TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 – 5 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Scarlet Strike – FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; been working razor sharp and draws Rafael Bejarano to ride
1 O Happy Gray – Favored in debut and gave a good account of herself; part of an uncoupled entry from Mike Harrington.
Long Shot – 2 Gamblerís Ready
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Dance Thewayyouare – Has had a lot of chances, but none with Rafael Bejarano up; he can make the difference with a heady ride.
2 La Sancha – Ran a solid second in a well backed debut; John Sadler babies figure to improve a lot with experience.
Long Shot – 7 Fullís Figurehead
Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
1 Lady of Shamrock – Given a brief 2-month freshening off a win in the grade 3 Providencia; developed quickly since joining John Sadler barn.
2 My Gi Gi – Lost a dirty nose to the ill-fated Bobina in last; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
Long Shot – 5 Trois Aureole
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $37,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Confucious Junior – Two stubborn seconds both under Garrett Gomez; he still gives this gelding the best chance for victory.
4 Sheriff Ryan – Sprinter stretching out has the pedigree to handle 2-turn racing; ran better than looked last time out.
Long Shot – 1 Baron Von Red
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Glorious Memories – Parking lot post is OK for letting this closer clock the early speed; David Flores will sit and pounce turning for home.
1 Nifty Dream – Appears ready to break thru one of these days Alice; saves all the ground and comes grinding late.
Long Shot – 6 Secret Genius
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf), $70,000 Manhattan Beach, Fillies, 3-year-olds
1 Byrama – After a couple agonizing losses, Simon Callaghan turns to Rafael Bejarano; with luck Rafael can win 4 or 5 races tonight.
2 My Selection – Speedball will try to cut the corner and turn it loose late; Bob Baffert having an eye catching Inglewood meeting.
Long Shot – 4 Lemon Hero
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
1 Mile High Magic – Highly regarded Bob Baffert colt inexplicably spit the bit last time out; maybe racing at Churchill Downs was a factor.
6 Octane – After a throwaway debut last December, has bounced back with two strong efforts; can be a stakes sprinter for Bruce Headley.
Long Shot – 7 Obsess
Race 8 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
9 D J Dave – Mike Mitchell baby ran well in debut; second time out, expect steady, if not spectacular, improvement tonight.
3 Enduring Promise – Speedball from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer figures to set the tempo from the start; catch him to win it.
Long Shot – 2 Jaco Red
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
7 Burlister – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry pairing FTS; both appear capable of winning, this colt has Rafael Bejarano though.
3 Fly High – This one cost $500K, but Bejarano passed for the other Baffert baby; no shock if the well bred colts ran 1-2.
Long Shot – 5 Kin
Race 10 – 1 ¼ miles (turf), $250,000 Charles H. Whittingham Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
4 Slim Shadey – Ran an excellent second to Little Mike who stole the race on the lead; honest pace today sets him closing late rally.
6 Acclamation – Heís a grade 1 horse but question of fitness off a 8-month hiatus; tough spot to return in a grade 1 marathon.
Long Shot – 1 Utopian
Race 11 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Warren’s City Art – Could cap off a multiple win afternoon for Rafael Bejarano; he rides cheap races as hard as if it were the Kentucky Derby.
1 A Natural – Was overmatched in last and showed it badly; her race two back is fast enough to compete with this crew.
Long Shot – 13 Sunshine High
Best Bet – 1 Byrama (race 6)
Betfair Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/8/$51.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Betfair Hollywood Park Totals – 437/109/$709.60; Long Shots, 221/34/$340.20; Best Bets, 23/5/$20.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Bourbon Courage (5/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Tramici Bay ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 88/57/$491.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick