HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- November 9th

8 Two Year Old Stakes for 11-9-2013

This Saturday, November 9th, 2013 we have 8 two year old stakes races to look at around the country!  Woodbine is hosting the Frost King Stakes and Hollywood has the Moccasin Stakes. Hawthorne is holding the Sun Power Stakes and the Showtime Deb Stakes while Retama Park is featuring the El Joven and La Senorita. Charles Town is presenting the Tri-State Futurity and finally, Golden Gate Fields will host the Golden Nugget Stakes. That’s a horde of 2 year old action so let’s get started, shall we?

Golden Nugget at Golden Gate

AndallthatitmeansThe $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields is the 7th race on the card and will showcase a field of 7 two year olds set to run 6 furlongs. The top contender here should be Andallthatitmeans. Andallthatitmeans has a second place finish in the CTHS Sales Stakes and first place finishes in the British Columbia Cup Nursery Stakes and the Jack Diamond Futurity, both at Hastings. In his most recent outing he ran 6th in the Ascot Graduation Stakes at Hastings. I See Back looks to be his main competitor and should give Andallthatitmeans a run for it. I See Back won his last outing by a nose at Santa Anita and put up a speed figure that bests Andallthatitmeans. For value I am considering Hobbits Hero. This 2 year old gelding has the speed to run with both of these horses and should finish well here.

La Senorita at Retama

Redgrass Cat Edges Out Thegirlinthatsong in Donnie Wilhite MemorialThe $75,000 La Senorita is the 6th race on the card at Retama Saturday and will feature a field of 8 two year old fillies running a mile over the turf. The 2/1 morning line favorite is Thegirlinthatsong. Thegirlinthatsong recently won the Happy Ticket Stakes at Louisiana Downs by a neck. Prior to that race she made a second place finish in the Donnie Wilhite Memorial Stakes at Louisiana Downs, missing it by a neck. She lost that race to Redgrass Cat who is 3 to 1 on the ML here. Redgrass Cat ran 5th in the Happy Ticket but looks to redeem herself in the La Senorita. These 2 fillies should be the real action in this race and I am leaning towards Redgrass Cat as the victor. She’ll be getting the blinkers on for this one and her running style should suit her well here. For a longshot, I like Suaveberry. Her works look good and I believe she will improve from her last outing and possibly be a threat to Redgrass Cat and Thegirlinthatsong.

El Joven at Retama

Retama ParkThe $75,000 El Joven Stakes is the 8th race at Retama. The El Joven will host a field of 8 two year old colts and geldings traveling 1 mile over the turf. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Perky Kitten. Perky Kitten only has one race to his credit where he ran 4th in a 56k straight maiden at Keeneland. Perky Kitten stands out in this field for several reasons. He is the son of Kitten’s Joy and is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey for starters. His speed looks good and he should do fine her. Broadway Missile will give Perky Kitten a run for it though. Broadway Missile recently won a $30,000 claiming race at Keeneland by ½ a length and looks ready for this one. For value, I’m going with F J Uncle Vic at 6 to 1 on the morning line. I believe his running style will be an advantage in this one and he will be there at the end with a late charge.

Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town

Amherst StreetThe $100,000 Tri-State Futurity will be the 8th race on the card at Charles Town on Saturday and will see a field of 8 two year olds travel 7 furlongs. Amherst Street is the dominate morning line favorite here at 1 to 2. Undefeated in 3 starts, Amherst Street won the Henry Mercer Memorial by 3 ¾ lengths and the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths, both at Charles Town. Unless another horse goes with Amherst Street and contests him for that early lead, this one is all but in the books. If I had to choose a longshot, I would go with Comeonletsplay at 5 to 1 on the morning line. Comeonletsplay ran 2nd in the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes behind Amherst Street and has the only speed figure that is comparable. Should one of the other horses here wear down Amherst Street on the early lead, Comeonletsplay might be able to make a late charge and get up for the win.

Moccasin at Hollywood Park

BajanThe $100,000 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park is the 2nd race on the card Saturday, highlighting a field of 6 two year old fillies going 7 furlongs. The top contender here is Bajan. Bajan is coming out of a 2 ¼ length victory in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita. 2nd in that race was E Equalsmcsquared who is also entered here and should be considered. E Equalsmcsquared has a lot of stakes experience but has yet to win one. These two fillies definitely have the advantage over this field, but I like For Emma as my value play. For Emma recently won her career debut at Santa Anita by 10 lengths and has the speed to capture the front end lead here and never look back. For a possible longshot, I’m considering Lemon de Oro. She’s definitely showing signs of improvement and could possibly upset this field.

Sun Power at Hawthorne

HawthorneThe $100,000 Sun Power Stakes at Hawthorne is race 3 on Saturday and will feature a field of 5 Illinois conceived and/or foaled 2 year old colts and geldings set to race 6 furlongs. The 9/5 morning line favorite is Bad Boy Peter. He is getting a slight edge over rival, Solar Flair who is 2 to 1 on the ML.  Bad boy Peter ran 2nd behind Solar Flair in the Troy Our Boy Stakes in September, but Solar Flair followed that win up with a disappointing 12th place finish in the Grade 3 Bourbon at Keeneland. For value, I like Rambling Richie at 3 to 1 on the morning line. He won his last race at Arlington by 5 ¼ lengths in September. His works since then are solid and I believe he could pull off the win here. Easy Solution could be the longshot play. He is capable of keeping up with this field and his works at Keeneland are impressive for his age.

Showtime Deb at Hawthorne

Hawthorne Race CourseThe $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes is the 7th race of the day at Hawthorne and will see a field of 12 Illinois conceived and/or foaled 2 year old fillies traveling 6 furlongs. The 4 to 1 morning line favorite is Sasy Ms Elizabeth who recently won the All Sold Out Stakes by 5 ½ lengths. For value, I believe that Tangueray Miss will give her a run for it. She won her last outing at Hawthorne in a straight maiden 28k by 4 ½ lengths and I feel she can handle Sasy Ms Elizabeth’s speed in this one. She has shown steady improvement in her racing career and the Showtime Deb should see much of the same. For a longshot, I really like Richies Sweetheart at 12 to 1 on the morning line. She won her last race at Keeneland by 5 ¾ lengths and she looks fit for this race. Her speed figures are lacking, but I believe she will jump up and set the pace here.

Frost King at Woodbine

Spin the KingThe $125,000 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine is the 8th race on the card and will host a field of 10 two year olds traveling 7 furlongs. The 2 to 1 morning line favorite is Flashy Margarita who recently won the Bull Page at Woodbine by 1 length over Spin the King. Spin the King is also entered here at 5/2 on the ML and these two will definitely duel for that early lead. They won’t be the only ones though, so for value/longshots I’m looking for come-from-behinds and stalkers. One option is Total Accounting at 15 to 1 on the ML. He recently won a straight maiden 50k at Woodbine in stalking fashion and certainly has the potential to do the same here. Another possibility is Butilovesyababe. He recently ran 2nd in his career opener coming from way back. He will be receiving first time Lasix here and could very well make that late run for the upset. Good luck everybody!





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