HHR’s 2 Year Old Stakes Watch- Springboard Mile

Sunday’s 2 Year Old Stakes

Shared BeliefThis Sunday we have 3 two year old stakes races up for consideration including the Springboard Mile at Remington, but before we handicap those races, let’s look at Saturday’s results. The Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes at Fair Grounds provided a shocker when Lexi’s Love beat All Woman by a head and paid $10.20 for the win. In the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes the public gave the nod to Coteau Rouge as their favorite, but was sorely disappointed when Ide Be Cool romped over him by 7 lengths for the win. At Hawthorne in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, favorite Rambling Richie won by 1 ½ lengths, gate to wire. In the Ontario Lassie Stakes at Woodbine we had a real nail-biter! Lexie Lou and Paladin Bay fought it out in the stretch when at the wire our longshot play, Splashy Gizmo made a nice charge and missed it by a neck to Paladin Bay, putting Lexie Lou a neck behind Splashy Gizmo. What a run! Finally in the big two year old stakes for the day, Hollywood’s CashCall Futurity, we saw Shared Belief nail it by 5 ¾ lengths over Candy Boy. Now let’s take a look at Sunday’s action.

East View Stakes at Aqueduct

Miss NarcissistThe $100,000 East View Stakes at Aqueduct is the 8th race on the card Sunday and will host a field of 6 New York foaled 2 year old fillies traveling 1m & 70 yards. The top two contenders in the East View are Miss Narcissist at 8/5 on the morning line and Flipcup at 9/5. Miss Narcissist is undefeated in her last 3 starts with wins in the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont and the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct. She also has the best speed figure in this field. Flipcup ran 3rd in the South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine and had 2 wins prior to that. The problem here is that if Miss Narcissist grabs that early lead with ease (and she should be uncontested with this field) then she is likely to win it from gate to wire controlling the pace. Should Flipcup try and contest her for the front end early which is possible, that might open up a slim chance for Champagne Ruby to stalk and upset here. So for a longshot/value play I’m giving the nod to Champagne Ruby at 4 to 1… but I wouldn’t hold my breath, lol. Chances are Miss Narcissist has this one all sown up.

Trapeze Stakes at Remington

Redgrass CatThe $50,000 Trapeze Stakes at Remington is a one mile event featuring a field of 10 two year old fillies. The 3 to 1 morning line favorite is La Mejor Fiesta who has never been on the dirt and has not won in her last 3 starts. I’m not sure why she is being touted as the favorite here, but that’s fine by me! For value, I’m going with Redgrass Cat at 8 to 1 on the ML. Redgrass Cat is also a turf horse, but has some experience on the dirt and I feel her running style is best suited for this race. My longshot consideration is Dream S’more at 10 to 1 on the morning line. My biggest concern for this filly is that she hasn’t been out since September. She is showing some strong workouts and I feel she will definitely be up in the mix with a late charge in this one.

Remington Springboard Mile

Dunkin BendThe $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile is the 9th race on the card at Remington Park on Sunday and will host a field of 12 two year olds running 1 mile. The 4 to 1 morning line favorite is Boji Moon. Boji Moon ran 6th in the Grade 3 Bourbon at Keeneland in his last outing back in October. Prior to that he had won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths, the Iowa Cradle Stakes at Prairie Meadows by 12 lengths and his maiden outing at Prairie Meadows by 11 lengths. He certainly has the speed and hot works to be the favorite here, but there are a lot of front runners in this one and he will have trouble earning an easy front lead. Because of this I have two value plays. The first is Smack Smack at 6 to 1. Smack Smack recently won the Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington with a late surge. His works look good and he should be able to pick up the pieces when the battle for the front wares the majority of them down. Dunkin Bend also has a good shot here at 8 to 1. He ran 4th in the Clever Trevor, but if you throw this race out and look at his performance in the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth, he could be a real threat at a great price. He won that race in stalking fashion and has the speed figures to contend with the likes of Boji Moon. 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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