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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Derrick Do – His last two speed figures make him a very strong favorite tonight; right jockey for speedball tactics.

3 Quintons Flash – Didn’t handle the turf at all in last; returns to synthetics where his best results have come.

Long Shot – 1 Lucky Fitz

Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

7 Seven Secrets – Been away 2 years, but was running with classier foes; the main question is fitness and what’s still left.

6 Victorian Prince – Steve Knapp likes to win races on the drop; this guy is a real cheapie, but a hard tryer.

Long Shot – 4 Surf Town

Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf), $55,000 Wild Harmony, 3-year-olds and up

3 My Summer Slew – No shame chasing Cost of Freedom in last; this is easier and his 3-of-6 wins on grass is solid.

5 Dilemma – Good turf record and his best races have come in Inglewood; will sit in arrears and make one big brush.

Long Shot – 2 Afleet Ruler

Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Exclamation – Gutsy win in last at a juicy 8/1 price; third start off a 2-month hiatus, has good tactical speed too.

1 Rummysecret War – Logical chalk entry from Jack Carava; expect one horse to fly early and the other to rally late.

Long Shot – 6 Egypt

Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Contractual – Crapped out at odds on in her SoCal debut; is well regarded and given a second chance here.

7 Dubawi Heights – Came to the U.S. with lots of potential; her second SoCal start was a lot better than her first.

Long Shot – 3 Tizalwaysomething

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

2 Quintons Destiny – Second time out for Dan Hendricks; key for me is Garrett Gomez, this guy should improve.

4 The Factor – Favorite is a FTS from Bob Baffert; the tote board can tell you more than me, figures to be singing.

Long Shot – 1 Pride of Silver

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), $100,000 Miesque, Fillies, 2-year-olds

4 Cloneylass – Was flattered when Lauren Byrd won next time out; she may not have been wound tight for U.S. debut.

3 California Nectar – Makes her turf debut in a tough heat; Cal-bred has earned this shot facing open company.

Long Shot – 1 Neversaidiwassweet

Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up

4 Nextdoorneighbor – Like the turn back in distance for this elongated sprint; adding blinkers on and P Val.

8 Solar Rocket – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry, this is the longer price; the other is the chalk, Alcindor.

Long Shot – Scofield Barracks

Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $250,000 Hollywood Derby, 3-year-olds

3 Sebastian Flyte – Tiny edge in one difficult heat; the winner is whomever can get the best trip in this even affair.

2 Blue Panis – Did everything but win in his U.S. debut in the Oak Tree Derby; figures to be lone early speed again.

Long Shot – 1 Lions Story

Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds

7 Bryan Daniel – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to graduate.

1a Hot Tub Aaron – In a field this poor, you need to look twice at any FTS; been training at Fairplex, not a good sign.

Long Shot – 2 Double D’s Diamond

Best Bet – 5 Derrick Do (race 1)

Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/6/$37.20; Long Shots, 10/3/$42.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00

Hollywood Park Totals – 252/75/$426.00; Long Shots, 124/23/$230.60; Best Bets, 15/5/$18.20

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 6 Aphrodite Storm (2/1) in race 1 at Parx Racing. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Soaring Empire ran out at Aqueduct. Stats – 196/140/$1,076.00

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