TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
Surf Town – Jerry Hollendorfer drop down has a big back class edge; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Camisado – Big class rise off a sharp win for $8K; he loves synthetics and may be up to the tough task.
Long Shot – Funny Me
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Word Association – Logical chalk just missed last time facing similar; was flattered when Sandy Cheeks won next out.
Dance the Dance – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – Creme Dela Suances
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf), $50,000 Contested Bid, 3-year-olds
Golden Mexico – Christophe Clement SoCal division is off to a slow start; I still expect him to do well.
Pleasure to Ride – He’s earned this stakes chance with bull dog tenacity; will attend the pace and fight late.
Long Shot – Feisty Suances
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Ben’s Bullet – Been away 6-months; big class dropper, offers solid value at 6/1 odds under Brice Blanc.
Smokenomore – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; exits a career topper, a repeat of that may be good enough.
Long Shot – Smokey Beau
Race 5 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds
Megillah – Either of his last two races are fast enough to beat these; like the subtle turn back in distance.
Brave Justice – He returns to facing his friends today; hasn’t won this year, but this is a very easy spot.
Long Shot – Aquicksting
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Alphie’s Bet – One race experience can be a major helper; was bet in debut, albeit in a 6-horse field.
Lending Freeze – Among 10 FTS in this wide open field; you’ll have a big edge of seeing the tote board action.
Long Shot – Lone Justice
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $27,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cavanal – Just missed in last for $50K, dropped to $40K today; similar effort makes him the one to beat.
Laddies Poker – Last time he ran for a price tag, he lost by a dirty nose; among many with a good late kick.
Long Shot – Kris Silver
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 Bayakoa, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Eissoai – Huge upset chance in the hardest race of the day; remember Goncalino Almeida, one of the good guys.
Teamgeist – Ken McPeek has lost twice as the chalk this meet; big switch to top local rider Alex Solis.
Long Shot – Cat by the Tale
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Verdicus – Woodbine shipper may have more back class than many of these; square 6/1 price on a live invader.
Bev’s Ex – Tepid chalk in another difficult heat; 6-YO has made only 3 career starts, what does that say to you?
Long Shot – Spinning Sound
Best Bet – Word Association (race 2)
Hollywood Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/2/$14.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$13.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Hollywood Totals – 266/64/$405.40; Long Shots, 131/19/$193.80; Best Bets, 15/7/$24.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Day Trippi (7/5) in race 1 at Fair Grounds. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Cuff Me won at Aqueduct paying $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 180/128/$1,007.20