HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Governor’s Cup

Governor’s Cup at Zia Park

Can the ManToday, October 15th, 2013 we have the $55,000 Governor’s Cup at Zia Park in our 2 year old stakes watch. Before we get into the Governor’s Cup, let me apologize for missing several 2 year old stakes that got past me on Monday! Here are the results for those races just the same. In the Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine Flashy Margarita held off Spin the King by one length. At Santa Anita in the Speakeasy Stakes, Can the Man won by 1 ¾ lengths. Hastings saw two stakes races for 2 year olds. In the Fantasy Stakes, Architecture won out over Fire Beauty by 1 ¾ lengths and in the Ascot Graduation Stakes, Neverabettercause outshined the field by 3 ½ lengths. I’m not sure how I let these races sneak up on me without getting you guys my thoughts on them, but I will say I’m glad that I missed them! Other than Architecture, I feel I would have missed the mark in yesterday’s races. Let’s take a look at the Governor’s Cup at Zia and spot us a winner.

Governor’s Cup Stakes

Cloud HarborThe $55,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes is the 10th race on the card at Zia today and will host a field of 6 two year olds set to travel 6 furlongs. The 2 to 1 morning line favorite is Cloud Harbor. Cloud Harbor bounced in his last outing running 6th in the Kip Deville at Remington, but had 2 wins prior to that race including a 1 length victory in the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe. His works are sharp and he looks good going into this one. Looking to give him trouble at 3 to 1 on the ML is Alsono. I like Alsono for this field because he has some experience running at Churchill and Keeneland. He ran 3rd and 4th at Keeneland and two 2nd place finishes at Churchill (one of which he only missed by a neck!). He topped that off with a 2 length victory at Zia recently and will be tough to beat here in my opinion. For my value/longshot I have to go with Arnie at 9/2 on the morning line. Arnie ran 6th in the CTBA Futurity at Arapahoe, but I think he will show a better effort in this race. He’s sporting a :46 and 1 bullet work on October 9th at Zia where he was 1st out of 40 and has the potential speed to upset this field. Good luck and check back with us on Friday for more 2 year old stakes 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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