HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Sorrento Stakes

2 Year Old Stakes Watch August 7th

ArchitectureIt’s time for another special edition of HHR’s 2 year old stakes watch, August 7th 2013. We caught a couple of interesting stakes at Hastings on Monday, just in case you missed them.  In the British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes, we saw Architecture win over Habida and Hey Didjanotis. In the British Columbia Cup Nursery Stakes we saw a runaway train take a 10 ¼ length victory in Andallthatitmeans paying $17.10 for the win. The best of the rest in that one was first time starter Son of Tiago, he held on for second over the favored Deviance in third. The exacta paid a nice $277.30 and the trifecta rolled in a whopping $863.30! Today we’ll be looking at the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar.

Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar

She's a TigerThe $150,000 Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar will be the 7th race on the card and is set for 6 ½ furlongs. The 5/2 morning line favorite is She’s a Tiger ridden by Frank Alvarado and trained by Jeff Bonde. She’s a Tiger is coming off of a narrow win over E Equalsmcsquared in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood and looks well-trained for this race. E Equalsmcsquared is also in the Sorrento and looks ready to put on a show. Mike Smith has the mount again. Both E Equalsmcsquared and She’s a Tiger seem to be taking well to the track at Del Mar in their works and could be a battling duo again. Concave and Stop Smiling share the 3 to 1 morning line odds and have both come from maiden victories at Hollywood. Stop Smiling seems to be taking to the Del Mar track better, though and I look for her to find some advantages running in the middle of the pack. My value play here would have to be Side Letter who sits at 6-1 morning line odds. She has a solid jockey/trainer combo with jockey Edwin Maldonado and trainer Peter Miller and is coming off of a second place finish in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial at Pleasanton. I look for a big run from this filly in the Sorrento.



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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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