TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
5 Riveting Reason – Draw a line through his BC debacle and his resume looks just fine; huge class relief for this MSW.
2 Wegner – Second-time starter for Bob Baffert; leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano is riding a live one.
Long Shot – 3 Cash Michael
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Living Our Dream – Been away 8 months, but holds a slim class edge over these; has a better synthetic resume than the rest.
6 Daylumney – Her best synthetic races came at Wolverhampton, England; sliding down the claiming ladder, she can wake up.
Long Shot – 1 Rollerskates
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
2 Muny – His better experience is over the synthetics; has proven he doesn’t need the lead to succeed, Joel Rosario will save some horse.
3 Details R Sketchy – The great experiment to see if he’ll last around 2 turns; his entire resume has been in 1-turn sprint races.
Long Shot – 5 J P Jammer
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
6 Tall Texan – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career-low class; has tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
1a Afleet Deal – Another sliding down the claiming ladder to a career-low class; respect the leading rider in Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – 5 My Man Sumo
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $40,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 She’s Not Lion – She’s run well in turf sprints, but has never run this cheap; Rafael Bejarano remains loyal for the money shot.
10 U Turn Me Crazy – Would like her a lot more except she starts from parking lot post 10; she has speed, will need to use it.
Long Shot – 8 Lady Lazer
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,600, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 J’noodle – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to defeat these.
1 Go Tena Go – Favored in both career starts, will be hugging the rail throughout; figures to be a part of the number.
Long Shot – 5 Lemon Drop Ridge
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood, 3-year-olds and up
2 Cost of Freedom – Explosive win in the Cal Cup, a repeat would crush these too; this kind of looks like batting practice.
6 E Z’s Gentleman – Upset winner of the Triple Bend, has yet to run back to that career best; danger from the Bob Baffert barn.
Long Shot – 4 Square Deal
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $26,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Valley Cat – Tiny edge in a very difficult finale; the only time he won was when he was ridden by Rafael Bejarano.
5 Uncle Greg – Close but no cigar the last four starts; has tactical speed to sit a perfect trip and grind late.
Long Shot – 3 No Stadium
Best Bet – 5 Riveting Reason (race 1)
Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/8/$39.20; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 196/56/$306.20; Long Shots, 96/19/$180.60; Best Bets, 12/2/$8.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 5 Hold the Salt (6/1) in race 5 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Show Trial ran third at Aqueduct $3.70 to show. Stats – 193/140/$1,072.00