HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- South Ocean

South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine

Rise UpThis Sunday, November 24th, 2013 we have the South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine. Before we handicap that race, let’s recap Saturday’s 2 year old racing action. In the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct, favorite Empire Dreams won the male division by 1 ¾ lengths. In the female division, Miss Narcissist won by a head over Hey Kiddo. At Turf Paradise, Rockin Home won the males divison of the Arizona’s Breeder Futurity by 4 ¾ lengths while in the female division Lazy Daisy May won by a neck over Enact. At Hollywood Park in the Real Quiet Stakes, Tamarando won by 3 ¼ lengths and paid $7.40 for the win. In the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine Zensational Bunny won by 3 ¾ lengths over our value play, Norquay. Our longshot in that was Henry’s island who made it up for third. In the Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs, Ide Be Cool won by a neck over Mypalcharliebrown. In the Louisiana Jewel Stakes, All Woman captured the victory by 2 ½ lengths. In the Delta Downs Princess Stakes, our value play Tepin came charging for the win over Bahnah by 1 ¼ lengths and paid $9.00 for the win. Finally in the big race for Saturday, the Delta Downs Jackpot, Rise Up ran away with a 6 length victory over Casiguapo. One of our value/longshot plays Rankhasprivileges ran third and Roman Unbridled was 4th. Now let’s look at the South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine.

Woodbine’s South Ocean Stakes

Paladin BayThe $125,000 South Ocean Stakes is the 8th race on the card for Sunday at Woodbine and will feature a field of 9 two year olds traveling 1 1/16 miles. The 2 to 1 morning line favorite is Paladin Bay. Paladin Bay recently won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes earlier this month by 1 length over Lexie Lou. On paper, it looks as if both of these fillies will be the top contenders in this race looking to repeat that Princess Elizabeth performance. Lexie Lou is at 5/2 on the ML. Lexie Lou might have the advantage here, though as she seems to be the only front end speed in this one. If she is left out on the lead alone it will be difficult for Paladin Bay to make that late run. For value I like Flipcup at 4 to 1 on the morning line.  Flipcup is undefeated in 2 starts and could make a move early enough to contest Lexie Lou. She is also receiving first time Lasix and should do well in this race. My only concern for her will be the distance as she has only been 6 furlongs in her previous outings. For a longshot, I like Bear’s Pride. Her works are solid and I feel she will improve in this one. Good luck everyone!




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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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