TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
5 Bodaway – Turf Paradise invader fits for this $16K price tag; could have a tough time filling races this meet.
3 J J Be Chillin – Jeff Mullins appears out of hibernation; has already won with 2-of-4 starts so far this meet.
Long Shot – 2 Justa Gusta
Race 2 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Divine Way – FTS from Doug O’Neill where all are FTS; watch the tate board for additional clues.
6 Pleasant Miss – Adam Kitchingman is good in these baby burners too; solid gate, speed rider in Edwin Maldonado.
Long Shot – 4 Time to Be a Hero
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
1 Pure Loyalty – Like it when a horse wins while running a much lower Beyer; tells me there is room for improvement.
5 Horizon Sky – More Jeff Mullins power in the early pick 5; Hollywood is his home base so these runners are right at home.
Long Shot – 3 Square Dancer
Race 4 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 Raise the Hoof – Fast workouts, leading rider Rafael Bejarano point to an obvious pick; from the sharp Jeff Bonde barn.
5 Willie B Awesome – Walther Solis is a strong barn in these baby drag races; shows many fast drills for debut.
Long Shot – 2 Alpine Luck
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Granny Calling – Claimed off a sharp win by Goncalino Almeida; looking for his first trainer win, this could be the one.
4 So She Dances – Rafael Bejarano remsins loyal to the cause despite a poor run in last; leap of faith behind the chalk.
Long Shot – 8 Ghost N Your Heart
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
7 Johnny Be Mine – Last two races are both fast enough to beat these; tactical speed to lead or follow close up.
5 Awesome Indy – Been away 2-years, but showed a lot of talent back when; key question is if he is tight enough.
Long Shot – 3 Night Badger
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Esentepe – Gets class relief from the Wilshire for this; overdue for first U.S. tally, new pilot in Rafael Bejarano.
4 Unkept Rendez Vous – Dead late closer has been too little, too late in all U.S. starts; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – 1 Miss Radiance
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
4 Dow Diva – Has twice had the lead late in turf routes, before giving it up; this field looks a bit slower than those.
8 Krazypapaya – Happy that nemesis Top Kisser has graduated; by Unusual Heat, a very good turf stallion in California.
Long Shot – 9 Sidepocket Run
Best Bet – 3 Esentepe (race 7)
Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$27.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$23.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Hollywood Park Totals – 135/34/$229.80; Long Shots, 64/8/$76.20; Best Bets, 7/2/$6.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Get Real (3/1) in race 6 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Chapman ran second at Belmont Park paying $2.90 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 73/49/$358.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick