TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 7:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, $70,000 Great Lady M, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Reba Is Tops – Gutsy win last time over many of these tonight; saves all the ground under Joe Talamo.
Queen Ofthe Catsle – Big chance for a minor upset in a tight fit; has the best closing kick in the field.
Long Shot – Porto Marnay
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $12,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
Kaffeinator – Speedball sliding down the claiming ladder to this bottom rung; plays catch me if you can.
Orientation Hall – Has been effective before around 2-turns; figures to save all the ground throughout.
Long Shot – Joshua’s Dream
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Royal Fortune – Couldn’t win for Rosario or Bejarano, now tries Garrett Gomez; has burn money so far.
Gumption – Should get a nice stalking trip under Mike Smith; just don’t expect him to save any ground.
Long Shot – Surprises Welcomed
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
Yankee Visionary – Gomez looks like he’s getting back into stride; must break up the duo of Bejarano-Rosario.
Principle Secret – His 2 tries at 7-furlongs have been placings; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot – Lang Field
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Pacific Halo – Perfect ground saving trip in a bulky field; Jorge Periban takes the blinkers off.
Great Raid – No jockey is riding better than Joel Rosario; biggest class drop from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – Fiery Rebel
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
Forest Phantom – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this very winable spot; Jennie Green has won out already.
Honouramongfriends – Jeff Mullins drops this guy down our throats; could win by daylight or walk home.
Long Shot – Scott’s Spirit
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Itshim – We’ve seen John Sadler before win with a first time U.S. invader; like Bejarano taking the call.
Position A – Tepid chalk in a difficult leg of the pick 6; hope you’re live to a $522K carryover tonight.
Long Shot – Hiya Silver
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cactus Flyer – The ones with experience all look awful; FTS from Jeff Mullins has the great Garrett Gomez up.
Suances de Espana – FTS from Darrell Vienna who has been sneaky good with debut runners; watch the tote for clues.
Long Shot – Tribal Fire
Best Bet – Pacific Halo (race 5)
Hollywood Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$18.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$16.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.00
Hollywood Park Totals – 598/145/$1,039.40; Long Shots, 300/50/$544.20; Best Bets, 33/11/$44.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Lover of Dreams (5/2) in race 6 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Trevelyan won at Belmont Park paying $5.60 to win, $2.60 to place and no show wagering. Stats – 86/68/$503.10