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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds

3 Banana Cream Pie – Tiny edge in a tight fit; dead-late closer will need some pace up front to help.

5 Miss Buxley – Another who just graduated last time out; figures to be sitting in arrears with the chalk.

Long Shot – 6 Warren’s Lover

Race 2 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $40,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Sporting Art – Don’t you love betting a horse eased last out?; his prior races are fast enough to beat these.

2 Yodelen Dan – Capped off a hot Oak Tree for Jeff Mullins; this is the top of the class ladder for this 7-YO.

Long Shot – 5 Lucky Rave

Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds

3 Star Presence – Just missed twice in a row for Bob Baffert; like the turn back in distance to this sprint.

5 Honey’s Prize – Ran well in debut and can be taken to improve; Adam Kitchingman barn has been quiet for a while.

Long Shot – 2 Teroda

Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Reba Is Tops – Runs first time for a price tag; has back class and likes Inglewood, hope she is physically fine.

5 Softly Singing – Second best last time in a good try; has tactical speed for P Val to sit a perfect trip.

Long Shot – 2 Miss Silver Brook

Race 5 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

4 Bad Boy – Showed some guts last time in a game win; we know that he is capable of more, the one to beat.

3 Streets of Heaven – Narrowly missed a big upset in last; has held his form well for Jorge Periban.

Long Shot – 7 Bandeira Union

Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Road to Reason – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career-low class; clearly the one to beat.

3 Irridescent Red – Doug O’Neill has an uncoupled entry, so caveat emptor; more than enough back class to win.

Long Shot – 2 No Saint But Sweet

Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

2 Medici Code – Not much confidence in these picks; his turf record is now 1-for-16 lifetime, not too great.

1 Achak – Won his last for Mike Mitchell; his turf mark is a tepid 1-for-14 wins, now we’re asking for a repeat.

Long Shot – 4 Lions Story

Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Sharp Cat, Fillies, 2-year-olds

2 May Day Rose – Shown good talent for Bob Baffert; been away since Del Mar, the key question will be her fitness.

1 Big Tiz – Showing steady improvement with each race; Rafael Bejarano gets back to business today.

Long Shot – 4 Teddy’s Promise

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Contractual – Was well bet in career debut at Keeneland; already proved she can handle synthetic surfaces.

7 Officer Leah – Rallied in debut, showed speed next out; good chance to graduate with additional improvement.

Long Shot – 1 Steve’s Blue Sky

Best Bet – 3 Star Presence (race 3)

Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/7/$39.00; Long Shots, 10/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80

Hollywood Park Totals – 50/16/$89.60; Long Shots, 23/3/$17.80; Best Bets, 3/2/$8.60

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 2 Happy Bull (5/2) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Gio Ponti ran second at Churchill Downs paying $4.00 to place and $3.20 to show. Stats – 185/134/$1,033.70

 

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