HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch-September 11th

2 Year Old Stakes Watch at Barretts

Chu and You Wednesday, September 11th of 2013, we have one 2 year old stakes race to cover. Before we get started with that race, let’s recap the action from Sunday, September 8th. In the Sadie Diamond Futurity at Hastings, favorite Arabella’s Muse won by 5 ½ lengths over Architecture. Following that race at Hastings was the Jack Diamond Futurity where Andallthatitmeans edged out Neverabettercause by a nose. At Emerald Downs, Noosito stuck a neck out in front of Del Rio Harbor to win the Dennis Dodge. Following that race was the Northwest Farms Stakes at Emerald. In sheer dominance, Chu and You continued her flawless career by beating out Sunpenny by 7 lengths. Finally in the Mark McDermott Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, HHR’s longshot play Chippewawhitechief came from behind and reeled in a 1 ¾ length victory over Shiny Finish. Chipewawhitechief paid $34.80 for the win and $14.60 for the place! Now let’s take a look at the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at  Barretts.

C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes

BarrettsThe $50,000 C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes is the 9th race on the card at Barretts on Wednesday and will host a field of 5 traveling 7 furlongs. The clear morning line favorite at even money is Echo Zulu. In this short field Ech Zulu is the top money earner at $35,900 with 1 win, 2 places and one show. Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Martin Pedroza, Echo Zulu will be the horse to beat here. Next at morning line odds of 3 to 1 is Roundupthelute. This Bob Baffert trained horse could be a rival for Echo Zulu, but has only been entered in one race and ran a disappointing 7th. The 2 year old son of Midnight Lute is showing some decent works and will have Martin Garcia in the irons. Betting McCann Can will have to be my value play here at 7/2 on the morning line. Although he flat lined in the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, I feel he will make a much better run in the Afflerbaugh and is in a field he can compete with. Edwin Maldonado will get the mount and Betting McCann Can will have the blinkers on. If you are looking for a longshot here, the choices have been narrowed down to Brighton Star and Mr Wild Kitty. I believe that Echo Zulu is going to be tough to beat, no matter who you choose, but I don’t think he will be as tough as the ML indicates. If you are looking for a nice payout and are not afraid of the risk, I believe putting a little “just-in-case-money” on any of these horses is not a bad idea. Keying him for second in the exacta with “all” for first may be the safest bet with the best possible return. Otherwise, I would skip the race entirely! Check back with us Friday for the next 2 year old stakes race action!




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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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