TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Tuba Man – Showed marked improvement in second career start; switch back to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
Uncle Greg – Poor race in last dropping from MSW to maiden claiming; like the vote of Joel Rosario to ride.
Long Shot – Alley Hondro
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $29,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Apt to Be Amazing – Was overmatched in last in a very tough heat; big class drop for Jeff Mullins, back with friends.
Attar of Rose – Lost all chance at the start in last; always faced much tougher foes, better chance here.
Long Shot – Sunny Peace
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Cherryblossommiss – Dismal try in last versus Zenyatta can be excused; maybe she’ll improve as a closing sprinter.
Fund Raiser – Logical chalk in a harder-than-looks race; a few of these fillies are seeking a confidence booster.
Long Shot – Silver Swallow
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Squallcreek – Red flag drop in class, but he is from white hot Mike Mitchell barn; very short price tonight.
Joe Carl – Draw a line thru his last race and he doesn’t look so bad; sliding down the claiming ladder to this.
Long Shot – James Prior
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Nashoba’s Excess – Ran green as grass in debut; kin to Nashoba’s Key, she only has one direction to go, up.
Donner Wasser – Has run 3 seconds in a row, but we may have as good as it gets; grinding style to cash paychecks.
Long Shot – Favoloso
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Major Smoke – Slow start, fast finish, in last off a 6-month hiatus; claimed by Jack Carava, expect more improvement.
Areutrue – Another making his second start off a long layoff, this one 13 months; better fitness for this.
Long Shot – Smokenomore
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $49,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Red Eye Express – Third start off a 15-month hiatus should be a positive form cycle; Neil Drysdale adding blinkers on.
Diferentkindagreat – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; he’s more of a grinder than an explosive sort, will be forwardly placed.
Long Shot – Poker Dave
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, 2-year-olds
J P’s Gusto – Explosive stakes win in last as a maiden; remains to be seen if he can pair races, if so, he wins for fun.
Western Mood – Was well regarded in debut and rallied fast like a veteran closer; should see plenty of pace today.
Long Shot – Minutesandtouches
Race 9 – 5 furlongs (turf), Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Alienation – FTS from the Bob Baffert barn; by Rock Hard Ten who has been a hot stallion, watch the tote board for clues.
Big Tiz – If anything, 5 furlongs may be too short for this well-bred filly; her mom Squall City was a real good one.
Long Shot – Easy On My Heart
Best Bet – Major Smoke (race 6)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$25.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$25.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 826/236/$1,525.80; Long Shots, 405/46/$549.00; Best Bets, 49/28/$112.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Amazing (10/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Enumerate ran out at Monmouth Park. Stats – 122/87/$629.10