Today at Hollywood Park.
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
4 Slew’s Way – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; expect improvement in second career start.
2 Gambulina – FTs from Gary Sherluck is a tepid morning line favorite; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – 3 Kiptiddy Do
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $37,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Babyneedsnewshoes – With the turf rail out 20 feet, speed should be a premium asset; watch this filly go early.
2 Warren’s Lover – Has closed well at times, exhibiting more than most in this moribund field; need not be much to cash.
Long Shot – 3 Warren’s Jazz Walk
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Dustin’s Magic – Third start off the claim by Steve Knapp; Knapp loves to win races off the drop, Joel Rosario helps too.
4 Bench Beauty – Was competely overmatched last time in the Warren Thoroughbred; drops in for $16K and should compete.
Long Shot – 5 Plazarita
Race 4 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Awe’ Some Kitten – Speedball figures to try the same tactic today; experience from even one race makes a big difference.
3 Jully Baylee – Ran evenly in debut for Steve Knapp; suspect she will improve in second start, expect P Val to send hard.
Long Shot – 8 Gambler’s Beauty
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Tasty Treat – Another speedball to catch with the turf rail out 20 feet; like her last two turf sprint tries.
6 Sizzling Gold – Has improved a lot since claimed by George Lopez; good stalking speed, helpful on a speed favoring course.
Long Shot – 8 Darling Dodie
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $21,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Low Gear Power – Leap of faith in Jeff Mullins fresh off the claim; has back class races fast enough to upset.
7 Coluda – Logical chalk off a big drop in class; key vote is Joel Rosario takes the call, that’s enough for me.
Long Shot -5 Royal Import
Race 7 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Antidote – I keep looking for early speed because the turf rail is out 20 feet; expect Martin Garcia to send and control.
1 Ain – Third start off a 13-month hiatus can be his best; slow to race into condition, key is Carla Gaines keeps protecting him.
Long Shot – 2 Renegade Storm
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Visible Marq – Bob Baffert cull is in the bargain bin today; he fired Martin Garcia, so note that David Flores is up.
6 Cheezy Breezy – Dead late closer was absolutely flying in the stretch last time; key is he is always at the mercy of pace.
Long Shot – 5 Rico Espada
Best Bet – 5 Babyneedsnewshoes (race 2)
Betfair Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/6/$29.20; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.80
Betfair Hollywood Park Totals – 203/49/$333.80; Long Shots, 103/15/$145.20; Best Bets, 12/3/$10.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Gentle Tap (2/1) in race 4 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, The Paddyman ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 75/49/$423.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick