Horse Racing: Today at Hollywood Park, June 16


By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

5 Ranulf - Ran well in career debut for Bob Baffert; was not bet that day at 8/1, will be way overbet this afternoon.

3 Kill Shot - FTS from Bruce Headley; has some bullet workouts on his tab and top speed rider in Edwin Maldonado.

Long Shot - 4 Advisory

Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Corinthian Melody - Has finished in the money four straight races; that consistency and class drop make her dangerous.

1 Salt Tequila Lime - Claimed by Doug O’Neill as a beaten favorite; not many horses get taken from Bob Baffert barn.

Long Shot - 6 No Fear Baby

Race 3 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Bio Pro - Been nibbling with six straight in the money finishes; good resume but may show a lack of killer instinct.

4 This One’s for Mel - Peter Miller barn is running on all cylinders this meet; Irving Orozco has looked good so far.

Long Shot - 3 Warren’s Jeff G.

Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

8 Big Note - Aggressive move up the ladder off a claim by Paul Aguirre; these are his friends still at this class level.

4 Stoneside - He is clearly losing a stride or two of late; Julio Canani is shoving this one down our throats.

Long Shot - 5 Guidopanzini

Race 5 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

9 Quality Plan - Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so keep an eye on Aleander; has a history of backing the longer price.

5 A Red Tie Day - Showed good improvement in second career start for Carla Gaines; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal too.

Long Shot - 2 Airfoil

Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Chapman’s Peak - Tepid chalk in a wide open scrum; big class drop where he lost by a head two races ago.

12 Peacenik - Key for me is Rafael Bejarano riding this Cody Autrey bomb; sometimes let the jock’s agent handicap for you.

Long Shot - 2 Truelee Scrappin

Race 7 - 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

7 Pulpit’s Express - Speedball was claimed in last by John Sadler; meet leading trainer looking to boost his total.

2 Boozer - Ran like a short horse in last first time facing winners; stretches out around 2-turns and gets Victor Espinoza.

Long Shot -4 On the Fence

Race 8 - 6 furlongs, $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Teddy’s Promise - Ron Ellis has an uncoupled entry; this gal airballed in last facing easier, repeat race will win this.

8 Include Me Out - Other Ellis is shortening up from 2-turn stakes for this; suspect her best stride will come late.

Long Shot - 9 Shumoos

Race 9 - 7 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

10 Whipstock - Ran into a buzzsaw race last out with a 44.3 half mile; today will be softer and he can rebound with his friends.

3 Beast of Bourbon - Ron Ellis barn is running well this meet, albeit short on wins; class dropper is well spotted to wake up.

Long Shot - 1 Suances Candy

Best Bet - 3 Teddy’s Promise (race 8)

Hollywood Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/3/$19.40; Long Shots, 9/2/$66.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.60

Hollywood Park Totals - 539/133/$840.60; Long Shots, 260/36/$414.80; Best Bets, 31/11/$49.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #2 Verrazano (6/5) in race 11 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Ron the Greek ran third at Churchill Downs paying $3.20 to show. Stats - 97/63/$469.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick