TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Connagher – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career-low class; tighter in second start off a 5-month hiatus.
5 Patriotic Soldier – Claimed by Paul Aguirre, can easily get overlooked; has a lot of back class to run back to.
Long Shot – 6 Rummysecret War
Race 2 -5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Silencio Gato – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; like adding blinkers on too.
1 Shane Daniel – Also taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; speed and rail post.
Long Shot – 7 Warren’s Tiger
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $55,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Saanneen – Ran a cropper in last, but is a proven grass sprinter; expect her to rebound at square value.
5 Linda Lou – Logical chalk had been close but no cigar this year; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot – 3 Catchy Tune
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Luv Dragon – Only horse in the field to have won last out; a repeat race is clearly enough to beat these.
6 Ringolevio – Interesting Arizona invader runs at the bottom rung in SoCal; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – 1 Just Heat
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1a Correspondent – Kentucky shipper from Tom Proctor has faced good ones at Keenaland and Churchill; do not overlook.
7 Simply Carina – Logical chalk ran well last time facing males; her race two back was a corker loss by a nose.
Long Shot – 6 Sea Song’s Grace
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Cool Haleigh – Gets a free shot to run here without getting claimed; Gary Stute can win with a victor’s paycheck.
5 Judge Joan – Jeff Mullins barn has been running well this meet; he spots his horses right and they are ready to roll.
Long Shot – 1 Roman Charity
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Achak – Can Mike Mitchell squeeze out one more win from him?; he has managed this horse beautifully.
5 Eye On Jacob – Third start off a 2-year hiatus can be his best; Bob Baffert barn is winning everything in sight.
Long Shot – 2 Shrug
Race 8 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Cozi Rosie – Was never given a chance to win last time; Joel Rosario takes over and no one is riding better.
1 Malibu Pier – Logical chalk did not get to run her race in last; renews her rivalry with Cozi Rosie.
Long Shot – 5 Restless Soul
Race 9 – 5 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Tiz the Tide – The next wave of Bob Baffert babies are here and they are fast; he does have an uncoupled entry too.
10 Bluegrass Story – Tepid chalk in a wide-open affair; you have an edge in seeing the tote board activity.
Long Shot – 9 Emerald Gold
Best Bet – 4 Cozi Rosie (race 8)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$51.20; Long Shots, 8/3/$31.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Hollywood Park Totals – 677/177/$1,183.80; Long Shots, 329/54/$511.40; Best Bets, 37/17/$64.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 4 Puzzling (6/1) in race 6 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Sky Blue Pink ran third at Belmont Park paying $2.30 to show. Stats – 102/62/$495.00