TODAY AT hollywood PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 La Torera – Midwest invader tries SoCal tracks for the first time; like that Bob Hess hires Rafael Bejarano.
3 Love My Way – Tepid chalk figures to show early speed; goes as fast and as far as she can.
Long Shot – 6 Inner Groove
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
5 East Sky – Showed solid improvement in second start off the claim by Mike Mitchell; good speed and finishing power.
6 Bench Light – Dead late closer will hope for some pace to chase; has proven to be better going long than short.
Long Shot – 2 Turn On the Pumps
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Big Wags – Bill Spawr aggressively bumps him up in class off a loss; has run 3 good races since claimed by Spawr.
4 Scorpion Time – No barn is hotter right now than Adam Kitchingman; all his horses seem to have another gear.
Long Shot – 2 Streets of Heaven
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Kuro – Like when they win a race while running a lower Beyer speed figure; suggests there is more in the gas tank.
2 Lone Justice – Returned to the class level that he was claimed at; has good finishing skills with enough pace to chase.
Long Shot – 4 Valkyrie Missile
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Red Globe – Steady improvement all in turf routes; ran better with blinkers on in last.
9 Somethings Unusual – Was well bet last time in a turf route; he chased Red Globe and was not too far back at the end.
Long Shot – 5 Meydan Magic
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 His Royal Highness – More love for Adam Kitchingman; his barn is white hot so try riding him on the wave.
8 One World – John Shirreffs left his second string in SoCal while moving to Belmont Park; this one make break the goose egg.
Long Shot – 2 A Thousand Aces
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $70,000 Great Lady M, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Schiaparelli – Gave Mizdirection all she could handle in the Las Cienegas; speed to lead or sit just off the pace.
1 Purim’s Dancer – Tom Proctor has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one can save all the ground under Gary Stevens.
Long Shot – 2 Greatest Escape
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Sweet Marini – Has run two monster races sandwiching a dud in the Evening Jewel; her best run would crush these.
3 Luxuriance – Value choice has flashed glimpses of talent; tried for minor black type at Turf Paradise in last.
Long Shot – 1 Tribal Peace
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Milk Man Ray – Dropped in class to $20K in last and nearly got the bacon; should not be overlooked at this price.
7 My Dividend – Tepid chalk in an impossible race; this is a motley crew where no one really wants to graduate.
Long Shot – 5 Patriotic Lion
Best Bet – 7 Sweet Marini (race 8)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/2/$7.80; Long Shots, 9/1/$16.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Hollywood Park Totals – 318/82/$523.20; Long Shots, 153/20/$216.80; Best Bets, 18/5/$26.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Read the Research (3/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Bargain Blitz ran out at Churchill Downs. Stats – 84/55/$409.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick