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Display Stakes at Woodbine

StreamingOn Sunday, December 8th we have the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine. Before we handicap that race, let’s take a look at Saturday’s results. In the Kudzu Stakes at Fair grounds, favorite Strike for Gold won by ½ of a length. In the Sandpiper at Tampa Bay Downs, My Sweet Dove won by ½ of a length and paid $13.00 for the win. Following that race was the Inaugural where favorite Cool Cowboy won by 3 ½ lengths. The Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields witnessed favorite Exit Stage Left win by a length over our longshot play, Argyle Cut. The Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel saw favorite Mamdooha win by 4 ½ lengths and in the Marylander our value play, Joint Custody won by 1 ¾ lengths over the favorite, Jessethemarine and paid $7.80 for the win. Lakotadreamcatcher pulled in a big win in Hawthorne’s Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Stakes, winning by 1/2of a length and paying $30.80 for the win. At Woodbine in the Kingarvie Stakes, Spadina Road won by ¾ of a length over Asserting Bear and paid $10.10 for the win. Finally, in the Hollywood Starlet, longshot Streaming pulled off a big upset, winning by 1 ½ lengths over Tastes Like Candy and paying $23.60 for the win. Now let’s take a look at Sunday’s Display Stakes at Woodbine.

Woodbine’s Display Stakes

Ami's HolidayThe $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine is the 8th race on the card Sunday and will feature a field of 7 two year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The 7/5 favorite on the morning line is Ami’s Holiday. After running 5th in the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine, Ami’s Holiday was placed 7th through a disqualification. Prior to that race he had won the Grade 3 Grey at Woodbine by ½ of a length. I like Ami’s Holiday, but I’m just not sure about this 2 year old since that Coronation performance. Following him on the ML is Jose Sea View at 5/2. He had a disappointing performance in the Grade 2 Nashua running 5th but had 2 solid runs prior to that. His works are great and he could be a real threat in this event. There are a few here that will be seeking that front-end lead, so for value I like Man Cave at 10 to 1 on the morning line. Man Cave has won his last two outings in stalking fashion and should do well here if he keeps to the same running style. My other longshot/value play is Bear’s Cowboy at 12 to 1 on the ML. He also likes to stalk and like Man Cave, he has the speed to be up in the mix in this one. 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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