TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time Noon
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf), $75,000 Korbel Handicap, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Super Strut – Dollase taking the blinkers off trying to end a season long winless streak; he has been facing many of these.
Jack’s Wild – Dead late closer will need a fast pace to do his best in the lane; has the right rider, Blanc, to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Exceeding
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Slam Slew – Logical chalk ran fast enough to beat these last time out in debut; similar effort today makes him double tough.
Many Rivers – FTS by Storm Cat is owned and trained by Hollendorfer; he’s shown quickness in the a.m., would be no surprise.
Long Shot – Golden Gorilla
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $70,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Heatseeker – Frankel brought Talamo out west, but is not the source of his many winners; finally the duo has a live one here.
Gem Proof – Tough luck horse could have won any of his last four starts with any racing luck; Valdivia will ride with patience.
Long Shot – Sydney Again
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $62,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
True Xena – She was highly regarded as a 2-YO, note a strong stakes placing in her second career start; she’s a square price.
Time Tosay Goodbye – Logical chalk still has yet to be tested for class; this is a solid group in a first level allowance.
Long Shot – Meetmeinthewoods
Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $250,000 American Invitational Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
The Tin Man – Amazing 9-YO is running as well now as he did as a 4-YO; new tactics in last where he settled off the pace.
Out of Control – Frankel seldom throws a horse into the deep end of the swimming pool, unless its ready; he’s a square price.
Long Shot – Becrux
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Golden Royal – Dead late closer will have a chance to upset at high odds; the elongated sprint distance will really suit him.
Smart Hit – Ran too good to lose last time in a 2-turn mile in Arcadia; is turning back in distance, also a chance to upset.
Long Shot – Twin Turbo
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Landaluce, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Elocution – Asmussen does not ship to SoCal for the scenery; this filly looks like a runner and Flores is given the honors.
Treadmill – Sharp debut winner from the Dollase barn; was no secret as the post time favorite, will sit and rally hard late.
Long Shot – My Little Cokie
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $62,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Foreign – Ran a spectacular debut considering she spotted the field 20-lengths; if she breaks OK, Flores has an easier job.
Just Knock – Tepid chalk has had some chances, but has not been disgraced; Solis figures to take her further back for one run.
Long Shot – Tabarin
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $62,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Blowout – Words don’t describe how hot the Ellis barn is this meet; this guy lost to the classy Peace Chant last time out.
Only in Reno – Baffert 5-YO returned from a 30-month hiatus with a tremendous try; fear is if he bounces from the stress.
Long Shot – Kapalua Bay
Race 10 – 1 1/4 miles, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, 3-year-olds and up
Lava Man – A great storyline if the two old-men, Lava Man and The Tin Man, can both win; took the lead too early last time.
Molengao – Playing the main role as the possible spoiler; gave Lava Man all he could handle in the Santa Anita Handicap.
Long Shot – A. P. Arrow
Race 11 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Ancient Tale – Was well bet as the favorite in her debut; ran a strong race dueling on the front end, she tired very late.
Awesome Feat – Typical Mandella FTS was slow early, then finished fast late; will get overbet expecting improvement today.
Long Shot – Kula Girl
Best Bet – Elocution (race 7)
Hollywood Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$10.80; Long Shots, 8/2/$19.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Hollywood Totals – 814/191/$1,259.40; Long Shots, 395/56/$589.20; Best Bets, 48/21/$92.00