TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 41/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
Gate to Wire – It’s interesting how one race experience, even a bad finish, can really help; Rafael Bejarano takes over.
Swiss Record – Trainer Mike Harrington has an uncoupled entry, both Swiss Yodeler get; suspect at least one can run.
Long Shot – Suitcase Simpson
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $55,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Aitcho – Ran well enough in last to usually win this NW2X condition; colt remains highly regarded.
Screen to Screen – Good effort in comeback sprint; now stretches back out around 2-turns, speed is doing well in Inglewood.
Long Shot – Cigar Man
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Wild Heart – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; helps heís a Baffert baby.
Crystal Empire R N – Another taking the steep drop from MSW to maiden claiming; Kathy Walsh adds blinkers on.
Long Shot – Youknowwhatilike
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Thelma Rose – Leap of faith that Bejarano would not leg up unless this guy is live; slides down the claiming ladder.
Phelps Street – Sharp maiden claiming win, now facing winners for the first time; won with complete authority.
Long Shot – Comeandcatchme
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $50,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Bet On Victor – Chased Supreme Summit who ran in the Withers at Aqueduct; has much more room to improve.
Quindici Man – Has won two straight and is going good right now; loses his rider Rosario to Bet On Victor.
Long Shot – Leavenworth
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Fabulous Forum – The Peter Miller barn is en fuego the first week of the Hollywood meet; having Bejarano helps.
Sky Victor – Trainer Brian Koriner has an uncoupled entry, so be wary; faced much tougher at Del Mar.
Long Shot – Adebayor
Race 7 – 61/2 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Mini Do – Speedball draws the rail to do her best thing; big trainer switch to the white hot Kathy Walsh bench.
Glorified – Logical chalk has not been seen in 1-year; was graded stakes placed, only question is her readiness.
Long Shot – Silver Swallow
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), $100,000 Inglewood Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Storm Military – Been away 8-months, but thatís not a big deal for Bobby Frankel; lone speed, the one to catch.
Madeo – Dead late closer has lots of ability; what holds him back is he is a magnet for traffic troubles.
Long Shot – Becrux
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
All Set – Bobby Frankel cull got no takers last time; she figures to have too much class for these pugs.
Gale in the Vale – Like the turn back in distance from a mile to 7-furlongs; put her into the race Joe Talamo.
Long Shot – Persuade Me
Best Bet – Aitcho (race 2)
Hollywood Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/3/$26.20; Long Shots, 10/1/$8.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 65/17/$119.80; Long Shots, 35/5/$64.60; Best Bets, 4/1/$3.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Western Sweep (2/1) in race 4 at Hawthorne. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Separatist ran second at Aqueduct paying $2.30 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 57/46/$359.60