HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- December 21st

Saturday’s 2 Year Old Stakes

Louise FlowerWe’re getting close to the end of the year which means this 2 year old season is quickly coming to a close. This Saturday we have 2 two year old stakes to consider in the Grade 3 Dania Beach at Gulfstream and the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes at Charles Town. Before we get into that, let’s recap the results from last Sunday’s races. In the East View Stakes at Aqueduct, all races were cancelled due to the weather. It’s not certain when this race will be rescheduled but we’ll keep you posted. In the Trapeze Stakes at Remington, La Mejor Fiesta won by 1 ¼ lengths over Really and Truly. As for the Remington Springboard Mile, longshot Louise Flower won by a neck over Noble Cornerstone and paid a whopping $48.00! Now let’s take a look at this Saturday’s two year old stakes.

Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes

Henny's PrincessThe $50,000 Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes is the 8th race on the card at Charles Town on Saturday and will feature 9 two year old fillies set to run 7 furlongs. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Henny’s Princess. In her last outing, Henny’s Princess ran 4th in the Gin Talking at Laurel. This was her first attempt at 7 furlongs and was on a muddy track, so it is uncertain if she can handle this distance. She does have some stakes experience at Charles Town though, including a win in the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic Stakes. For value/longshot play in this one I like Pepper Bay. She has some comparable speed figures and has won at 6 ½ furlongs, gaining much ground. I believe she will be overlooked by the public and ripe for a nice pay-off win.

Dania Beach at Gulfstream

Bon AccordThe Grade 3 $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes is the 9th race on the card at Gulfstream and will host a field of 9 two year olds traveling 1 mile on the turf. The 5/2 favorite is the foreign horse, Pleuven. Plueven has some nice results in his 4 outings including 2 wins, one place and one show. My biggest concern is the lay-off. Plueven has not raced since July! For a touch of value, I’m going with Bon Accord at 3 to 1 on the ML. He ran 3rd in the Grade 3 Bourbon and 4th in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and should perform nicely in this field. For a longshot in this one, I like Request at 8 to 1. Request won his debut race in a one mile event on the turf at Belmont in September and has been training towards this race very well. He has Javier Castellano in the irons and is trained by Pleuven’s trainer, Chad Brown. I look for a big run from this 2 year old at a very nice payout. Good luck everybody!




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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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