HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch-September 8th

2 Year Old Stakes for 9-09-2013

Cleburne Fights Off Smart Cover in Iroquois StakesToday we have 5 two year old stakes races to consider, but before we dive into handicapping that action, let’s recap Saturday’s 2 year old stakes races. At Louisiana Downs on Super Derby Day, Got Shades managed a ¾ of a length victory over Mighty Brown in the Sunday Silence Stakes. In the Happy Ticket, Thegirlinthatsong pulled one out over Bern Legacy in a photo finish, paying $15.20 for the win.  At Arlington Park in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, Solitary Ranger pulled off an upset over Whyruawesome. In the Pocahontas at Churchill, Untapable out finished Stonetastic. The biggest race of the day in the 2 year old arena was the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill. Cleburne made a fantastic run and held off stable mate, Smart Cover in an exciting finish in that race. This marked the first points based race for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, putting both horses off to a nice start. Both horses were impressive, but I really love the way Smart Cover came charging here. Check out the video.

Today we have 2 races to consider at Hastings in the Sadie Diamond Futurity and the Jack Diamond Futurity. At Emerald Downs we have the Northwest Farms Stakes and the Dennis Dodge Stakes. Finally at Presque Isle we have the Mark McDermott Stakes.  Let’s find some winners!

Sadie Diamond Futurity

Architecture Edges Out Elusive Lily in CTHS Sales StakesRace 6 on the card at Hastings today is the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2 year old fillies foaled in Canada. In this field of 8 set to travel 6 ½ furlongs, Arabella’s Muse is the 7/5 morning line favorite. Arabella’s Muse won her career debut in a $30,000 Optional Claiming maiden race by 13 lengths ridden out. She has a strong combo in jockey, Frank Fuentes and trainer, Toni Cloutier. Her works look good and she seems primed for her stakes debut. Looking to give her trouble is Architecture at morning line 3-to-1 odds. Architecture is no stranger to the stakes game, having run 2nd in the Boulevard Casino and winning both the BC Cup Debutante and the CTHS Sales Stakes. Although her speed figures are lower than Arabella’s Muse, her experience should put her in the money. My value play in this race would have to be Elusive Lily. Elusive Lily ran 2nd behind Architecture in the CTHS Sales Stakes and missed it by a neck. My biggest concern with her is whether or not she can challenge Arabella’s Muse for the early lead and have enough to see it through. My longshot play here would have to be Irish Lyric. Although she finished 4th in the CTHS Sales Stakes, she has proven that she can come from behind which could prove valuable here. She’ll have the blinkers on and she picks up Amadeo Perez for the mount. Look for a big run from this filly.

Jack Diamond Futurity

AndallthatitmeansRace 7 at Hastings is the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity for 2 year old colts and geldings foaled in Canada. Set at 6 ½ furlongs, the Jack Diamond Futurity will host a field of 10. Andallthatitmeans is the 2 to 1 morning line favorite.  Andallthatitmeans romped his competitors in the BC Cup Nursery winning by 10 lengths, but came up short in the CTHS Sales, running second. Neverabettercause was the winner of that race and looks to give Andallthatitmeans trouble today as well.  Neverabettercause broke his maiden in that race making a strong run from behind to capture first by 1 ¼ lengths. I’m leaning towards Deviance, though. Deviance ran a disappointing 3rd in the BC Cup Nursery, but had been putting forth some great efforts prior to that race, including a victory in the New Westminster Stakes back in July. For a longshot in the Jack Diamond, I look to Son of Tiago. In his career debut, he run 2nd in the BC Cup Nursery making a late charge. If he can make that move a bit earlier today, I feel he could definitely been in the money here.

Dennis Dodge Stakes

Del Rio Harbor For our next 2 year old stakes race, we head back state-side to Emerald Downs and the $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes. The Dennis Dodge Stakes is for two year old colts and geldings foaled in Washington State or sired by a stallion standing in Washington State. This field of 7 will trek 6 furlongs. The 2 to 1 morning line favorite is Del Rio Harbor. Del Rio Harbor is on a 3 win streak that includes victories in the WTBOA Lads Stakes and the Emerald Express. Del Rio Harbor will be tough to beat here. Another contender here is Stikine Slough. He straight-up flat lined in the Emerald Express, but came back in a $20,000 Allowance at Emerald and just spanked the field winning by 18 lengths! I look for Stikine Slough to give Del Rio Harbor a run for his money in the Dennis Dodge and make up for his performance in the Emerald Express. For a value play, I like Mebossman. He has yet to break maiden, but he put up a nice 4th place effort in the Emerald Express and an even better 2nd place finish in the WTBOA Lads. He’s certainly on the improve path and will have the blinkers on today. My longshot in this race is Orito. Orito is a little out classed here, but I like his running style for this race and his bullet work on September 2nd has me convinced he should at least hit the board.

Northwest Farms Stakes

Chu and You Race 7 at Emerald is the $50,000 Northwest Farm Stakes for 2 year old fillies foaled in Washington State or sired by a stallion standing in Washington State. Set at 6 furlongs, this race hosts a field of 9. The strong 8/5 morning line favorite is Chu and You who is currently on a 3 win streak and flawless career. There is absolutely no doubt that the horse to beat in this one is Chu and You. The problem with this field is the amount of front-end speed that will be dueling with Chu and You for that early lead. The second choice in this one on the morning line is Da Burn who won her last race by 12 lengths. Unfortunately, I believe Chu and You and Da Burn will “burn” each other out in an effort to take that front-end position. For value, I’m hoping that Sunpenny will be able to stalk these two and have enough kick left over to win it.  If not, my way-out-in-left-field longshot is Hey Lil Missy. She’s way out classed within this field having only won a maiden claiming $7500, but she’s also the only horse that has proven she can come from behind to win. I look for her to at least hit the board.

Mark McDermott Stakes

Hollywood TalentFor our final race we have race 5 on the card at Presque Isle Downs. The $75,000 Mark McDermott Stakes is for Pennsylvania Bred two year olds traveling 6 furlongs. The 8/5 morning line favorite is Miss Behaviour. Miss Behaviour recently dominated in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth, winning by 8 ¼ lengths. She earned the top speed figure for this field in that race and will be tough to beat. Following her in the morning line at 2 to 1 is the 2 year old colt, Elevated. Elevated has won his only 2 races back-to-back and looks to continue the streak today. His speed figures are not quite as good as Miss Behaviour’s, but he is sporting some excellent works and looks ready. Looking to trip them both up is Hollywood Talent at morning line 5/2. Hollywood Talent ran 3rd in the Sanford at Saratoga and 2nd in the Bashford Manor at Churchill. He has the talent and stakes experience to beat these two and I believe he will make a huge effort here today. For a longshot in this one, I look for Chippewawhitechief to be in the money. Chippewawhitechief can stalk the pace or come from way back. There is a lot of front-end speed in the Mark McDermott and this could work in Chippewawhitechief’s advantage. Look for him late.

That’s it for today, but be sure and check back with us often as we continue to cover more racing 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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