Horse racing: Today at Hollywood Park, July 4


By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Krazypapaya – Ran a better than looked race in last; Broke her MSW on grass two races ago.

5 Market Quote – Logical chalk off 3 in the money grass races lifetime; should still have a high ceiling.

Long Shot – 3 Lady’s Plan

Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Liar Liar Liar – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete tonight.

7 My Pal Ariana – Has finished in the money in 4-of-5 recent starts; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

Long Shot – 5 Taffeta Disaster

Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles, $150,000, Swaps, 3-year-olds

3 Chief Havoc – This is a perfect example of lone early speed; the other 3 foes are all dead late closers.

4 Java’s War – Draw a line thru his Kentucky Derby debacle and his resume looks fine; may be hustled to sit second early on.

Long Shot – 2 Tiz a Minister

Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Cee’s The Year – Sharp win for $12,500, a class she is comfortable with; raised to $16K, see if she can handle this.

4 Unkept Rendez Vous – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much to beat these.

Long Shot – 5 Town Belle

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Bluegrass Reward – Claimed by Ted West for $12,500, now dropped down for $8K; like the cutback in distance too.

11 Baron Von Red – Ran well when second in last for this low class; has a ton of back class to repeat the race.

Long Shot – 3 Shediak

Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

14 Princess of Pearl – Should draw in off the also eligible list with 2 interior scratches; must carve a trip from the wide out.

6 Smooth Talker – Has improved her last two starts with good finishes; coincides with Alonso Quinonez taking over.

Long Shot – 7 Mille Luna

Race 7 – 5 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Lovmeister – Was a beaten favorite in this condition 2 races ago; speed to lead or follow close up.

4 Mayan Eyes – Broke his maiden in last at 12/1 odds; facing winners for the first time, this is always a class test.

Long Shot – 2 Russel’s Run

Race 8 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

5 Et Tu Walker – Has won 3 straight turf sprints as he moves up the class ladder; in top form for Doug O’Neill.

1 El Mirage King – Speed and the rail are useful in turf sprint at Hollywood; will find the shortest way home.

Long Shot – 6 Sirocco Strike

Race 9 – 5 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 2-year-olds

6 Mosso – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; flattered when Gangnam Guy won next time out.

7 Tizouttasight – FTS from Craig Dollase is the morning line favorite; you’ll see the tote board activity.

Long Shot – 4 Charlie Thomas

Best Bet – 3 Chief Havoc (race 3)

Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/5/$49.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$21.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Hollywood Park Totals – 691/178/$1,203.00; Long Shots, 333/45/$493.00; Best Bets, 40/13/$56.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #7 Escapefromreality (7/5)in race 1 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Groomedforvictory won at Belmont Park paying $7.10 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.90 to show. Stats – 106/69/$520.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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