HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Hollywood Prevue

Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue

Flashy MargarittaSunday, November 10th, 2013 we have the $100,000 Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in our 2 year old stakes watch. Before we jump into the Hollywood Prevue let’s take a look at the results for Friday and Saturday’s 2 year old stakes. On Friday, we had the Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington where Smack Smack pulled in the upset beating Guns Loaded by ½ a length and paid $12.60 for the win. On Saturday in the Sum Power Stakes at Hawthorne, our value play Rambling Richie scored a 2 ½ length victory over Solar Flair. In the Show Time Deb at Hawthorne, Sasy Ms Elizabeth won by 2 lengths over Richies Sweetheart.  In the Moccasin at Hollywood, Bajan outran For Emma by 2 ¼ lengths for the victory. In the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, Exit Stage Left won by a neck over Unusual Americaine. Sky’s Goldmaker pulled off an upset in the La Senorita at Retama, winning by 1 length over Redgrass Cat and paying $10.80 for the win. In the El Joven at Retama, Broadway Missile edged out Perky Kitten by a nose and paid $10.80 for the win. Amherst Street took the Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town over Comeonletsplay by 1 length. Finally at Woodbine in the Frost King Stakes Flashy Margaritta captured the victory by 1 ½ lengths over Spadina Road and paid $5.30 for the win. Now let’s look at the Hollywood Prevue.

Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park

Kobe's BackThe $100,000 Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue is the 3rd race on the card for Sunday and will host a field of 5 two year olds set to battle it out over 7 furlongs. The big contender here is Kobe’s Back who won the Willard L Proctor Memorial by 3 ¼ lengths in June at Hollywood. It was quite an impressive run considering that he came from way back and chewed up the competition from stretch to finish gaining ground, but the layoff concerns me. He has some pretty solid works since then, but I’m just not sold on a horse that has not raced in over 4 months! His connections decided to give him some time off based on his immaturity, but we’ll see if that pays off on Sunday. Shared Belief has a good chance at giving Kobe’s Back a run for it. He recently captured a 7 length victory in his career opener and looks good for this field. My pick would have to be Papa Turf. Papa Turf seems to be the only front-end speed here and should win this wire-to-wire should all go well. He has a dominating speed figure from his recent win at Santa Anita and should repeat that performance here at Hollywood. 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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