HORSE RACING

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

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