TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Trilliant – Finally got the trip in last because Michael Baze just sent; expect similar tactics.
Craig’s Storm – Slides down in class to his known comfort zone; figures to be grinding hard late.
Long Shot – Storm Machine
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $55,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Star Redeemer – Big finish last time and could be sitting on go for John Sadler; he’s had chances too.
Raise the River – If he couldn’t win last time at 4/5 odds, will he ever win; logical chalk again.
Long Shot – Ashley’s Cutie
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
His Boy Elroy – Has put together two strong races for this class level; needs some pace to close into.
Bullybullybully – Second best to a nice horse in Wagels; should still be improving after just two starts.
Long Shot – Niger River
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $57,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
B’s Lucky Strike – Should see a nice trip from the rail; dead late closer will save important ground.
Arcodoro – Speedball should have no trouble getting to the top; Joe Talamo must slow down the early pace.
Long Shot – Sulution
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $62,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Screen to Screen – Bob Baffert cull figures to have an easy time on the lead; Joe Talamo in front again.
Hard Bill – Don’t like the rail at this elongated sprint; do like that Garrett Gomez will get him a trip.
Long Shot – Davos
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $55,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Sterling Outlook – Tough trip in last; Peter Miller switches to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
Lookin at Lucky – FTS from the Bob Baffert barn; has bullet works and gets Garrett Gomez to ride.
Long Shot – Pulsion
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $66,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Missit – Showed big improvement up in NoCal; like that Ben Cecil hires hot riding Joel Rosario.
Allicansayis Wow – Gets big time class relief from the Vanity and Milady; has good tactical speed.
Long Shot – Hot ‘n Dusty
Race 8 – 1 1/4 miles, $700,000 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup, 3-year-olds and up
Life Is Sweet – Filly ran a huge race when second to stablemate Zenyatta; chance for a major upset.
Parading – Tepid chalk ships west for Shug McGaughey; he rarely leaves home unless he has a big shot.
Long Shot – Bullsbay
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Earstoyou – Her big maiden win at Keeneland points her out; if she can handle Polytrack, she can handle Pro Ride.
Lavender Touch – Speedball was flattered when Forty Dates won next out; she’ll play catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Good Night Gyrene
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf), $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Gotta Have Her – Tyler Baze had her too far back chasing a pedestrian pace; pace scenario to her liking.
Tuscan Evening – Set a soft pace last time and was not caught; fractions should be honest today.
Long Shot – Lemon Chiffon
Race 11 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Lion Princess – Hot riding bugboy Christian Santiago gets another live one; should just send to the front.
Crafty Starlit – Should get a square price with Kayla Stra up; could sit a bit closer tonight.
Long Shot – Anundeniablyhappy
Best Bet – B’s Lucky Strike (race 4)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$20.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Hollywood Park Totals – 817/202/$1,451.80; Long Shots, 408/67/$693.00; Best Bets, 45/19/$83.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Separatist (5/2) in race 1 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Karakorum Elektra won at Belmont Park paying $5.50 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 85/67/$492.90