TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 – 7 ½ furlongs, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
5 Castaway – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; like the parking lot post on this one under Rafael Bejarano.
2 Mel’s Game – Cal-bred steps up to face open company; this elongated sprint distance is perfect for him.
Long Shot – 1 Bank the Eight
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Magic Maya – Key for me is the first time racing with Lasix; no matter what anyone says, it can improve a horse’s performance.
8 Bas – Doug O’Neill barn is heating up and Mario Gutierrez is a big help there; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – 9 Speedy Vixen
Race 3 – 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
5 Proven Warrior – Outran his huge 30/1 odds in debut race; game second to a nice colt, facing no easy task tonight either.
3 Alpha Dude – FTS from the Bob Baffert barn; the tote board will tell you all you need to know about this colt.
Long Shot – 6 Mi Hijo
Race 4 – 1 ¼ miles (turf) $200,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
2 All Squared Away – This is one difficult marathon turf stakes; did everything but win in the San Juan Capistrano.
5 Slim Shadey – Despite being a grade 2 race, this is the easiest field he’s faced in some time; still when it looks too easy, you never know.
Long Shot – 1 Lucky Primo
Race 5 – 5 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Tribalista – Was well bet in debut and ran evenly; suspect Jerry Hollendorfer baby will improve a lot in second career outing.
3 Gisele At Fonz’s – Was the even money favorite in debut; Garrett Gomez did not get out of the box, spoiling her chances.
Long Shot – 1 Yodelmesomemagic
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Danderek – Ran very well off the claim by Dan Blacker; suppose the rail will be an advantage with his early speed.
9 Mr. Make Believe – Gutsy win as the chalk last time; stays in the same class, thus a repeat race can also beat these today.
Long Shot – 7 So Elite
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
5 Declassify – Ran off the screen in debut for Bob Baffert; strictly a sprinter type, been sizzling in works since.
3 Gonna Fly Now – Been unlucky to lose his last two starts; runs fast enough to upset these, beaten chalk last time out.
Long Shot – 6 Scorpion Warrior
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $70,000 Manhattan Beach (turf), Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Lady Rosamond – Bob Baffert filly gets tested for class today; her only blemish was getting routed in the Santa Ynez.
8 Judy in Disguise – No shame finishing out of the money in the Edgewood at Churchill in last; this is a much easier task.
Long Shot – 4 Tizmetizyou
Race 9 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Derby Gold – Bob Baffert could win a lot of races if everything falls right; monster class drop from stakes to $16K price tag.
6 Cunning Ride – Has run two good races for Mark Glatt; another who may be worthy getting claimed as a useful sort.
Long Shot – 9 Pretty Darn Quick
Race 10 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 Scarlet Strike – Tiny edge in a potential blanket finish; has not taken a break since starting her career here one year ago.
9 Charlie Em – Upset the chalk in last with a solid effort; many Euros bounce in their second U.S. start, here’s hoping this one doesn’t.
Long Shot – 11 Kyriaki
Race 11 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Fernando Suancini – Was finishing with a flourish in his career debut; one step of improvement and he’ll be double tough.
11 Sinfully – Major improvement in second career start to just miss; good parking lot post to stalk the early speed.
Long Shot – 5 Spectacularjourney
Best Bet – 5 Declassify (race 7)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/5/$38.80; Long Shots, 7/1/$7.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 451/115/$733.60; Long Shots, 218/30/$308.40; Best Bets, 26/8/$38.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Power Broker (7/5) in race 6 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Proud Strike ran out at Churchill Downs. Stats – 92/59/$442.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick