TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Pretty Kinzie – Beat most of these last time in a last-to-first rally; only won by a head, so may be worth trying to beat.
This Time Baby – Busy filly runs back in 9 days, 3 starts in 22 days; Oscar Barrera used to say if they can eat, they can run.
Long Shot – Such Fortune
Race 2 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
Self Insured – Big run in last, second off the claim by Gary Sherluck; Joel Rosario could have a monster day today.
Cavanal – Tepid chalk has a major flaw, 9 seconds in 19 starts; he gets up to the leaders and refuses to pass the last one.
Long Shot – Major General
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,600, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Tuscan Moon – Showing steady improvement with each start; flattered when Merrytagio won next out, live for Joel Rosario.
Multifaceted – Tepid chalk returns from an 8-month hiatus; faced tougher at Del Mar, big class drop from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – L’enchanteresse
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Afleet Ruler – Third start off a 20-month hiatus is a positive form cycle; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.
Patriotic Soldier – Exits a tough heat where both Bet On Victor and Fantasy Free won their next out; should improve.
Long Shot – Equiparado
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Kevlar Kid – Did everything but win in debut in a strong effort; parking lot post allows him to clock the speed.
Rauschenberg – Ran well in debut to a good Bob Baffert baby; been away 5 months, but is in good hands of Marty Jones.
Long Shot – Good to Go
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $29,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Fiona Freud – Perfect post for this closer to save ground and angle out for racing room late; been claimed in 3 straight races.
Squeeze Me Tight – Not sure how she won last time in an optical illusion; stalking style has much speed to clock.
Long Shot – Party With Brando
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $15,600, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Casa O – John Sadler cull takes the blinkers off today; been well bet, but yet to punch it home and graduate.
One French Kiss – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – P Forty Warhawk
Race 8 – 1 1/2 miles (turf), $150,000 Jim Murray Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Falcon Rock – Did not quicken in last like you’d expect from a Euro turf horse; chance to redeeem himself at a square price.
Scintillo – U.S. debut for 5-YO horse with group 1 experience; has to be an easier spot than what he’s been facing.
Long Shot – Skellytown
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Lyrical Goddess – Debut winner is more impressive beating next out winner Hard Eight; facing a weak NW2L claimer.
Champagneandlilies – The light went on last time in a daylight graduation; see today if her win was legit or not.
Long Shot – Naughty Mariana
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Riviera Cocktail – Turf closers will always be at the mercy of pace and potential bad trips; has a ton of latent talent.
Hyades – Underachiever hints at major talent; can save every inch of ground and find racing room turning for home.
Long Shot – Time Gone By
Race 11 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
Suances de Espana – Sneaky claim by Bill Morey who has won 2-of-3 at this meet; adds blinkers on and Julio Garcia.
Light of a Star – 4-YO filly has won an amazing 9-of-18 all for a price tag; she tries hard and fires every time.
Long Shot – Yasinisi
Best Bet – Riviera Cocktail (race 10)
Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$25.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$10.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$9.20
Hollywood Park Totals – 250/68/$417.80; Long Shots, 121/12/$143.00; Best Bets, 15/7/$33.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Road Track’s Dream (5/2) in race 7 at Arlington Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Zaffer ran second at Calder paying $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats – 91/64/$486.00