TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds
Swiss Arrogant – Sliding down the claiming ladder to the lowest class of his career; big edge to Martin Pedroza.
Towser – Tepid chalk in a tiny 5-horse field; Mike Harrington adds blinkers on and bugboy Tyler Kaplan.
Long Shot – Fermelia
Race 2 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Chk Chk Boom – When the ones with experience look this bad, you need to review the FTS; clever Peter Miller barn.
Bella Palooza – Another FTS and the morning line favorite; live connections in Tyler Baze and Doug O’Neill.
Long Shot – Cause I’m Special
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Press the Point – None of these have proven a thing on turf; big edge to top rider Joel Rosario.
Fair Kisses – Ran better than looked last time in her turf debut; proven she can rate and finish a bit.
Long Shot – Real Housewife
Race 4 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Offlee Wild Boys – Speedball draws the rail in this abbreviated sprint; simple tactics of break and go fast.
Drink At Buster’s – FTS has win early pedigree and shown early foot in the a.m.; watch the tote board for clues.
Long Shot – Arta B Tappin
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Fantastic Pick – Dull run last time as the chalk masks the ability he has; his race two back is fast enough to upset.
Bogie – Alex Solis returns from KY to retain this mount; helps that Churchill is dark on Wednesdays.
Long Shot – Lucky Rave
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Full On – Rafael Bejarano could win 3 races today; that’s only because he’s named on 3 horses, rare slow day.
Warring Heart – Showing slow, steady improvement race by race; his last two races are in the right direction.
Long Shot – National Holiday
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $53,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Theodora – They have always liked this mare; she’s started only 9 times as a 5-YO mare, ready to cash in finally.
Chasin Dreams – Another live Rafael Bejarano mount; will sit in arrears and make one sustained brush.
Long Shot – Burg Berg
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Warren’s Royal Mom – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; her route races are better.
Simply Put – Tepid chalk has the advantage of saving every step of ground; tactical speed to protect her post.
Long Shot – Lisa Lulu
Best Bet – Fantastic Pick (race 5)
Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$34.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$21.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 306/83/$505.20; Long Shots, 149/14/$175.00; Best Bets, 18/8/$40.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Precious Baby (3/1) in race 1 at Delaware Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Hot Kitten won at Arlington paying $4.20 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 92/65/$495.80