TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $36,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Summers At Delmar – Key is claim by Julio Canani; he can turn a horse around as good as any one in the business.
Sgt. Hitchens – When the horses with experience look this bad, one way to go is with the FTS; Drysdale and Bejarano.
Long Shot – Churchonsunday
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $27,000, Starter Allowance $20,000, 2-year-olds
That Ol’blackmagic – Crushing win first off the claim by Mike Mitchell; he apppears to have much more room to grow.
Ministers Altarboy – Won an abbreviated sprint in debut; stretching out around 2-turns in that won’t be an easy task.
Long Shot – Ur Turn Dubai
Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $42,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Don’t Forget Faith – Ben Cecil takes the blinkers off for this; she is a better filly than showed in last.
Birdie Birdie – She beat tougher at Del Mar, now moves up a class; saves all the ground and grinds late.
Long Shot – Alpine Yodel
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
You Can Dream – Claimed by Doug O’Neill off a slow victory; she can run faster and may be dangerous in here.
Kimmyv – Impressive maiden claiming win; suspect Bob Baffert filly won be exposed for a price tag for a while.
Long Shot – Terrify
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $36,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Camp Victory – Was flattered when both Macias and Via Verde won next out; bred to move forward on sod.
Oceanographer – Ran a winning race in defeat last time; we’ll see which colt shows up today.
Long Shot – Do What U Dare
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Scottish Diamond – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class level; appears to be much the best.
Steady Demand – Tactical speed to sit a perfect trip; got caught up in an unnecessary speed duel last time.
Long Shot – Public Image
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
Sartorial – Dead late closer should see a solid pace to close into; third start off a 8-month hiatus.
Knockout Artist – Gets huge class relief to face a much easier group; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Polonius
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Hollywood Prevue, 2-year-olds
American Lion – Was flattered when Positive Split won next out; bred to get better as the distances lengthen.
Indian Firewater – Bob Baffert has a tough uncoupled entry; suspect one will press forward, the other will take back.
Long Shot – Macias
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Extra Energy – Huge class drop to face a much easier task; was well bet in last despite a disappointing effort.
Nena Ideal – Key for me is Rafael Bejarano takes the call; ran evenly in debut, may be a hidden test drive.
Long Shot – Bonnie Brown Eyes
Best Bet – That Ol’blackmagic (race 2)
Hollywood Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$13.60; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Hollywood Totals – 83/21/$116.60; Long Shots, 41/5/$51.00; Best Bets, 5/2/$6.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Mike From Queens (8/5) in race 3 at the Meadowlands. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Smirk ran out at Charles Town. Stats – 171/125/$962.80