Today at HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $34,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Farley Star – Mike Mitchell drop down holds a huge class edge over these; only negative is a parking lot post.
3 Hameildaeme – Consistent sort has shown she can compete in this class; tactical speed to sit a decent midpack trip.
Long Shot – 1 Picture Perfect
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 2-year-olds
3 Jack O Lyn – Claimed by Jeff Mullins off a sharp maiden claiming win; he looked like he had more in the tank.
2 Danger Ranger – Consistent sort has cashed four paychecks in a row; need not be much to get his photo taken tonight.
Long Shot – 6 Inquisitive Son
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Lord Vronsky – Finally graduated in last after many close calls; got himself eligible for a lot of condtions too.
6 Delta Fix – Speedball from the wide out also exiting two bullet workouts; suspect will leave with his hair on fire.
Long Shot – 1 Indian Gaming
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Sentry Duty – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this career low class;
5 Warren’s Patron – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete today.
Long Shot – 12 Nutmeg Ned
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Miss Radiance – Was flattered when Transgression won next out; like the way she fired big off a year layoff.
7 Lady Liam – She had absolutely no excuse losing last as a 2/5 chalk; maybe she doesn’t like passing others.
Long Shot – 5 Spectacular Sky
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Lodi Red – He clearly is better than showed in last; like the ground saving trip, switch to Rafael Bejarano.
3 Sir Bell – Ran a stinker in Arcadia; he had a solid summer on Del Mar turf, maybe he can bounce back tonight.
Long Shot – 5 Moscato
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Position A – Mike Mitchell claimed for $32K, drops down for $16K; red flag for most, winning angle in here.
5 Bench the Judge – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this career low class; reaching the now or never stage.
Long Shot – 2 Hasty Trend
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles, $100,000 Native Diver Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
6 Tres Borrachos – Ran a credible third in the BC Dirt Mile; has shown some gumption since joining the Marty Jones barn.
3 Tweebster – Bob Baffert gave this one a tune-up sprint to prep for this; tactical speed to be involved throughout.
Long Shot – 4 Rescue Squad
Race 9 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 My Sweet Candy – Excellent debut second from a difficult post 10; now moves to the rail where Joel Rosario has options.
6 She’s a Minx – She could benefit from a fast early pace; suspect Brice Blanc will sit chilly for one brush.
Long Shot – 5 Love My Way
Best Bet – 6 Farley Star (race 1)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$28.00; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 229/68/$426.80; Long Shots, 113/12/$124.20; Best Bets, 14/5/$19.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Expect a Flyer (5/1) in race 5 at Fair Grounds. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Awesome Arceno won at Aqueduct paying $5.60 to win, $2.70 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 183/117/$937.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick