TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Quarter Given – Woke up with a big run last time for second; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
Megastar – Finished just behind Quarter Given in last; Ron Ellis babies typical improve with race experience.
Long Shot – Ginello
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $36,000, Claiming $62,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Coatcheck Girl – Convincing win in last first off the claim by John Sadler; suspect there’s more in the gas tank.
Madeline Ruby – Pick is for forgiving handicapper’s only; like Joel Rosario up off a miserable run down the hill.
Long Shot – Forever My Love
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Fashion Trend – Third career start can be his best, so far; handled 2-turn turf route without a problem.
Top Seeded – Handled a class rise to MSW well in last; new challenge will be to handle today’s 2-turn distance.
Long Shot – Smoothe as Candy
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Golden Boy Mark – Tepid chalk in a bad field of maidens; some speed and the rail, grinds it out late.
Moby Trick – Quality of field is signified by the lack of Garrett Gomez, Rafael Bejarano or Joel Rosario in it.
Long Shot – Letsgetitright
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $40,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Quisisana – Was flattered when both Bootleg Annie and Flashover won next out; can sit just off Mi Chiamano Mimi.
Mi Chiamano Mimi – Speedball has the wood and the turf rail out 20 feet; plays catch me if you can for Gomez.
Long Shot – Rose Diamond
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Mark of a Warrior – Ran a winning race for this level in debut; nothing like a $270K baby running for $32k.
Driveliketiger – FTS from Peter Miller barn; know nothing about him, but he need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – Quillotano
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $46,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Loup Breton – Has more than a hint of class; like that Julio Canani hires Garrett Gomez to ride in U.S. debut.
Yorktown – Draw a line thru the Knickerbocker, hated the soft ground; handled synthetics OK in France.
Long Shot – Sporting Art
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $10,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Msty Aly – Need not be much horse to beat these; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip, drops in class too.
Unusally Hot – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level.
Long Shot – Paddlin Mud
Best Bet – Mark of a Warrior (race 6)
Hollywood Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$23.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$20.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.60
Hollywood Totals – 67/17/$103.00; Long Shots, 33/4/$43.00; Best Bets, 4/1/$3.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Yippety Yip (3/1) in race 5 at the Meadowlands. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Lord Snowden ran out at Aqueduct. Stats – 170/125/$962.80