TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $54,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
5 U S Citizen – Just missed by a nose in last returning from a 9-month hiatus; double tough if he moves forward one step.
3 Sacred Ovation – Joe Steiner has lost sleep after his last two races on this guy; can’t lose races any closer than that.
Long Shot – 1 Fast N Furius Cat
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Zuzu’s Petals – Could be a Joe Steiner daily double, surely a rarity, at least in SoCal; will be grinding late.
4 Lets Get Frisky – Draw a line thru the bad turf race and her resume looks fine; main man Rafael Bejarano up.
Long Shot – 2 Wallula Bluffs
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), $70,000 Tsunami Slew, 3-year-olds
5 Rosengold – Has won 3 straight for Julio Canani; given a brief break, tough to beat if ready to continue his roll.
6 Gabriel Charles – He won his only turf start, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; main question is stretching out in distance.
Long Shot – 3 Pure Loyalty
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Ambitious Brew – Typical green debut, slow early, fast late; figures to get way overbet, but can save every bit of ground.
8 Gentlemen Pete – Leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano can carve out a trip from a parking lot post; blinkers off for this.
Long Shot – 6 Trial Spin
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Captain Beau – Dead late closer got up in the final stride last time; note he won for $14K, now drops down to $8K.
10 Arcodoro – Tepid chalk in the hardest race on the card; race 5 should be, in the pick 5 and the pick 6.
Long Shot – 5 Simply Sharp
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Tayrona – When a small barn gets a top rider, that tells you something; Rafael Bejarano replacing Garrett Gomez.
9 Gianthalf – FTS from Richard Mandella is the ML chalk; has been working bullets, we’ll see how it translate in the daytime.
Long Shot – 5 Rosies Ready
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Ghost N Your Heart – Always root for Iggy Puglisi when he has a live mount; his main man has been trainer Paul Aguirre.
10 J and S Express – Claimed by Bill Spawr and raised up in class; huge trainer upgrade, improvement is expected.
Long Shot – 7 Queen of the Hill
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and Mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Promiscuoussuances – Lone speed is one of the best bets in horse racing; Edwin Maldonado will send and not look back.
8 Tribal Peace – Was not ready for prime time in last; should improve a lot in second start off a 10-month hiatus.
Long Shot – 4 Secret Genius
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Devious Chic – Beaten favorite gets a rider switch to Mario Gutierrez; suspect he’s a lot faster than he showed in last.
9 Goodtobewild – After 3 straight seconds to start his career, is he a nibbler or will he break thru facing slowpokes.
Long Shot – 3 Maddog Maddie
Best Bet – 5 Promiscuoussuances (race 8)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/7/$60.00; Long Shots, 9/2/$13.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.60
Hollywood Park Totals – 605/153/$996.20; Long Shots, 292/40/$447.20; Best Bets, 35/13/$56.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Mills (race 3) at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Channel Lady won at Colonial Downs paying $5.60 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 101/65/$487.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick