TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Christmas Candy - Taking a huge class drop to face an easier task; broke her maiden in only race in Inglewood.
4 Dilly’s Dancer - Chalk was claimed two races ago for $32K, now in for a third of that; Peter Miller barn wins with all kinds.
Long Shot - 5 Cherry On the Cake
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Fly High - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Bob Baffert adding the blinkers on too.
3 Dark Timbers - Have to be impressed by the riding of young Irving Orozco; this horse ran a couple good races early on.
Long Shot - 2 Blazing Lute
Race 3 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $54,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Foxy Boss - Ran a good second in last after a gutsy MSW win two races ago; tiny edge in a very competitive heat.
2 Toomanytomatoes - Tepid chalk was claimed by Cody Autrey two races ago; has won 4-of-8 starts on grass.
Long Shot - 3 Blingismything
Race 4 - 5 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 Cinderella, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 Pleasant Miss - First start for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer off a private purchase; just one direction for this filly to go.
2 On the Backstreets - Peter Miller has an uncoupled entry in here so caveat emptor; promising debut victory.
Long Shot - 4 Sensational Nikki
Race 5 - 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Mr. Bossy Pants - Claimed by Librado Barocio off a game win; key is if he can repeat the race, he’ll be right there.
2 Blue Jay Attack - Claimed by John Sadler who is leading trainer this meet; like that Rafael Bejarano remsins loyal.
Long Shot - 8 Free Time
Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Follini - Has paired two sharp runs around a dismal try when overmatched in the Echo Eddie; can handle any kind of surface.
6 Spirit Rules - Chalk returns off a 16-month hiatus; should hold his price with Iggy Puglisi riding for Paul Aguirre.
Long Shot - 7 Night Badger
Race 7 - 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
11 Angel’s Moon - Tiny edge in the hardest race on the card; suspect will sit in arrears and come flying wide late.
4 Harper Rae - Was flattered in debut when Rip Roarin Ritchie won right back; been away a year, but showed good talent.
Long Shot - 10 Classic Candy
Race 8 - 5 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 Willard Proctor Memorial, 2-year-olds
2 Kobe’s Back - FTS from the John Sadler barn; they paid $480K for him in Ocala so for their sake I hope he can run.
3 One More - FTS from Doug O’Neill hopes to follow in the footsteps of I’ll Have Another and Goldencents in their debuts.
Long Shot - 4 Solid Wager
Race 9 - 1 1/8th miles, $250,000 Vanity Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Lady of Fifty - Lost the race last time with an untimely poor start; still overcame a 10-length lapse to finish second.
1 More Chocolate - Dull try in the La Troienne facing a field much tougher than this; saves all the ground with inside trip.
Long Shot - 2 Byrama
Race 10 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Secret Memo - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; last on turf was a clunker, better in here.
14 Rockin’ Hard Gals - Horses drawing in off the also eligible are sometimes overlooked; woke up in last with a good try.
Long Shot - 10 Royal Weekend
Best Bet - 2 Kobe’s Back (race 8)
Hollywood Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$20.60; Long Shots, 7/1/$5.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Hollywood Park Totals - 520/130/$821.20; Long Shots, 251/34/$348.80; Best Bets, 30/10/$44.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #3 Ron the Greek (3/1) in race 8 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Triumph and Song ran out at Churchill Downs. Stats - 96/62/$466.00; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick