at the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.

Cup & Saucer Stakes

MatadorThe $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes is the 6th race on the card at Woodbine on Sunday and will feature a field of 14 two year olds foaled in Canada. This field will travel 1 1/16 mile over the turf. The morning line favorite is Matador at 3 to 1. Ironically, Matador has yet to break maiden in 2 career starts, running 4th in the Vandal and 3rd in the Grade 2 TVG Summer Stakes. But those 2 outings in tough competition are thought by many to give him the edge here. His works are okay and he may be a contender here, but I’m not so sure. After all, Go Bro who is 4 to 1 on the ML did beat him in the Summer Stakes running 2nd. Cool FaithThe value play here is Cool Faith at 8 to 1 on the morning line. She won her career opener in a straight maiden 67k by 1 length in a mile event on the turf at Woodbine. I could see this little filly taking the early lead and never looking back. I feel she could easily get the distance and seems to like the turf, so unless someone goes with her, she should set the pace and win this one. My other value play in this one would have to be Lulu Le’ Mon at 6 to 1. He won his last outing at this distance on turf at Laurel by 5 lengths. Granted, his competition was a step down from what he’ll be facing in this race, but I feel he will be in the money at least. For a longshot, I’m sticking with Man o’ Bear at 12 to 1. I’ve backed this colt before and he has made it into the money on both occasions, running 3rd in both the Simcoe and the Vandal. He has been this distance and won, but this is his first try on the turf, so we’ll have to see. Good luck guys and be sure to check back with us during the week for more racing action!





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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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