TODAY AT OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Cost of Freedom – Was pointing to the BC Sprint, but things didn’t pan out; obviously this is an easier spot.
4 My Summer Slew – Dead late closer will hope others soften up the chalk; Alonzo Quinonez had choices, lands here.
Long Shot – 3 Goggles McCoy
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Going for a Spin – Second time out Jerry Hollendorfer is a winning angle; like that Rafael Bejarano takes over too.
1 Zenidekka – Logical chalk gets first time Lasix for Neil Drysdale; ground saving trip under P Val.
Long Shot – 4 Clubhouse Rules
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
1 Shelter Cove – Experience is a great teacher; his last try showed he has the ability to win this wire to wire.
2 Arresting Officer – Interesting FTS from the Mike Mitchell barn; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – 4 Just Jumped In
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf), $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Ruination – Appears to be the speed of the speed; right P Val to break on top, play catch me if you can.
4 U R All That I Am – Like the turn back in distance; figures to have a target in Ruination turning for home.
Long Shot – 2 Miss G. I. Jane
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 TOC/CTT Cal Cup Matron, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Ultra Blend – Tiny edge in a tight fitting race; she has done most of her damage in open company, Cal-breds tonight.
7 Lady Railrider – NoCal shipper from top flight trainer Steve Specht; not to be underestimated as the favorite.
Long Shot – 4 Catsalot
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $40,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 The Unusual One – Getting long in the tooth in 0-for-9 resume; this is his best chance yet to graduate facing slowpokes.
6 Emerald Assets – Disaster at Fairplex will only color his decent form; back on turf, blinkers off, P Val up.
Long Shot – 4 Hittheroadrunning
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, $75,000 Robert Walter Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 California Nectar – Among many going around 2-turns for the first time; only way to find out is to try it.
3 Warren’s Flyer – Dead late closer should see plenty of high cheese to chase; stretches out for the first time.
Long Shot – 1 Warren’s Idol
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $100,000 John C. Mabee Cal Cup Mile, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
5 Bruce’s Dream – Talented turf runner has a high ceiling; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip for Joe Talamo.
6 Liberian Freighter – Last time was the wedding at 22/1 odds, is this the funeral; right at home with state-breds.
Long Shot – 3 Colgan’s Chip
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles, $150,000 Cal Cup Classic, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
2 Enriched – Was overmatched in the grade 1 Shadwell Mile; he returns home to face restricted foes, the one to beat.
1 Unusual Suspect – Dead last closer will hope for some heat on the front end; P Val saves all the ground inside.
Long Shot – 8 Soul Candy
Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles, $75,000 Bob Benoit Cal Cup Juvenile, 2-year-olds
7 Jailbird Jimmy – Doug O’Neill got away with one in last; chance to grab this guy for $40K, he’ll be well worth it.
6 Slammer Time – He appears to get better as the races get longer; one of the few with solid 2-turn experience.
Long Shot – 5 Woodmans Luck
Best Bet – 1 Cost of Freedom (race 1)
Oak Tree Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$21.20; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Oak Tree Totals – 314/87/$632.00; Long Shots, 149/21/$189.20; Best Bets, 19/8/$31.00
The Plaza Breeders’ Cup seminar is next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. My apologies for an error in Friday’s column.
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Battle of Hastings (6/1) in race 9 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Flatter Than Me ran out at Keeneland. Stats – 181/131/$997.50