Today at Hollywood Park
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $56,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
4 Ain’t No Other – Exits a strong second in Cal Cup Sprint for this open turf sprint; Rafael Bejarano will sit a patient trip.
2 Circa’goldengear – Turf specialist has won his last two grass sprints; tactical speed to sit a perfect stalking trip.
Long Shot – 1 Canuletmedowneasy
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
1 Mark of a Warrior – Started 2012 at Santa Anita, but has been all over the map since; has back class to handle these.
5 Privilaged – Tepid chalk in a difficult heat; just claimed by Blake Heap but well spotted to win first out for new barn.
Long Shot – 4 Arresting Officer
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Princess Suances – Claimed by Paul Aguirre who legs up his main man Iggy Puglisi; Iggy is far from the worst rider in the room.
9 Democratic Sweep – Speedball could be a major role in today’s outcome; her best running has come over the synthetics.
Long Shot – 13 I Cee’s a Tiger
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Belonging – Typical green debut, very slow early, but fast late; exits a key race too, should show lots of improvement.
4 Chestnut Moon – Exits the best race of her life in last; a repeat race may be fast enough to upset these.
Long Shot – 2 Saturday Nite Ride
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Bling Cha Bling – Speedy sort takes a huge class drop to face easier; also first start for a new barn in Craig Lewis.
4 Crown Over – Third start off the claim by James Kasparoff; reduced to the lowest class level of his career.
Long Shot – 5 Hombre Hughes
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
12 Exultant – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; John Sadler barn is off to a hot start this meet.
6 Whipstock – Another taking a big class drop from MSW to maiden claiming; been away a year but showed talent before his respite.
Long Shot – 3 Kenichi
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $48,000, Cal-breds, Optional claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Cat Meeting – Big favorite off two eyelash defeats; note that trainer Jeff Mullins didn’t fire Rafael Bejarano, another chance.
1 Unusual Jazz – Should get a nice rail trip with the turf rail out 10 feet; has won four times on sod, his preferred surface.
Long Shot – 9 Jules Journey
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
10 Deft Touch – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; should get a price with Orlando Mojica up.
8 Strange Luck – Tepid chalk in the hardest race on the card; was well bet in debut for trainer Tim Yakteen.
Long Shot – 9 Sassy Brunette
Best Bet – 5 Belonging (race 4)
Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/5/$27.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$17.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 83/24/$167.00; Long Shots, 43/4/$34.00; Best Bets, 5/2/$8.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Inimitable Romance (7/2) in race 7 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Kid Kate ran third at Aqueduct paying $2.10 to show. Stats – 169/116/$1,018.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick