TODAY AT OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $12,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
2 Greeley’s Ghost – Huge class drop quickly points to this guy; Rafael Bejarano and Carla Gaines are a deadly combo.
5 Bustanai – Third start off an 11-month hiatus; Mike Mitchell barn continues to run well, constant hot streak.
Long Shot – 6 Cookie Rules
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Banana Cream Pie – Solid debut from parking lot post 12 at Del Mar; was bet in debut, Joel Rosario for P Val.
1 Queenie Marini – Bob Baffert cull improved last time racing for a price tag; need not be much to handle this crew.
Long Shot – 7 Hot Ticket
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
2 Popular Cause – Is bred by Orientate to be quick and win early; like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call for Eoin Harty.
1 Coil – Good to see Tom Proctor out west where the Proctor name was a staple of class racing; watch the tote board for clues.
Long Shot – 6 Awesome Patriot
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Daylight Storm – Was left with too much to do last time; has more tactical speed so expect Rafael Bejarano to use it.
4 Rents Paid – Troubled trip last time in debut for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; can upset with a clean journey.
Long Shot – 1 Pacific Avenue
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 Oak Tree Mile, 3-year-olds and up
2 Victor’s Cry – Could be the recipient of a perfect trip; expect Tropic Storm and Colgan’s Chip to soften up the chalk.
5 Sidney’s Candy – Will the speedball blow a tire like his stablemate Twirling Candy in the Goodwood?; plenty of speed to lead.
Long Shot – 1 Meteore
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
9 Jailbird Jimmy – Conservatively placed for a price tag off a MSW graduation; Doug O’Neill knows what he’s got here.
1 Gibson Home Run – Simple tactics of go as fast and as far as he can; the key is if any will duel with him early on.
Long Shot – 5 The Phenom
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $40,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Holloween Candy – Like the turn back in distance from turf route to sprint; gas to lead or to follow close up.
7 Separate Forest – Stupid ride in last to use up all her energy early; already proven she does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – 6 Pink Diamond
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, $250,000 Ancient Title, 3-year-olds and up
6 Cost of Freedom – Excuse his two Del Mar losses, he runs much better at Hollywood; last race, not this, was a prep for John Sadler.
5 E Z’s Gentleman – Another who appears to run better in Inglewood than Del Mar; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – 3 Truest Legend
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
5 The Unusual One – When Barry Abrams wheels them back quickly, it is a very positive sign; will play catch me if you can.
7 Big Cozz – Good stalking effort in last; switch to Corey Nakatani, one of the best turf riders in Southern California.
Long Shot – 9 Rauschenberg
Best Bet – 2 Greeley’s Ghost (race 1)
Oak Tree Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/5/$30.40; Long Shots, 7/2/$16.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Oak Tree Totals – 85/25/$140.40; Long Shots, 41/6/$49.00; Best Bets, 5/1/$2.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Gio Ponti (7/5) in race 10 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Cara’s Song won at Calder paying $4.60 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 167/119/$901.20