Today at Hollywood Park
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $29,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Big Note – Has the speed to attack early and force the pace; huge class drop offers him a big shot.
5 Format V. – Rafael Bejarano exits a big day Saturday; figures to win the last Betfair Hollywood jockey title by many.
Long Shot – 6 Nextdoorneighbor
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 U Re My Candy Girl – Taking a huge class drop to face much slower group; saves ground, need not be much horse to win.
2 Tribal Spy – Another taking a solid class drop to face slower; showed some improvement off the claim by Ben Cecil.
Long Shot – 4 Full’s Figurehead
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Aerial Artist – Claimed by Paul Aguirre off a solid try; switches back to synthetics in a very weak group.
3 Tiz Snazzy – Draw a line thru last and his two prior races look good; can pull a small upset on his best day.
Long Shot – 5 Ebony Gold
Race 4 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
7 Barocci – John Sadler can have a big meet as he is stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park; he won the SF Mile with Tigah on Saturday.
2 American Blend – Chalk despite one moribund turf race; we know he is in top form, gives grass another chance for Carla Gaines.
Long Shot – 3 Power Foot
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
5 Atticus Jack – Turned in a rare stinker last time on sod; switches to synthetics where he has an excellent resume.
7 Charlie’sboywins – Should get a lot of value as this 6-YO is from an unknown barn; this guy has run some good races though.
Long Shot – 3 Plenny of Henny
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
7 Just Fishin – Two tough beat under Gary Stevens, now switches to Tyler Baze; Stevens is in Louisville thru the KY Derby.
6 Cacau – Showed good speed in last two starts; one of these days he’ll lead turning for home and no one will come to him.
Long Shot – 11 Corinthian’s Song
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 Home Journey – Tepid chalk showed good speed in last; one angle here is the favorite may be lone early speed.
3 Blushing Angel – Not often can you say a 6-horse field is the hardest race on the card; will sit in arrears for one run.
Long Shot – 6 Miss American Pie
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $100,000 Wilshire Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Moone’s My Name – John Sadler in line to win another; this mare has a large upside and this is a step in the right direction.
1 Purin’s Dancer – No shame chasing Mizdirection in the Las Cienegas; stretches out where the pace will be much softer.
Long Shot – 6 Byrony
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Warren’s Wesley – Leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano will find a way; maybe a jockey’s race with a race full of plodders.
7 Patriotic Lion – He is 0-for-21 but few in the field can run; hard to leave out of trifectas and superfectas.
Long Shot – 14 Jaco Red
Best Bet – 7 Just Fishin (race 6)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$43.80; Long Shots, 10/2/$17.60; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 47/13/$98.20; Long Shots, 26/3/$24.80; Best Bets, 2/1/$3.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Enchante (5/1) in race 3 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Dawley ran second at Belmont Park paying $3.90 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 68/47/$347.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick