TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1:20 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Dancing General – Cal-bred mare has been ultra consistent versus her own kind; she is equally good on turf or dirt.
Sweet Belle – Outran her high odds in the grade 2 Santa Barbara last time; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Nakaba
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $24,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
Tumbaga – Good try in last as a beaten favorite; despite a slight class rise, he is facing an easier group today.
Mesa Magic – Speedy sort got chewed up last time in a quick elongated sprint; he should relish the softer route pace.
Long Shot – Deputy Lad
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Cheyenne Queen – Taking a steep drop in class in search of victory; she could overpower these with her race two back.
Lady in Love – Dead late closer got up in the final stride; she draws well to sit and pounce from a parking lot post.
Long Shot – Four Four Two
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Veils de Fleur – Ran a winning race last time for this bottom level maiden claimer; a similar effort will be good enough.
Reckoning Day – Exiting a couple elongated sprints where the pace was much faster than she’ll face here; adding blinkers on.
Long Shot – Bullysima
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Brilliant Cut – Chance to sit a stalking trip with her inside draw; Flores has been riding great, especially for Frankel.
Fete – Since being claimed by Becerra, she has become a turf sprint specialist; will sit midpack and try her best late.
Long Shot – Canteen
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Hemet Thought – Sharp closing win last time facing similar company; he has a ton of back class where a repeat is no surprise.
Echezeaux – O’Neill charge is sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; he has enough octane to upset.
Long Shot – Figures
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $51,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Totally Phat – Mandella adding blinkers on and I like her rail draw at one mile; Valdivia will save ground and make one run.
Sweet Way – Tepid chalk has been an underachiever so far in her brief career; half to grade 1 winner Sweetcatomine.
Long Shot – Rocket Kitty
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Gold War – If you’re live in the pick 6 or pick 4, I’m hope you’re spread out in this leg; my dart came up with this baby.
Happytodancwithyou – The longer odds of the O’Neill uncoupled entry, how’s that for handicapping; Nakatani is riding too.
Long Shot – Warren’s Girl Girl
Best Bet – Cheyenne Queen (race 3)
Hollywood Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$27.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$5.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.60
Hollywood Totals – 466/112/$719.00; Long Shots, 230/30/$330.20; Best Bets, 27/13/$52.40