TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbred, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Hail Mary – Has sandwiched two strong races around a weak effort; if the good ones shows today, she’ll beat these.
4 Secret Genius – Gutsy win last time in open company, albeit over claimers; still, facing Cal-breds is some class relief.
Long Shot – 3 Hidethegoodstuff
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Sweet Nectar – Expect Rafael Bejarano to have a big day today; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
2 Glorious Memories – Facing winners for the first time is a big class rise; repeat race gives her a puncher’s chance.
Long Shot – 7 Smil’n From Above
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $60,000 NTRA, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
5 Tribal Dude – Did everything but win last time in a strong effort; switching from turf to synthetics.
4 Ethnic Dance – Another live mount for Rafael Bejarano; has the speed to lead or sit just off the pacesetters.
Long Shot – 8 Celebrity Status
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, $250,000 Melair, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
3 Doinghardtimeagain – Upset winner of the Evening Jewel for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; Rafael Bejarano, who else, is up.
2 Sweet Marini – Blew a tire as the 3/5 chalk in the Evening Jewel; she’s better than that and the blinkers come off today.
Long Shot – 1 Qiaona
Race 5 – 7 1/2 furlongs, $125,000 Tiznow, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
6 John Scott – Has tackled some good ones in open company; was life and death to win the Crystal Water versus Cal-breds.
1 Mel’s Game – Gets tested for class tonight; been nicely nurtured by Mike Mitchell, may be up to the task.
Long Shot – 2 Kate’s Event
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, $70,000 Grey Memo, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
2 Red Tesla – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; both appear very capable of winning this.
3 Super Ability – Well regarded 5-YO from Carla Gaines; the fact he was a 5-YO maiden with only 2 starts shows they liked him.
Long Shot – 5 Derby Gold
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000 (turf, rail at 15 feet), Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up
8 McAllister Boys – Nearly won a modest stakes off the claim by Jerry Hollendorfer; expect multiple wins today for Rafael Bejarano.
3 Diamondsdiplomat – Claimed by Julio Canani after wins for John Sadler and Mike Mitchell; key is just keep him happy.
Long Shot – 2 Ivanho
Race 8 – 7 1/2 furlongs, $125,000 B. Thoughtful, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Teddy’s Promise – Did everything but win the Las Flores in a duel with Rumor; what would her price be in here today.
8 Ismene – Sharp effort in the Irish O’Brien down the hill; blinkers off by Bill Spawr, another top mount for Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – 10 Dancingtothestars
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles, $300,000 Snow Chief, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
6 Surfcup – Bob Baffert charge has the tactical speed to sit a great trip; my over/under wins for Rafael Bejarano is 4 1/2.
8 Tiz a Minister – Favorite has to come from out of the clouds; he is at the mercy of pace so I will try and beat him.
Long Shot – 3 Nina’s Dragon
Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $60,000 Alphabet Kisses, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Warren’s Veneda – Typical green debut, slow early and fast late; a good start will make her job a lot easier.
2 Onemoresweetkiss – FTS from Adam Kitchingman exits a bullet work; Edwin Maldonado is a send rider so expect speed.
Long Shot – 7 Northern Flight
Best Bet – 3 Teddy’s Promise (race 8)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/5/$34.60; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Hollywood Park Totals – 29/8/$54.40; Long Shots, 16/1/$7.20; Best Bets, 2/1/$3.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1-1A Dawly-Shock’emagain (5/2) in race 1 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Political Courage ran third at Keeneland paying $3.00 to show. Stats – 67/46/$341.00; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick