TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Disco Lemonade – Showed much improvement last time racing for a price tag; not much difference in here between $20K and $40k.
6 Spoiledandentitled – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – 1 Top Knot
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Blazen All Star – No barn hotter in SoCal than Mike Pupye; key is he trains year round at Hollywood Park.
5 Cavalla – She’s a closing sprinter, but shows more early speed going long; logical because of the slower route fractions.
Long Shot – 3 Warren’s Lorie S.
Race 3 – 5 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Divine Way – Ran well in last facing males, now returns against her own sex; been well bet in both career starts.
2 Yodelmesomemagic – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; adding blinkers on tonight.
Long Shot – 7 Water Issues
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
6 Follini – His one turf try was a corker two back; returns to grass sprint and has the speed to lead or follow close up.
7 Toledo Eddie – Hate the parking lot post but has the style to stalk the pace; key vote is from Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – 1 Red Man Run
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Domonation – Claimed last out by Dean Pederson; gets a huge rider switch to Joe Talamo.
3 Sir Allison – Bob Baffert cull is sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low; someone will claim at some point.
Long Shot – 4 Tiz Dynamic
Race 6 – 6 furongs Turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
7 He’s Not too Shaby – Exploded in grass debut last time out; ran much faster, this may be his surface preference.
5 U’narack – Shown ability to turf in his last two starts; good tactical speed over the firm grass and ground in SoCal.
Long Shot – 1 Mr. Ornery
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
2 Curly Top – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one adds blinkers on so expect improvement.
4 Belvin – Other Bob Baffert colt, was on the Triple Crown trail for a short while; figures to get way overbet in this spot.
Long Shot – 5 R S Watson
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Coconut Cream Pie – Lost by a dirty nose last time while suffering a trouble trip; saves all the ground inside.
4 L L Cool Jo – Long shot chance under Kayla Stra; she gave this filly a chance to upset in last with a good ride.
Long Shot – 7 Tiz a Classy Lass
Best Bet – 7 He’s Not too Shaby (race 6)
Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$25.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$14.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 638/162/$1,047.40; Long Shots, 308/42/$461.40; Best Bets, 37/13/$56.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Litigate (9/5) in race 4 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Precious Metal ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 103/67/$497.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick