HORSE RACING

TODAY AT OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds

5 Star Presence – Just missed in last wearing blinker’s for the first time; should get a perfect stalking trip.

3 Big Tiz – Has shown steady improvement in 3 career starts; ran with the favorite step for step in last.

Long Shot – 2 Ricketyracketyruss

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 2-year-olds

1 Miles Long Gone – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; moves from outside to inside post today.

2 Dancing At Dark – Claimed by John Sadler so expect improvement; was flattered exiting a key race with multiple next-out winners.

Long Shot – 3 Schuylkill Punch

Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds

6 Sugarinthemorning – Was overmatched in last in the Darley Debutante; she has a high ceiling, this is a confidence builder.

2 Pleasing Surprise – Explosive win in last, made a quantuum leap from meager debut; chance to show it wasn’t a fluke race.

Long Shot – 1 Da Boomer

Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

3 Circa’sgoldengear – Been away 8 months, but showed ability before going on the shelf; main question will be fitness.

2 Crispy Corey – Ran in last like he needed the race, his first in 4 months; expect him to be a lot tighter tonight.

Long Shot – 4 Hittheroadrunning

Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $29,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 A Clever Ten – Racing first time for a price tag; equally adept on turf or synthetics, well spotted on the class drop.

1 Tamerin – Speedball draws the advantageous rail in this turf sprint; tighter in second start off a 7-month hiatus.

Long Shot – 5 Lauren C

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds

3 Good Brother – Sharp win at Fairplex may be discounted because of the venue; has the back class for a repeat performance.

2 Fire in the Wind – Wheels back on short rest after an even race; big class drop is worth keeping an eye on him.

Long Shot – 7 Bertran Hill

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), $55,000 Swingtime, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Ruffled Feathers – Small edge because she loves Inglewood and today’s distance; saves ground and fires fast late.

5 Burg Berg – Tepid chalk in a really open affair; does his best running on the lead, may duel with Briecat.

Long Shot – 3 Briecat

Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds

3 Format V – Dead-late closer will be hoping for a fast early pace; offers value with seldom used bugboy.

6 Pinal – Tepid chalk in a much-harder-than-looks race; has plenty of early speed, but there are others in here too.

Long Shot – 2 Streakin’ Mohican

Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Kicken Off – Should be able to save more ground than in last when 3-wide; offers solid value at 12/1 odds.

5 Tizalwaysomething – Tepid chalk in a wide-open affair; was flattered when both Go Forth North and Not Here won next out.

Long Shot – 9 Zohrah

Best Bet – 6 Sugarinthemorning (race 3)

Oak Tree Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$20.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$11.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Oak Tree Totals – 85/25/$140.40; Long Shots, 41/6/$49.00; Best Bets, 5/1/$2.80

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 6 Milwaukee Appeal (12/1) in race 9 at Keeneland . For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Gio Ponti won at Keeneland paying $3.60 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 168/120/$901.20

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