New York Stakes to Mimic SheepsHead Bay

SheepsHead Bay Field in New York Stakes

TanneryJune 29th, 2013, Belmont Park will host the 2013, Grade 2 New York Stakes for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. Set on the inner turf at a mile and ¼, this year’s entries will be battling for the $200,000 purse and it should prove to be a very exciting race. The 8th race on the Belmont card for the day, the New York Stakes will highlight an 8 horse field of fillies and mares from around the country. Over half of the field in the New York Stakes ran in the Sheepshead Bay back in May, so many feel that this race will play a huge factor in determining the outcome of Saturday’s race, and rightfully so. Check out the replay here-

Tannery & Anjaz Strong for New York Stakes

AnjazTannery looked great winning the Sheepshead Bay and I believe she will be one to look out for in the New Yprk Stakes. She showed some great speed at the end and held off Anjaz long enough for the win. But the conditions for that race were a little bit different than they will be come Saturday. For starters, the horses were facing a stiff wind which made the pace far slower than it actually should have been. Also the race that day was for 1 3/8 mile and the New York Stakes will be at 1 ¼ mile. Because of her slow start and the factors that could make a major difference come Saturday, you have to take a strong look at Anjaz. That was a very impressive final kick and I truly believe we are going to see a lot more of that come this weekend.

StarformerI also believe that Starformer could be a great value play in the New York Stakes. She ran 8th in the Sheeepshead, but I believe she is showing signs of bouncing back to her Very One form where she won by 3 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream. She has more than enough stamina and speed to win this one, if she fires on all four cylinders. I look for her to try for an early lead and take this one all the way in if no one tries to contest her for it.


Non Sheapshead Horses On Top?

Ironically, 2 of the top morning line odds selections are for horses that didn’t run in the Sheepshead- Dream Peace and Lady of Shamrock. Although both horses look impressive, I’m not in agreement with either one.

Lady of ShamrockLady of Shamrock’s last win was in August of last year in the Del Mar Oaks. Although quite a nice performance, she also had Mike Smith on board for the win.  Come Saturday, this will be Rajiv Maragh’s first time on her. Nothing against Rajiv, but having Mike Smith in your corner can often make a difference.  As for Dream Peace, her last win was in August, as well, and was in France. Since racing in the states, Dream Peace has run 3rd in every outing. I feel she has a great shot at being there towards the end, but I don’t believe she’ll win it. I feel confident that Anjaz and Starformer will be fighting for the win with Tannery and Dream Peace close behind.




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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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One Response to “New York Stakes to Mimic SheepsHead Bay”

  1. Not sure what happened to Anjaz, but that overlay on Starformer looks nice- $33.60 win pay!

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