HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Mountaineer

2 Year Olds at Mountaineer

Conquest TsunamiThis Saturday we have 2 two year old stakes races up for your consideration. Although we didn’t cover last weekend’s 2 year old races, here are the results from those races. At Ruidoso in the Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity, favorite Lux won by a dominating 7 lengths. On Sunday at Ruidoso, the Rio Grande Senior Futurity was cancelled due to the weather. In the Colin Stakes at Woodbine, Conquest Tsunami dominated the short 3 horse field and won by 6 ¾ lengths. At Northlands, Blue Dancer won the Edmonton Juvenile by 1 length and Macho Babe won the Princess Margaret Stakes by 1 ½ lengths.  Heat Transfer won the Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown by ½ of a length. At Emerald Downs on Sunday, Ethan’s Baby dominated the Angie C Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths. Last weekend’s 2 year old races were plagued with favorites on the win, so let’s see if we can spot some overdue value in this weekend’s races.

Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes

TapitsphereThe $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes is the 1st race on the card at Mountaineer on Saturday and will feature 10 two year olds traveling six furlongs. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Creaky Cricket. Creaky Cricket disappointed in his last outing in the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine, running 4th in the 5 horse field. But in his career opener, he won at Arlington in a straight maiden 36k by 11 lengths in a 4 ½ furlong event. Close on his hooves on the morning line is Gotta Get Paid at 3 to 1. Gotta Get Paid won his last outing at Indiana in 5 furlong gate-to-wire trip and a 2 ¾ length victory over the 7 horse field. For a slight touch of value, I like Tapitsphere at 7/2 on the ML. This race is full of early speed, giving Tapitsphere a bit of an edge with his stalking style. He won his career opener at Churchill Downs back in June under the guidance of Rosie Napravnik who will be in the irons here. He made a sharp surge from stretch to finish, winning by a head in that race. For a longshot play to consider, I like Hashtag Bourbon at 10 to 1 on the morning line. Coming from the clouds, Hashtag Bourbon got up for 3rd in his career debut and showed a powerful closing kick that should help him in this race.

Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes

A.P.'s GloryThe $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes is the 4th race on the card for West Virginia Derby Day at Mountaineer and will showcase 12 two year old fillies traveling 6 furlongs. The 6/5 morning line favorite is A.P.’s Glory. A.P.’s Glory recently won her career debut at Arlington by 7 ½ lengths in a 5 ½ furlong event. She’ll receive the services of Corey Nakatani in this race. There is no doubt that she is the one to beat here. She loves the front end, so to beat her we have to hope for a filly that can make a late charge. For value, I give the nod to Rachel’s Ready at 5 to 1 on the ML. She disappointed in her last outing, running 5th in the Debutante at Churchill, but showed some real promise in her maiden win. For a longshot, I like Callisto at 15 to 1 on the morning line. She won her career debut at Presque Isle Downs in a late run, winning by 3 ¾ lengths drawing off. She’ll also be receiving first time Lasix here, which should improve her chances. 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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