Friday, January 13, 2017

Handicapper's Corner: La Canada Stakes (G2)

Can Vale Dori Extend the Win Streak?

By: Michael Amo, ThoroFan

The La Canada Stakes (GII) has rich history. It showcases fillies and mares four and up. Inaugurated in 1975 it has attracted some classy ladies over those 41 years. In 1980 Glorious Song won it and become Champion Female Horse that year. Six Years later in 1986 Lady’s Secret took the La Canada and finished the year by winning the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a feat that Jewel Princess did in 1996 and Spain did in 2000.

This year we have a champion in the making and a heavy favorite to win the 2017 La Canada (GII). Vale Dori (ARG) is the prohibitive favorite at 1-5. The four other entries appear to be running for second place. The Baffert trained horse that won the Bayakoa Stakes at Del Mar in December and finished third behind Stellar Wind (1st) and Beholder (2nd) in the Zenyatta Stakes (GI) will be ridden by Mike Smith.

Wild At Heart the second choice at 9/2 ran a nice race against Val Dori in the Bayakoa Handicap but never challenged the superior Vale Dori. This race looks like a cold exacta, but since they have to run the race it may not be. Improvement is expected from Enduring Erin, but only enough to spice-up the trifectas.

1. Vale Dori (1)
2. Wild At Heart (3)
3. Enduring Erin (#4)
4. Show Stealer (2)

Handigamble play $100:
$80 Exacta Val Dori (#1) over Wild Heart ($80)
$10 Exacta Wild At Heart (#3) over Val Dori (#1) ($10)
$1 Trifecta Val Dori (#1) over Show Stealer (#2), Wild At Heart (#3) and Enduring Erin (#4) ($6)

Save $4 for a “cold one”.

Good Luck but keep the day job!

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