TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Metaxa - Sharp win last time under Rafael Bejarano; he hopes she’ll be the first of multiple wins today to win the title.
5 Ghost N Your Heart - Iggy Puglisi and Paul Aguirre have closed the meet well together; dead late closer will make some noise.
Long Shot - 4 Tiz the Route
Race 2 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Huera Bonita - Young mommy Kayla Stra hoping to win some shipping money; parking lot trip in last from post 14.
5 Brandon’s Princess - Tepid chalk could get George Papaprodromou off the goose egg; he’s got a few live ones today.
Long Shot - 1 Jeanne Marini
Race 3 - 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Unseen Visitor - Mike Pupye barn was the hottest thing since sliced bread most of the meet; hard to keep the momentum going.
1 Midnight Lady - Was very impressive in career debut win; ran for a cheap $18K price tag, will be protected from now on.
Long Shot - 2 Lil Barbie Doodle
Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Tribal Dance - Third start in form cycle off a long layoff; dead late closer should see enough pace to chase.
6 Sparkling Style - Bob Baffert cull ends up on the discount bin at the supermarket; someone might take her at the reduced price.
Long Shot - 3 Peppy Bolly
Race 5 - 1 1/2 miles (turf), $100,000 Sunset Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
2 Marketing Mix - She is a grade 1 filly facing others who are not; Gary Stevens a big shot for another stakes notch.
1 Dhaamer - She’s pretty talented, but mostly in grade 2 and 3 class; will need her career best to upset Marketing Mix.
Long Shot - 5 Hawk’s Eyes
Race 6 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Luckbox Sam - Upset chance in a wide open affair; showed speed in route, now cutting back in distance facing the bottom rung.
7 Divine Notion - Tepid chalk in a very difficult heat; your edge is you may see a horse get bet that is a mystery to me.
Long Shot - 6 Teton County
Race 7 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
2 Volkonsky - Was flattered when Meydan Magic won right back; Joe Talamo replacing Rafael Bejarano, you know he wants this.
8 Ethnic Dance - Rafael Bejarano had choices and opted for this John Sadler colt; must overcome the overland route.
Long Shot - 7 Elusive Journey
Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Indian Classic - Tried a more aggressive tactic in last to no avail; suspect will sit a trip as in two races ago.
9 Memphis - Dead late closer could end the meet in fine fashion for Iggy Puglisi; he’s an easy jock to root for.
Long Shot - 2 Charlie’sboywins
Race 9 - 5 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
4 American Pride - FTS from Bob Baffert is working fast, what a shock; watch the tote board for additional clues.
10 - Dance With Fate - Peter Eurton FTS gets Rafael Bejarano to ride; by now we may know who is going to win the riding title.
Long Shot - 3 Rum Point
Race 10 - 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
6 Spirit Rules - Iggy Puglisi has more good mounts today than he’s had the last month; repeat of last may be good enough.
2 U S Citizen - More live ammo for Rafael Bejarano; third start in form cycle off a lengthy layoff.
Long Shot - 7 Luckarack
Race 11 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
11 - Saint Leo - Could a win here mean something to Edwin Maldonado; you know he’ll ride the hair off this animal.
2 Dramatic Allan - Today’s card may only seem like 100 races; this is the finale for Hollywood, see you at Del Mar.
Long Shot - 7 Wave Catching
Best Bet - 2 Marketing Mix (race 5)
Hollywood Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/4/$24.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals - 809/205/$1,352.20; Long Shots, 393/57/$622.60; Best Bets, 47/17/$68.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #4 Conte (7/5) in race 1 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Embarr ran out at Arlington Park. Stats - 113/72/$544.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick