TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Swingaway – Claimed by Mark Glatt and dropped down in class; class edge, but this is a red flag maneuver.
1 Light of Life – Tepid chalk in another tiny field; saves all the ground inside and grinds it out late.
Long Shot – 2 Cavalla
Race 2 – 5 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Sensational Nikki – Bred to be fast and, maybe, not go too far either; should have only one way of going.
4 Hugh Knew – FTS from Doug O’Neill barn; could this be another Goldencents type runner, not asking for too much eh?
Long Shot – 1 Spring Dream
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Sleep Tight – Ran well off a 15-month hiatus; will save all the ground and double tough if she moves forward one step.
2 Sydney’s Darling – Peter Eurton drops her way down in class; he also takes the blinkers off, speed to lead or stay close up.
Long Shot – 3 Sizzling Gold
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Salt Tequila Lime – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Bob Baffert cull will bounce back.
7 U R My Candy Girl – Finished well in last when dropped to this bottom rung; not much pace in here, so may have to move sooner.
Long Shot – 8 Tribal Spy
Race 5 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
3 Incentivize – Didn’t have a clean trip in the lane last time; like that Garrett Gomez remains loyal to the cause.
1 Apostle Paul – Julien Leparoux brought home two bombs in Saturday’s pick 6; could be stepping up his game a notch.
Long Shot – 5 Scatman Blues
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Include the Cat – Claimed by Peter Miller off a sharp win for John Sadler; needs to maintain her sharp form.
1 Ubelongtomemissy – John Sadler has a shot to beat one of his ex-horses; saves all the ground for underrated Victor Espinoza.
Long Shot – 2 Flashy Dame
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $36,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Elegant – Cuts back in distance from marathons to this; has enough gumption to sit close if she has too.
6 Unkept Rendez Vous – Gets reunited with Joe Talamo; Eoin Harty dropping her way down in class, may be a now or never spot.
Long Shot – 5 Tanquerray
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Affirmed, 3-year-olds
Den’s Legacy – Rested since exiting the Arkansas Derby; can sit a perfect stalking trip and grind it out late.
2 Counting Days – Sleeper pick ran for a price tag back east; has improved nicely for new trainer Carla Gaines.
Long Shot – 6 Tiz a Minister
Race 9 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Real Deal Appeal – Always root for Iggy Puglisi when he has a live one; speed to lead, but he needs to remain patient.
2 Summer Pad – Ran evenly in debut, but figures to improve a step today; Martin Pedroza quietly is having a strong meet.
Long Shot – 5 Fighting On
Best Bet – #3 Salt Tequila Lime (race 4)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/2/$12.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$7.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 402/104/$664.80; Long Shots, 195/25/$264.80; Best Bets, 23/7/$33.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 In Kelly’s Defense (2/1) in race 8 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Sky Girl won at Churchill Downs paying $5.60 to win, $3.40 to place and $3.20 to show. Stats – 89/57/$430.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick