HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- December 14th

Saturday’s 2 Year Old Stakes

Jose Sea ViewThis Saturday we have 5 two year old stakes races up for consideration including the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood, the Ontario Lassie Stakes at Woodbine, the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity at Hawthorne and the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie and Juvenile Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The CashCall Futurity is covered in a separate article here- 2013 Cashcall Futurity. Before we jump into these races let’s recap last Sunday’s Display Stakes at Woodbine. In a thrilling finish, Jose Sea View won by a neck over a relentless Coltimus Prime and paid $7.20 for the win. Now let’s take a look at Saturday’s 2 year old stakes races.

LA Champions Day Lassie Stakes

All WomanThe $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes is the 4th race on the card at Fair Grounds on Saturday and will feature a field of 6 Louisiana bred 2 year old fillies traveling 6 furlongs. The 7/5 morning line favorite is All Woman with Rosie Napravnik onboard. All Woman recently won the Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs by 2 ½ lengths. This filly will be the one to beat here. For value I’m going with the 2nd place finisher in the Louisiana Jewel, Glamoride at 4 to 1 on the ML. There looks like a lot of front running speed in this one and Glamoride’s late runs could help her here. More than likely All Woman will run away with this one (contested on the front end or not), but if I had to choose a back-up play, I would go with Glamoride.

LA Champions Day Juvenile Stakes

Ide Be CoolThe $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes is the 9th race on the card at the Fair Grounds and will see a field of 9 Louisiana bred colts and geldings set to go 6 furlongs. The 9/5 favorite on the morning line is Ide Be Cool. Ide Be Cool is undefeated in 3 starts and recently won the Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs. Through the 1st and 2nd calls in that race he was on the lead. By the stretch he had been passed and was behind by a head only to dig in, fight back and win it by a neck. This gelding has a lot of heart and I believe he will be able to get it done here and will be tough to beat. Coteau Rouge could be a threat to him at 2 to 1 on the ML. He is undefeated in 2 starts and has the speed to contend with Ide Be Cool. For value/longshot I like Randy Paul at 10 to 1 on the morning line. He has won his last two outings, although in lower class and his speed figures are in line for him to be up in the mix if he will stalk the pace at about mid pack.

Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity

Rambling RichieThe $125,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity at Hawthorne is the 7th race on the card Saturday. This event is for 2 year old colts and geldings traveling 1 1/16 mile and has a field of 9 entries. The morning line favorite is Rambling Richie at 2 to 1. Rambling Richie won the Sun Power at Hawthorne in early November by 2 ½ lengths. Looking to give him trouble here is Solar Flair at 5/2 on the ML who ran 2nd to Rambling Richie in the Sun Power. Solar Flair might have a good shot in this one if he decides to make a late charge like he did in the Sun Power. My only concern is the distance. He tried this route once before in the Bourbon at Keeneland and ran 12th. For a value/longshot play I like Sweep E Prado at 8 to 1 on the morning line. He made a nice come from behind win in his first outing at a decent speed figure and I think that if he can get the distance here, he will have an advantage over the favorites.

Ontario Lassie Stakes

Lexie LouThe $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes is the 4th race on the card at Woodbine on Saturday and will host a field of 6 two year old fillies traveling 1 1/16 mile. The big battle here will be between Lexie Lou and Paladin Bay. In the South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine, Lexie Lou won by 3 lengths over Paladin Bay leading from gate to wire. On paper, it looks as if Lexie Lou may have a repeat performance because none of this field looks like they will contest her for the early lead. At this distance it looks like Paladin Bay needs at least the first two calls to get her charge together. She has beat Lexie Lou at this distance before, though so she may up and surprise us here and should not be counted out. For value (should one or both of these 2 fillies have a bad race) I like Henry’s Island. Henry’s Island could contest Lexie Lou for the front end early, but really needs to stalk for a chance here. For a longshot, I like Splashy Gizmo at 6 to 1 on the morning line. She could very well be the stalker here and come in for a nice upset and decent pay. Good luck everyone!




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