TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time Noon
Race 1 — 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Yodelen Dan — Just got up last time while facing slightly tougher; Jeff Mullins now drops him in class again.
Niccolo Dream — Sharp upset winner in last; moves up one rung, but appears capable of another good one.
Long Shot – Justinplace
Race 2 — 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Scibelli — Tepid chalk is an ugly pick in a bad race; sliding down the claiming ladder to this low level.
Ask George — The less starts at this bottom level, the better; could improve in career start number 3.
Long Shot — Downtown Banker
Race 3 — 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Raise the River — Been second best 6-of-8 starts; either heís unlucky or prone to seconditis, runs fast figures.
The Usual Q.T. — Been away 8-months, but showed promise last fall; Unusual Heat tend to improve switching to turf.
Long Shot — Discontent
Race 4 — 61/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Warrenís Pepe — Big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Russian Liquor — Rebounded with a nice try after an awful Grey Memo race two back; will be closing late.
Long Shot — Capt. Pike
Race 5 — 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds
Defense King — Would be easy to dismiss off a poor last race; key for me is Rafael Bejarano returns to ride.
Tavern — Sliding down the claiming ladder like many of these; will find his best stride late under Alex Solis.
Long Shot — Defying Logic
Race 6 — 1 mile (turf), $70,000 Redondo Beach, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Gorgeous Goose — There is so much early pace in here, the closers must be flattered; perfect trip in last.
Dawn After Dawn — Just missed in last at Churchill facing a tougher field than this; saves all the ground for Rosario.
Long Shot — Miss Singhsix
Race 7 — 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Dine At Nine — The speed of the speed turns back in distance; it could allow her to be more stout in the late stages.
Thatís Hot — Slides down the claiming ladder to this very winnable spot; square price with Danny Sorenson up.
Long Shot — No Ka Oi
Race 8 — 71/2 furlongs, $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Liberian Freighter — Chance to repeat as he may have found his niche in 1-turn races; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Noble Court — Dislike the rail post in an elongated sprint; he is a hard trier who is best in 1-turn sprints.
Long Shot — Star Nicholas
Race 9 — 11/4 miles (turf), $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Midships — Pace edge to the likely lone speed leader; has gotten brave on the lead and held on gamely twice.
Madeo — Dead late closer cannot count on anyone else for help; Mike Smith may need to move a furlong sooner.
Long Shot — Artiste Royal
Race 10 — 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Atlantic Victory — His race 2-back, if repeated, puts him right there; Ron McAnally adds blinkers on for speed.
Dirt Diver — Miserable try in last, now Paul Aguirre takes the blinkers off; his debut race could be fast enough.
Long Shot — Bradytomoss
Best Bet – Raise the River (race 3)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$29.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$11.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.40
Hollywood Totals – 464/119/$829.80; Long Shots, 233/37/$416.20; Best Bets, 26/10/$39.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Forever Together (6/5) in race 7 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Danemei ran third at Monmouth Park paying $2.10 to show. Stats – 81/64/$475.50