Today at Hollywood Park
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 St. Malo’s Gate – Carla Gaines babies typically improve a lot second time out; Rafael Bejarano riding for the title today.
5 Tanquerray – Stretching out for the first time after 2 turf sprints; showed ability, should be forwardly placed.
Long Shot – 9 Annalili
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Streets of Heaven – Tiny edge in an evenly matched 6-pack; strong Betfair Hollywood and synthetic surface resumes.
5 Max Cooper – Claimed by Doug O’Neill and spotted nicely to win first out; has speed to either lead or follow close up.
Long Shot – 3 Arresting Officer
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
5 Misdeed – Was well bet in debut and gave a good account of himself; bred to go long so no concern with this 2-turn distance.
7 Cinco de Mario – Had the lead late in his last two starts; gave it up late, which could be a red flag concern.
Long Shot – 3 Dice Flavor
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
10 Fabulous Fit – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this new low class; she sure looks worth a $16K claim on broodmare prospects.
4 Sweet Baguette – Big class drop gives her a fighting chance to upset; figures to sit a trip and come running on late.
Long Shot – 3 Pumpkin Pie
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Mile High Magic – Gets class relief from Bob Baffert for this easier spot; plenty of speed to use early in the race.
2 Sahara Sky – Dead late closer makes his second turf try; Jerry Hollendorfer barn is raging hot right now.
Long Shot – 5 Royal F J
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
12 Cavalla – Every Rafael Bejarano ride gets him closer to the title; he is chasing Edwin Maldonado who has the lead.
4 Janes Ship – Showed solid improvement first time on the synthetics; outran her 54/1 odds in last, won’t be near that here.
Long Shot – 1 Lady Delaney
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $45,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Corinthian Melody – Ran well in debut, not so well last time in a turf route; that experience should help her tonight.
2 Sydney’s Darling – Like the rail post in Inglewood turf sprints; big edge here saving all of that ground inside.
Long Shot – 7 Saturday’s Girl
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Killer Bear – Goes from winning a restricted stakes to a $40K price tag; Jeff Mullins is shoving this one down our throats.
4 Chapman’s Peak – Another red flag drop off a win; this may be the toughest race on the card in the pick 6 and pick 4.
Long Shot – 5 Relentless Heat
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, $200,000 King Glorius, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
9 Surfcup – Atypical Bob Baffert MSW win rallying from last to first; his babies do improve second time out.
6 Monument – Must overcome what I think is a real post Breeders’ Cup regression; it’s asking a lot to run right back.
Long Shot – 5 Fighting Hussar
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Woebegon – Could be one of the shortest prices on today’s card; has won 2 straight and keeps dropping down in class.
3 Cupid’s Bling – Hard knocking filly has run well since joining the Doug O’Neill barn; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – 5 Lady Hokulea
Race 11 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Bwanadada – Was unlucky not to graduate in last; figures to get a more aggressive ride today from Joe Talamo.
9 Tiz a Daisy – Last race of the BHP meet; will return Dec. 26 for opening day Santa Anita, wishing a great holiday to all!
Long Shot – 7 Zerbinetta
Best Bet – 2 Bwanadada (race 11)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/7/$41.60; Long Shots, 10/0/$0; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 383/108/$680.80; Long Shots, 193/24/$264.40; Best Bets, 21/12/$54.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Schillerette (5/2) in race 4 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Console ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 185/125/$1,087.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick