HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- July 6 & 7

Scheduled 2 Year Old Stakes for July 6-7

Not the "My Deer Steaks"This 4th of July weekend we’ll see 5 2 year old stakes races with 4 running on Saturday, July 6th and one on Sunday, July 7th. On Saturday, Colonial will host the $50,000 Jamestown Stakes on the turf and Woodbine will host the $150,000 My Dear Stakes. I see some of you hunters out there licking your lips, but sorry- not that type of deer steak, 😆 . Lone Star is also hosting 2 TTA Sales Futurity races at $100,000 a pop on Saturday. To wrap up, Woodbine will be presenting the $150,000 Clarendon Stakes for 2 year olds. That gives a lot to cover with these young horses, so let’s get started.

Jamestown Stakes at Colonial

Kitten's Joy, Sire of SartoriusThe $50,000 Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs is a 5 ½ furlong race set on the outer turf for Virginia bred/Virginia sired 2 year olds. There are 9 babies starting in this one and since most have never raced before, this race will be wide open. Of the 9 starters, only 3 have ever been in a race before this one and only one of those have won a race, Long On Value, the 9/5 morning line favorite. Long On Value won his first race at Delaware by 1 ¾ lengths. I’m not a huge fan of pointing out the obvious favorite, but Long On Value looks to be the one to watch here. On top of the experience he has above the rest of the field, this gelding will be using Lasix for the first time Saturday and should feel good and ready to roll! The only question here is whether or not he will adjust to the turf. On the flip side of that, Kody With a K has ran on the turf before and it was at Colonial. He ran 3rd in the race, but his experience on this track might give him the added edge needed to top the rest of the field. He has shown several good works coming into the Jamestown Stakes and will have Xavier Perez on board. At a morning line of 6 to 1, Kody With a K could be dangerous in this one. Out of the non-raced horses, I have to consider Gallivanting. This 2 year old gelding has the connections in place for this one with trainer Rodney Jenkins and jockey Richard Monterrey.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Sartorius, sired by Kitten’s Joy. Kitten’s Joy was not only one of racing’s elite turf runners, he has also proven to be an elite turf sire. Sartorius could very well be another chip off the old block as he makes his debut on the turf Saturday.

TTA Futurity Stakes at Lone Star

Clarence ScharbauerThe first Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity Stakes we will focus on is race 3 on the card for Saturday and features 2 year old colts and geldings. This $100,000 stakes race is set to go 5 furlongs at Lone star Park in Grande Prairie, Texas. There are six in this field including a coupled entry by owner Danny Keene with Yes It’s a Fact and Time Iz Flyin, the morning line favorites at 4 to 5. Time Iz Flyin looks like the power horse of the two having dominated his last race by 12 lengths in his maiden race. That 12 length win is even more impressive by the fact that jockey Lindey Wade geared the gelding down by the end of the race. Wade will be on board again Saturday and Time Iz Flyin may just fly on by in this one and never look back. Looking to give him a battle on the front end for the lead will be morning line 8 to 5 horse, Circustown Flyer with jockey, M. C. Berry on board. Notably, Berry has been on half of this field but has opted to ride Circustown Flyer Saturday. This gelding won his maiden by 6 ¼ lengths with Berry at the wheel and will be a serious contender in this one. The value play here in my opinion will be Clarence Scharbauer Jr’s Check Ride. After seeing what he and trainer Bret Calhoun had in Fiftyshadesofgold two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, I’ve become a fan of this owner/trainer combo. Check Ride was ridden out in his maiden race by a 5 ½ length deficit and is showing that same kind of magic Fiftyshadesofgold has. With 12 to 1 morning line odds, Check Ride should pay well if he can surpass Time Iz Flyin and Circustown Flyer.

The second TTA Futurity Stakes at Lone Star will be the 9th race on the card and will cater to the 2 year old fillies. This $100,000 stakes race is set to go at 5 furlongs and features a field of 11. The even money morning line favorite is Closing Report and will be ridden by Berry. She won her maiden at Lone Star by 4 ½ lengths in a field of 9 that included competitor Winehouse, who ran 5th in that race June 9th. Closing Report earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 70 in that race which has boosted her to the strong favorite position in this one. She didn’t show anything too impressive in her latest workout, but her work for June 2nd was outstanding as she earned the bullet for a 46.2 out of 46 horses at Lone Star. Closing Report will be a tough one to best in this one. Trainer Bret Calhoun had this to say about the filly-

“We had been high on her well before her first race, and she did what we expected. She’s a beautifully-made filly. She’s got good size, and she’s very athletic.”

Bret CalhounFor a value play here, I like Scooter’s Choice, another Calhoun trained filly. Scooter’s Choice ran second in her last outing, but it was at Churchill Downs where competition is a bit stiffer. That race was also with a higher class than the ones Closing Report had been up against in her win at Lone Star. Scooter’s Choice was also bumped at the start of the race which could have thrown her off a bit. I look for her to fight Closing Report for the lead and if any horse could give the favorite a run, Scooter’s Choice could be the one. All things considered, the longshot play in this one will be the 30 to 1 Retained Asset. With a strong late rally in her last race, Retained Asset won by 1 ¾ lengths in a field of ten. With Scooter’s Choice and Closing Report fighting for the early speed position, Retained Asset will make a move towards the end of the race and pull off a big upset and an even bigger pay as I believe the public will ignore this horse.

My Dear Stakes at Woodbine

Mark Casse Aimed at My Dear StakesThe $150,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine is the 8th race on the card for Saturday and is a 5 furlong race for 2 year old fillies. Featuring a field of 8, the My Dear Stakes will be the first start for 3 of its entries and the second race for 4 of them.  G P Ricky is the only filly that has been in 2 races in her racing career, placing 2nd in both races. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Sky America who won her first outing by 3 lengths coming off of the pace at Keeneland. Ridden by Gary Boulanger and trained by Mark Casse, the daughter of Sky Mesa will be tough to beat. Mark Casse has also entered first time starter, Spring Likeacobra, who might be a threat with 3 to 1 morning line odds. Another notable play in the My Dear Stakes could be Alovelybunch. This 2 year old filly won her debut at Woodbine on June 22nd by 2 ½ lengths, passing up G P Ricky who was up for the place. For a longshot play, I like first time starter Ginny Bell. She will start her racing career in the My Dear Stakes with the blinkers on and has a few solid workouts that show she could have the potential here.

Clarendon Stakes at Woodbine

Bold 'N GoldenOur last 2 year old stakes for this weekend will be the $150,000 Clarendon Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. The 3rd race on Sunday, the Clarendon Stakes will feature a field of 7 Ontario bred 2 year olds to run 5 ½ furlongs. The 6/5 morning line favorite is Go Greeley. This 2 year old gelding won his last outing by 3 ¾ lengths at Woodbine back on May 19th. Although he hasn’t raced since May, Go Greely has put up some nice works as of late and looks to be ready for the Clarendon. Backed by the strong works and nice jockey/trainer combo of Eurico Da Silva and John Ross, Go Greely will be a contender. Bold ‘n Golden is also fit for this race after a nice 3rd place finish in the Victoria Stakes two weeks ago. This horse loves to make that late run and I believe that if his timing is right, he will do well in the Clarendon. In the Victoria Stakes he made a huge rally for last to come up and capture third and seemed to be moving well. He was stuck out six wide when he made his run and if he can get a better trip in the Clarendon, I feel he will be the real horse to beat. Check out his run in the video below-

Another late runner that I like in the Clarendon is Grom at 6 to 1 . He won his 2nd race on June 16th by ½ a length at Woodbine. He beat Spin the King in that one who is listed at 4 to 1 morning line odds in the Clarendon.

Tell us who you like in this weekend’s 2 year old stakes!




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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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3 Responses to “HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- July 6 & 7”

  1. Hi, Let’s make that Woodbine wager a $4 exacta box with GROM/GO GREELEY/BOLD N GOLDEN…but it seems too easy

  2. Mike Lane Jr says:

    That’s exactly what I had in mind, Steven. I’m really pulling for Bold ‘n Golden & Go Greeley, but if Grom could knock Go Greeley out of there that exacta should pay nicely!

  3. Looks like Spin the King pulled off a nice one! Sorry about Grom and Bold ‘n Golden, guys.

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