HORSE RACING

TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up

Spirit of Cochise – Sharp win last time off a 2-month hiatus; this has been a terrific meet for Jack Carava under the radar.

High Standards – Logical chalk also won last time out; 8-YO has proven his comfort level in this $25-30K claiming class.

Long Shot – Hewitts

Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, $60,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial, 2-year-olds

Belleofthebridle – Could be the shortest priced favorite in quite some time; expect the show plunger to step in too.

Edgewick Road – Closer chased the chalk in his career debut; got no closer than 8-lengths, which is nearly 2 seconds time.

Long Shot – Clubhouse Ride

Race 3 – 1 3/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds

In the Slips – Been away 2-months since a twice beaten favorite in sod stakes; key will be the addition of Rafael Bejarano.

Evening Jewel – Deserving favorite exits 3 grade 1 stakes for this; key for me is how difficult and taxing those races where.

Long Shot – City to City

Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

Sammartino – Did everything but win last time in a terrific try; this may be an easier field than he faced last time.

A Moment in Time – Ran evenly in debut for Don Warren; note that his second time out babies win at a solid 29 percent.

Long Shot – Dance Marino

Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

Celtic Charmer – Was well backed in his career debut; had a tough inside trip, clearly got an education.

Bradium – Big rider switch to Joel Rosario for the money shot; let’s see if he rides the colt with more patience.

Long Shot – Sky Fox

Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

Major Smoke – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low price tag; big rider switch to Joel Rosario.

Smokenomore – Speedy sort fought hard in last in a tough beat; repeat effort puts him right there again.

Long Shot – Goshawk

Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $44,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up

Bring It Home – Is a consistent 5-of-6 in the money on the greensward; good closing punch but his moves come too late.

Hughesy – Sure to be overbet in first start facing winners; his MSW wins was nice, but this is a big class rise.

Long Shot – Unionize

Race 8 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up

Dave’s Pacemaker – The A. C. Avila barn is smoking hot through uncharted waters, for them; like that Omar Berrio returns.

Imco Spirit – Mike Pupye adding blinkers on after a solid second in last; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

Long Shot – El Martillo

Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $250,000 Shoemaker Mile, 3-year-olds and up

Karelian – Has proven that his win over Gio Ponti was no fluke; interesting eastern invader gets Rafael Bejarano.

Compari – Logical chalk has won 6 straight and is undefeated in 5 grass starts; Cal-bred tested for class in open company.

Long Shot – Global Hunter

Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,600, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up

Nostalgic Bid – Showed solid improvement in last first out with blinkers on; contender could get overlooked in here.

Songfoya – Another sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low price tag; parking lot post to stalk the speed.

Long Shot – Sufi Dancer

Best Bet – Nostalgic Bid (race 10)

Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/7/$72.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Hollywood Park Totals – 456/134/$861.00; Long Shots, 225/20/$233.00; Best Bets, 27/13/$56.00

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Virtues Under Fire (7/2) in race 3 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Offlee Wild ran out at Monmouth Park. Stats – 101/73/$539.60

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