HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Schuylerville & CTBA

Last Weekend’s Results

W V JetsetterBefore we get started on Friday’s 2 year old picks, let’s see how we did last weekend. For starters, I completely bombed at Gulfstream (must have been racing karma for almost nailing the Pick 4 at Arlington, but such is the life of the handicapper.) In the Birdonthewire, mega-longshot Sing Praises dominated the field with a 5 ½ length romp and paid $43.80 for the win. Kulak ran second and created a $461.60 exacta! My picks? Nowhere to be found, buried off in the middle of that field, lol. In the Cassidy, Coco’s Wildcat pulled off the 5 ¾ lengths victory and paid $10.40 for the win. Again, my selections bombed running 4th and 5th. I was redeemed at Arapahoe in the CTBA Lassie Stakes when my longshot play, Crazy Cora won it by 4 ½ lengths and paid $14.20 for the win (despite the fact that my value play run dead last, lol). SeffearaAt Lone Star in the TTA Sales Futurity for the girls, favorite Vivian Da Bling cruised home in a 6 ¼ length victory, while in the boys division, W V Jetsetter pulled off a 1 ½ length victory. Unfortunately in that race, I had the trainer right… just not the horse. W V Jetsetter paid $18.40 for that win. As you may have noticed, things got a little off-kilter for me last weekend. I totally missed getting you any info on the Clarendon at Woodbine Saturday where favorite Seffeara won after leading to the stretch, dropping back to 2nd by ½ of a length and finding the extra kick to get the win at the finish! It was a very exciting race and one of the best 2 year old finishes I have seen so far.

Story to TellBut my blunders didn’t end there. I had so much going on this weekend that I missed quite a few 2 year old races Sunday. For that, I truly apologize and can only say that sometimes when my plate gets that full, I have to step away from the table for a moment. Will it ever happen again? More than likely, I won’t lie! But I will try to do a better job going forward. In the Shady Well at Woodbine, Starless Night pulled off a 2 ½ length win and paid $6.40. In the Rockville Centre Stakes at Belmont, Bustin It knocked down a 7 length romp and paid $4.10 for the win. Belterra had a 2 year old stakes with the Hoover, and Flip Daddy won that one by 2 lengths and paid $9.40 for the win. Los Alamitos had a pair of 2 year old stakes with the W L Proctor Memorial and the Cinderella Stakes. Story to Tell won the Proctor by 1 ¼ lengths and paid $5.20 for the win while La Grange took a 2 ¾ length victory in the Cinderella and paid $10.60.  That should get us caught up! Whew!

Schuylerville at Saratoga

EvrybdymstgetstonzThe $150,000 Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes is the 3rd race on the card Friday at Saratoga and will feature 5 two year old fillies traveling 6 furlongs. The 3/5 morning line favorite is Fashion Alert. Fashion Alert won the Astoria Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 4 ¾ lengths. Her speed figure for that race topples the rest of this field and she will be the one to beat. You could pretty much throw a dart at any of the other selections here and hope for some value, but unless it took a lot out of her, Fashion Alert should win this race. That being said, I like Evrybdymstgetstonz at 12/1 on the ML. Despite the fact that whoever named her was probably stoned when they submitted her name,  Evrybdymstgetstonz looks unchallenged to me and her speed figure for her only outing could be a bit deceptive. She had a little hand urging in that race, but won by 6 lengths and should show much more speed in this one.

CTBA Stakes at Del Mar

HorseRacingatDelMarThe $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes (CTBA) is the 7th race on the card Friday at Del Mar and will host a field of 8 two year old fillies traveling 5 ½ furlongs. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Lost Bus. Lost Bus won her first and only outing in a straight maiden 56k at Santa Anita back in May. She won that race by 6 ¼ lengths in gate-to-wire fashion with Victor Espinoza onboard. Espinoza is back in the irons for this race. Close on her tail in the morning line is Singing Kitty at 3 to 1. Singing Kitty won her debut in late June by 4 ¼ lengths. I like that she come off of the pace for that win and that running style should help her here. But for value, I like My Fiona at 7/2 on the ML. My Fiona captured 3rd place in a late run in the Landaluce Stakes and I look for her to improve here. But my big long shot play in this one is Robo Girl at 20 to 1. She bounced hard in the Landaluce, there’s no mistake about that! But in her first outing, she earned some serious respect for a 4 ½ length victory back in April at Santa Anita. I believe she’ll be ready to redeem herself in this one and pay a nice price. 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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