HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City Stakes at Northlands

Kitten KaboodleOn Friday 10-11-2013 we have the Freedom of the City Stakes at Northlands in our 2 year old stakes watch. Before we handicap that race, let’s take a quick look at what happened on Wednesday, October 9th in the JP Morgan Chase Jessamine at Keeneland. Set at 1 1/16 of a mile on the turf, the JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes was a Grade 3 event for 2 year old fillies. Kitten Kaboodle, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, ran away with this one by 4 ¾ lengths. Favorite, Zinzay held on for second place over a late charging Courtesan. Big Blue Kitten paid $9.40 for the win, $5.00 for the place and $3.00 for the show. Now let’s take a look at the Freedom of the City Stakes at Northlands.

Freedom of the City Stakes

HabidaThe $50,000 Freedom of the City Stakes is the 7th race on the card Friday at Northlands and will highlight a field of 6 two year old fillies set to go 1 mile. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Habida. Habida ran 2nd in the BC Cup Debutante Stakes and 3rd in the Sadie Diamond Futurity at Hastings. Her best race was when she broke maiden in a straight maiden 24k at Hastings, but that was at 3 ½ furlongs. I look for Habida to try and take the front-end lead early on, but will have to battle it out with several here for that spot and that will be a problem for her. My choice is the 2 to 1 on the morning line filly, Bet On Soup. Bet On Soup recently won the Sturgeon River Stakes at Northlands by 1 ¼ lengths. She likes to stalk the pace and it will serve her well here. She also has the speed to stalk Habida and should have no problem winning this one. For a value/longshot play I like Rosavita. Although her speed figures are not quite up to par with Habida and Bet On Soup, she does like to make the late charge and should at least get in the money here. Good luck to all and check back with us Saturday for 2 year old stakes action!




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