Today at Hollywood Park
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Backwoods Belle – Mike Mitchell off the claim is a tough hombre to beat; proven performer at this $25K class level.
4 One Magical Girl – After two straight wins, is kept basically at this same class; odd not climbing the claiming ladder.
Long Shot – 1 Warren’s Morgan
Race 2 – 5 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Perpetua – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; key vote comes from Joel Rosario.
6 Sudden Sunday – Was bet in debut and ran evenly; Mike Mitchell adding blinkers on for some focus and improvement.
Long Shot – 5 Aredhel
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $62,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
3 Rauschenberg – He may not have the class of some others; but he is a horse for course, won 3-of-4 over Inglewood sod.
1 Obviously – Exits a minor stakes for this third level condition; saves all the ground and will grind it out late.
Long Shot – 4 Venomous
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Solar Rocket – Ran like a dud in turf debut; he is proven over dirt and synthetics so expect a much better effort.
2 Itssultryinthecape – Brief 2-month respite; sharp win last out at Santa Anita, this is the same class of horse that he beat.
Long Shot – 6 Gallant Gent
Race 5 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
7 God Of War – Was flattered when Causeithertz won next out; A.C. Avila adding blinkers on, expect better in second U.S. start.
3 Stratify – Stretched out in last and showed much better early speed; could provide the target for the others to catch.
Long Shot – 5 Swift Eagle
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $36,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Hurricane Lake – Upset special with a horse sliding down the claiming ladder; expect a more aggressive ride from Alonso Quinonez.
3 Special Kid – Tepid chalk runs first off the claim by Bill Spawr; tacitcal speed to sit a decent trip.
Long Shot – 7 Temerity
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
7 Valley Cat – Miserable run in last; returns to turf and reunited with Rafael Bejarano, he is riding in great form.
5 Slammer Time – Afforded a big chance running for the cheapest price tag of his life; just needs to run one of his better races.
Long Shot – 3 He’s Very Rare
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Affirmed Handicap, 3-year-olds
2 Gun Boat – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one has speed which is doing just fine in Inglewood routes.
3 Holy Candy – Always highly regarded by John Sadler, it’s time to put up of shut up; been training forwardly for this.
Long Shot – 7 Liaison
Race 9 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Revered – Ran like a horse that needed a race in last; second start off a 15-month hiatus for Ron Ellis will be much better.
6 Wild Truffles – Logical chalk woke up with a career best race in last; maybe she is finally putting things together.
Long Shot – 4 Special Charm
Best Bet – 2 Gun Boat (race 8)
Betfair Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$17.80; Long Shots, 9/2/$21.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Betfair Hollywood Park Totals – 405/96/$631.60; Long Shots, 205/33/$330.40; Best Bets, 21/5/$20.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Little Stitch (5/2) in race 10 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Beat the Blues ran second at Churchill Downs paying $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats – 85/56/$484.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick