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Horse Racing: Today at Hollywood Park, May 5

TODAY AT hollywood PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

6 Prime Number – Taking a steep class drop after an awful effort; his race two back, if repeated, can beat these.

3 One World – Also taking a big class drop; John Shirreffs left his second string here after moving stable to Belmont Park.

Long Shot – 2 Valentine Boy

Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

3 Streets of Heaven – Third start off the claim by Richard Baltas; enough back class to run a winning race today.

7 Our Boy Benjamin – Barn switch to Vladimir Cerin; huge class drop, may be waving the white flag of surrender.

Long Shot – 6 Quindici Man

Race 3 – 5 furlongs, $70,000 Time to Love, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Teddy’s Promise – Had to skip a stakes run due to a bruise; returns in a softer spot to make sure he’s 100 percent.

2 Shumoos – Was well bet in the grade 1 Madison and ran a cropper; this is a confidence builder, a much easier spot.

Long Shot – 6 Magical Band

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 R Doubleday – Last time he ran for this level he won, and easily; tactical speed to sit a decent trip.

3 No Tricks for Jack – Drops back in class to face his friends; FYI Phillip D’Amato is the assistant to Mike Mitchell.

Long Shot – 2 Warrens Venedalucy

Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

1 I’m Wide Awake – Taking a big class rise facing winners for the first time; like his turf experience.

2 The Whole Deal – Gutsy win on turf last time; his 3 career wins makes him the one to beat in this spot.

Long Shot – 3 Laugh At Life

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

2 Imperial Fortune – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one gets Rafael Bejarano to ride.

10 Everton – This other Baffert is favored; how many times have you seen the longer price horse win.

Long Shot – 4 Drover Crazy

Race 7 – 1 3/16th miles (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

5 Apostle Paul – When a top jockey rides for a small barn, that jumps off the page; watch the tote board for clues.

8 Incentivize – Leap of faith that Garrett Gomez is jumping on a live one; ran for $40K last time, now up for MSW class.

Long Shot – 4 Niagara Falls

Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

2 Gallant Fields – New York invader ran evenly in a test drive SoCal debut; expect a stronger effort tonight.

3 Patriot’s Voyage – Bob Baffert didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby; but he’s got one here and he’ll keep winning.

Long Shot – 4 Golden Itiz

Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 My Pal Ariana – Claimed by Kristin Mulhall; cuts back in distance where she should be running on late.

2 Tiz Anna – Ran a career topper in last while second best; like the subtle cut back in distance.

Long Shot – 6 Hedy

Best Bet – 3 Teddy’s Promise (race 3)

Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/5/$33.80; Long Shots, 10/1/$12.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Hollywood Park Totals – 117/29/$202.20; Long Shots, 56/6/$53.00; Best Bets, 6/1/$3.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Chapman (2/1) in race 2 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Hungry Island ran second at Churchill Downs paying $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 72/48/$353.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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