TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time Noon
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Cape Diver – If Victor Espinoza would hug the rail, which he seldom does, this filly could be hard to catch.
Stanford Dolly – Tepid chalk in which every horse has a chance to upset; grinder has won 6-of-17 starts.
Long Shot – E Bee Girl
Race 2 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Sky Victor – Ran two decent races facing much tougher foes at Del Mar; been away 9-months, fresh and fit.
Fabulous Forum – Speedball provides the target for all comers; did everything but win last time out.
Long Shot – Hovig
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
Joe Carl – Sharp second in last, now dropped down a peg by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; the one to beat.
Wolfgang – Was grossly overmatched in the Snow Chief; Bill Spawr places him honestly where he belongs.
Long Shot -Flatter Me Again
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Underground – I know one thing for sure, Bob Baffert is not saddling this filly; watch the board for clues.
Meili – From a low percentage barn, but apparently has impressed some clockers; she could get sneaky action.
Long Shot – Somethingtobelieve
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Devoted Magic – He should have won 3 races already for Jerry Hollendorfer; tries a new pilot today.
A Lil Dumaani – Speedy sort figures to be mixing it up early; gets class relief from the Tiznow Stakes.
Long Shot – Bestdressed
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Expensive Art – Big rider switch by Jim Cassidy to his main man David Flores; still lots of potential here.
Air Fair – Bit off more than she could chew in the Providencia; turns back in distance to her comfort level.
Long Shot – Heathsdaddysbaby
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Flew First Class – Figures to sit a nice trip under Tyler Baze; has a ton of back class to rely upon.
Curvey Star – Red flag favorite is dropped from $40K to this level by John Sadler; it’s part of the claiming game.
Long Shot – Thankfully
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Warren’s Pepe – Solid second in the Grey Memo, now gets class relief tonight; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Dolrdolrbillyall – Chance to lead or follow close-up under Tyler Baze; interesting race strategy decision.
Long Shot – Spirit of Cochise
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Paul’s Hope – Huge rally last time to just miss in the Potrero Grande; a much faster horse on synthetics.
Doppio – Here is another synthetic track specialist; just missed at 21-1 odds in the grassy San Simeon.
Long Shot – Red Arrow
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Niger River – Broke slow in last, but finished fastest of all; grinder in a race full of slowpokes.
Judge Kent – Faltered around 2-turns in last; proven better as a closing sprinter, turns back here.
Long Shot – Marcade
Best Bet – Paul’s Hope (race 9)
Hollywood Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$18.60; Long Shots, 6/1/$9.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40
Hollywood Totals – 275/67/$471.40; Long Shots, 139/22/$243.40; Best Bets, 16/6/$26.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 Daring Child (8/1) in race 6 at Arlington. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Gatorette ran out at Pimlico. Stats – 69/54/$410.80