TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
All Set – Just missed for a bigger price tag, albeit for NW2L; cannot find an easier spot to win a race.
Chilliwack – Been away 9-months; need not be much to drop down to the bottom and compete with these.
Long Shot – Oakhill Girl
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Saint Chocolate – Third start off a 9-month hiatus; cycle suggests this could be his best effort yet.
Blackbriar – Tepid chalk from a barn that seldom wins with the favorite; has good tactical speed.
Long Shot – Cee’s Closing Time
Race 3 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Malusita – Dueled hard last time and gave way grudingly; turns back in distance to a 1-turn elongated sprint.
Village Lady – Garrett Gomez hasn’t ridden many at the meet; he’s been choosy as well as a frequent flyer.
Long Shot – Lil Legal Linda
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Wait ‘n Sea – In a race this ugly, the less starts the better; FTS from Doug O’Neill has no blemishes, yet.
Secret Heiress – Horrible looking chalk from Matt Chew; he adds blinkers on so maybe a wakeup call.
Long Shot – Buster’s Hurricane
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Skippy Due – Nice win last time over much easier; still a value bet is on a long shot in good form.
Pistol Pete Afleet – Sliding down the claiming ladder for Jorge Periban; figures to get claimed soon.
Long Shot – Surf Town
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Global Inspiration – Chalk ran a winning race for this low level in last; plays catch me if you can.
Juicy Lucy – Another with decent early speed; Tyler Baze figures to stalk the favorite and grind late.
Long Shot – Goal Girl Michelle
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $50,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Win Allison Win – Won a NW1X for Cal-breds; she’s still eligible for this condition in open company.
Royal Fortune – MSW winner for Neil Drysdale; like that Garrett Gomez remains loyal to the cause.
Long Shot – Dreamalong
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Cat Calloway – Play on the name of music great Cab Calloway; Cab, by the way, was a huge horse racing fan.
Awesome Swiss – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; chance to grind late.
Long Shot – Warren’s Andrew
Best Bet – Saint Chocolate (race 2)
Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/6/$41.40; Long Shots, 10/1/$9.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Hollywood Park Totals – 858/214/$1,526.20; Long Shots, 428/69/$714.60; Best Bets, 47/20/$86.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Hot Money (7/2) in race 8 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Talkin About Love ran third at Monmouth Park paying $2.60 to show. Stats – 101/82/$600.80