Horse Racing: Today at Hollywood Park, Dec. 7


Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

4 Warren’s Joe T. - Huge rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; tactical speed to sit a decent trip throughout.

5 Gallant Charm - Exits a key race where he was the winner; after 11 tries, maybe he’ll have the swing of things finally.

Long Shot - 6 Hardliner

Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

5 Melatonin - Exploded with a huge race in last after a modest debut; ran too good to lose and now has the edge of experience.

1 Chitu - Bob Baffert baby has been working bullets for a while; sure to get overbet with stable rider Martin Garcia up.

Long Shot - 2 Yard Line

Race 3 - 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Winding Way - Has always been highly regarded by the barn; 2014 is the year she’ll have to prove her potential.

1 Blues and Silvers - Outstanding campaign with 7-of-11 win this year; been a terrific claim for trainer Mike Pupye.

Long Shot - 4 Golden Production

Race 4 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Cassandra Lynne - Taking an huge class drop for David Hofmans; sure to get claimed for $8K maybe as a broodmare prospect.

8 Metaxa - Surprised this kid Irving Orozco does not get more chances; the 5-pounds off is like stealing sometimes.

Long Shot - 10 Princess Suances

Race 5 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

7 I’ll Wrap It Up - Rafael Bejarano needs to do a better job of protecting his turf; turf debut last time was an improved try.

4 Number Five - Typical green debut, slow early, fast late; stretching out around 2-turns for the first time.

Long Shot - 8 Miragio

Race 6 - 1 1/16th miles, $500,000 Hollywood Starlet, Fillies, 2-year-olds

2 Taste Like Candy - That was one impressive MSW win; huge class rise to a grade 1, but 2-YOs can make the jump on sheer talent.

8 Rosalind - She is clearly the horse to beat, but keeps coming up a stride short; classy filly can be a major player next year.

Long Shot - 6 Arethusa

Race 7 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Kathleen Rose - She has shown improvement in all four career starts; keys to the car go to Rafael Bejarano this time.

5 Our Pure Creation - Jeff Bonde barn has quietly racked up a big meet; this filly offers value at her 6/1 morning line.

Long Shot - 3 Marina Del Heat

Race 8 - 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 Bayakoa, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Fiftyshadesofhay - Expect her to be a grade 1 winner in 2014; Bob Baffert filly figures to have a high ceiling next season.

7 Curvy Cat - Was absolutely flying last time when a stride late; get more value with Martin Pedroza in the saddle.

Long Shot - 2 Warren’s Veneda

Race 9 - 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Perfect Magic Man - Much improved run in last, now Mark Glatt adding blinkers on; Joe Steiner is fine by me on a chalk.

6 Trando’s Tremor - Should offer a ton of value with these low percentage connections; has back races fast enough to upset.

Long Shot - 2 Bringon the Wain

Best Bet - 2 Kathleen Rose (race 7)

Hollywood Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$29.40; Long Shots, 7/3/$29.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Hollywood Park Totals - 297/77/$460.00; Long Shots, 143/24/$223.20; Best Bets, 18/7/$35.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #2 My Wandy’s Girl (7/2) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Royal Suspicion won at Aqueduct paying $6.80 to win, $3.50 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats - 190/129/$1,040.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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