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, 2-year-olds
5 Just Imagine – Exits the grade 1 Del Mar Futurity for this MSW; blinkers off, was a beaten favorite in first two starts.
2 Jakesam – Was flattered in last when Clubhouse Ride won right back; sprinter stretching out, should have good tactical speed.
Long Shot – 3 Lagoon of Diamonds
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Big Bad Boo – Was scratched from opening night for this much softer spot; expect another solid meet from P Val.
4 Red Defense – FTS was made morning-line favorite for Carla Gaines; not one of her better babies in debut for a price tag.
Long Shot – 1 Absolutlypositivly
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
6 Ride Candy Ride – Exits a much tougher MSW to try maiden claimers again; switch from turf and turns back in distance.
2 What’s the Rumpus – Another turning back in distance from 3 turns at Fairplex; tactical speed to sit close to the pace.
Long Shot – 3 Swiss Hero
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 Movie Duty – Very sharp this summer and appears to love Inglewood; plenty of speed to lead or sit right there.
3 Yankee Romance – Reunited with Martin Garcia; prefers to run on the lead, which could test the favorite early on.
Long Shot – 7 Can’t Topper
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $29,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1a Pack Your Bags – There is plenty of early speed to set up his closing style; Rafael Bejarano will sit and fire late.
6 Leandros – Beaten cheaper in last over Del Mar turf; this $40K price tag is the top of his class ceiling now, in good form.
Long Shot – 3 El Scorpio
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
5 Best Affair – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; speed to lead and play catch me if you can.
3 Rathman – Sharp maiden claiming win with first time blinkers on; still could improve while others look mediocre.
Long Shot – 9 Iotabgray
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
7 Scofield Barracks – Dead-late closer finally broke through in last; like a cold quinella with the chalk Inverness Cape.
8 Inverness Cape – No secret in winning debut when bet down to a 2/1 favorite; high speed to lead these wire-to-wire.
Long Shot – 2 Leothelion
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
9 Papa Lev – Tepid choice in a wide-open affair; the beauty of horse racing is one of these lucky underachievers will win.
5 Sammartino – Just missed last time in a solid effort; 6-of-7 in the money, easily lacks a killer instinct to finish the job.
Long Shot – 3 The Unusual One
Best Bet – 6 Ride Candy Ride (race 3)
Oak Tree Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$22.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$14.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Oak Tree Totals – 17/4/$22.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$14.60; Best Bets, 1/0/$0
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 1 Driven by Success (9/5) in race 8 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Charlies Swell was no bet, Belmont Park canceled racing. Stats – 163/117/$887.80