TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
D C Tapit – Big rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot; saves all the ground and rallies late.
Party Hard – Three straight seconds points him out; will find out if it’s seconditis or he breaks through.
Long Shot – The Usual Q. T.
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
If It Stays Fair – Was overmatched in the Khaled last time; is dropped way down in class to win.
Distinctive Afleet – Tepid favorite in an intriguing race; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Bullya
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Wendoffer – Leap of faith that Julio Canani has her ready off a 11-month hiatus; key vote of Garrett Gomez.
Inspired Storm – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this very winable spot; ran better over synthetics.
Long Shot – Alex B. Good
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Island Run – Flew home last time to just miss; figures to enjoy the extra bit of ground tonight.
Baroda Court – Sometimes the less races the better in this NW2L condition; still has an upside.
Long Shot – Too Much Heat
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Maui Mark – Proven nimble on both turf or synthetic; an Unusual Heat, he has a big closing late kick.
Slam Slew – Speedball will try and bottom out the field; Mandella colt has only one way of going.
Long Shot – Ron Bob and Dave
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Quality Plus – Ran like a good thing in debut until running on fumes late; should be tighter for this.
I Want My Money – Good education in his debut; Jeff Mullins babies typically improve with experience.
Long Shot – Turbo Energy
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $50,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Carona Time – Exits a key race where he was a stride late; key will be if there is enough early pace.
Gothic Samurai – Interesting U.S. invader from Neil Drysdale; must have been a bleeder, Lasix on.
Long Shot – Angus
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Satellite – Ran into a buzzsaw last time or he would have won again; repeat effort could crush these.
Hajji’s Honor – Sharp win on the drop for Brian Koriner; interesting that he opts to drop him again.
Long Shot – Kingsfield
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 San Clemente Handicap, 3-year-olds
Flashmans Papers – Was ill-suited for the Arlington Classic; his best races are all at home in SoCal.
Massone – Logical chalk off big tries in graded stakes; Garrett Gomez rode him in his best finishes.
Long Shot – Arden Park
Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Itlee – Ran OK first time for a price tag; slides down another notch and figures to improve some more.
Spendamillionbux – Ran well first time off the claim by Melody Conlon; Joel Rosario must save some ground.
Long Shot – Sovereign Lord
Best Bet – Quality Plus (race 6)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/6/$32.60; Long Shots, 10/2/$11.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.80
Hollywood Park Totals – 633/154/$1,094.60; Long Shots, 317/55/$599.80; Best Bets, 35/12/$49.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #9 Move Same Move (3/1) in race 10 at Arlington Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Battle of Hastings won at Colonial Downs paying $7.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Stats – 88/70/$523.10