TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 7:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 U R My Candy Girl – Sliding down in maiden claiming class to the bottom; ran well enough in last to beat these slowpokes.
7 Disco Lemonade – Doug O’Neill barn has been hot of late, but mostly with Mario Gutierrez; this filly has Martin Pedroza up.
Long Shot – 6 Rich in Tradition
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Four Better – Peter Miller continues to dish out winners; eat another winner off his plate with this big drop down horse.
7 Rossi Reserve – Claimed by Javier Sierra after some good races for Vann Belvoir; well see how other person’s training works out.
Long Shot – 4 Wrinkle Room
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Tuckers Point – Has had 13 chances but never faced a field this slow; blinkers off for this Cody Autrey cull.
5 Stayo – Ran poorly in SoCal debut; not without excuses, poor start and checked mid-race, other than that it was no problem.
Long Shot – 6 One Mint Julep
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $62,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
6 Barocci – Gets class relief from the grade 2 American Handicap; repeat race would absolutely crush these.
5 Old Time Hockey – Has had some gaps in his resume of late; he may have slowed a step thus this much easier task.
Long Shot – 2 Temple’s Door
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
8 Tom’s Tribute – Broke a step slow but ran OK the rest of the way; figures to improve with experience.
1 Blue Tone – Ran way too well to lose in last to Say Ow; like the cut back in distance from route to elongated sprint.
Long Shot – 5 Okaad
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Strickly Class – John Sadler doesn’t win with a whole lot of FTS; this guy won for fun, but got taken by Craig Dollase.
3 Langfurs Lightning – Has been well bet in four starts since David Hofmans took over the training; should break thru soon.
Long Shot – 10 Currahee
Race 7 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), $70,000 Lucie Manet, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Midnight Music – Tom Proctor ships in this good looking Euro mare; like the rider switch to Julien Leparoux, expect better.
2 Caelis – Gave a good account of herself as a long shot in the Santa Barbara; class relief from that grade 2 company.
Long Shot – 1 Miss Pippa
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Beautiful Spirit – Mario Gutierrez has been riding hot of late; note how patient he is and saves some horse for the end.
9 Scary Fast – Not seen in 15 months off a pop and stop debut; returns for a bottom level price tag, but from a live barn.
Long Shot – 4 Royal Weekend
Best Bet – 8 U R My Candy Girl (race 1)
Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$32.40; Long Shots, 9/3/$34.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Hollywood Park Totals – 709/182/$1,235.40; Long Shots, 342/48/$527.60; Best Bets, 41/14/$59.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #9 Street Game (2/1) in race 9 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Escapefromreality won at Belmont Park paying $2.70 to win, $2.30 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 107/70/$527.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick