HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Saratoga Special & Adirondack

Adirondack & Saratoga Special

NBC Sports to televise the Adirondack and Saratoga SpecialThe 2 major events in the two year old field today are the Saratoga Special and the Adirondack at Saratoga. There are also 3 other two year old stakes for today that were covered in another blog post. You can catch our full write-up on the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa, the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth and the Vandal Stakes at Woodbine here. For this article we will be focused on Saratoga, though. For those of you with access to NBC Sports, both races will be televised today as well. For times, click the NBC logo and be sure to tune in! Any chance to watch our beloved sport on National television is not only an honor, but a boost for horse racing in general. Now, let’s take a look at we we’ve got in these two great races.

Adirondack Stakes

Fiftyshadesofgold to run in AdirondackThe $200,000 Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes will feature a field of 7 fillies going 6 ½ furlongs and is the 9th race on the card for Saratoga today. The 7/5 morning line favorite (and one of my personal favorite 2 year olds right now) is Fiftyshadesofgold. This is one phenomenal filly in my opinion and although it may be a bit too early to say, I think Fiftyshadesofgold has a huge career in front of her. Needless to say, she is definitely the horse to beat in the Adirondack. She broke her maiden at Lone Star in a straight maiden 20k and won by 10 lengths, handily. In her second outing, she swept the Debutante at Churchill Downs in June, drawing off by 8 lengths. She has a great trainer in Bret Calhoun and an outstanding jockey with Corey Lanerie. Her works have been insanely good all along the way, and nothing says this more than her 4 furlong work at Saratoga on August 4th. The best of 69 horses, Fiftyshadesofgold breezed a 46 and 1! I could go on and on here, but I think you get my point. Thank You MarylouThis filly is a beast! But… you know I have to try and find something that could give her trouble. Thank You Marylou is coming off of a solid win in the Tippett at Colonial and looked good doing it. She has some very nice works and it’s always wise to pay attention to any Ken and Sarah Ramsey horse. This filly can stalk the pace well and that will be needed here should one of the front runners contest Fiftyshadesofgold for the early lead and happen to tire her out. There are several horses here who could contest Fiftyshadesofgold for that front spot, but one with the best chance is Who’s in Town. This filly’s times are comparable to the favorite and having Joel Rosario in the irons never hurts, either. My value play in this one would have to be Hop the Six. Coming off of an impressive win the White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park, Hop the Six should definitely run in the money here. She likes the early lead, but if jockey Edgar Prado can hold her back and stalk the pace, she may have a really good shot here.

The Saratoga Special

CorfuFollowing the Adirondack is the $200,000 Grade 2 Saratoga Special where a field of 7 will trek 6 ½ furlongs. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Corfu. Corfu broke his maiden on July 25th at Saratoga, winning by ½ of a length in a straight maiden 80k. He is showing some great works and with jockey John Velazquez in the irons and trainer Todd Pletcher by his side, Corfu is hard to overlook. My only concern with this horse is that he had to fight hard for that one win and it was only 5 furlongs. Today he’ll be going 6 ½ and that could mean trouble for the young colt. Of course, Pletcher has another entry here with Danza. Danza won his maiden race in a straight maiden 70k at Belmont, gaining ground over 5 ½ furlongs and pulling away by ¾ of a length for the victory. I believe Danza would be a better bet over Corfu, but we’ll have to see. My first instinct was to go with Wired Bryan here as the only graded stakes winner having won the Sanford at Saratoga by 5 ¼ lengths, but I believe the betting public will be all over him. Wired BryanI may be wrong about that and if I am, I’ll more than likely play him. My value play would have to be Twang. Twang won his maiden race by 3 ¼ lengths at Saratoga in a straight maiden 80k. His finish time of 1:10 and 4 is faster than Wired Bryan’s time in the Sanford and he was ridden out. Joel Rosario picks up the mount, which is always a plus. I look for Twang to pull off an upset here with a decent pay-off. For a longshot to consider, I’m going with Ogermeister at morning line 12 to 1. He’s had ample time to prep for this race since his June 18th bounce at Ascot. Prior to that, he won his maiden race at Belmont in a time that is comparable to Corfu and drew off to win it by 6 lengths. I look for this horse to hit the board and will be placing a little “just in case” money on him.

That’s it for now, folks! Enjoy this great day of racing and good luck to all!




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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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