TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Excessive Blend – FTS won for Carla Gaines like she could be something special; gets her first taste of winners.
North Rodeo – For a NW1X she has earned nearly $150K; certainly fast enough to earn another nice paycheck.
Long Shot – Woman Warrior
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
In Daddy’s Honor – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this comfort level; will be grinding fast late.
Up Your Wager – Second start off a 2-year hiatus; Jerry Hollendorfer adds blinkers on, big class drop.
Long Shot – Bewitching Gem
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Anabaa’s Creation – She came to the U.S. with a solid reputation; her debut win did nothing to diminish that.
Cat by the Tale – Lost last time in a stakes caliber field; has improved since importing to the states.
Long Shot – Zardana
Race 4 – 5 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Necessary Evil – Doug O’Neill has been showing off some quick babies; suspect the tote board will be singing.
Magic Yodeler – Respect Mike Harrington at Hollywood; he saves all his Swiss Yodeler babies for this meet.
Long Shot – Ghost Shadow
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $50,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Cavanal – Tiny edge in a difficult leg of the pick 6 carryover; the winner will have to get the best trip.
Nima’s Pad – Exits a much tougher Cal-bred stakes for this open allowance; rallies fast at a square price.
Long Shot – Mr. Big
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Job Boss – Must overcome a parking lot post; shown tactical speed to sit a perfect stalking trip.
Itlee – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to win.
Long Shot – Domestic Brew
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Acting Lady – Proved her mettle on turf and in this class two back in the Providencia; the one to beat.
Well Monied – Has moved forward tremendously since switching to grass; gets test for class in this.
Long Shot – Century Park
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Unionize – Stretches out and adds blinkers on for the first time; he needs to relax to conserve his energy.
Hidden Blessing – Two good effort for a low percentage barn; Janet Armstrong takes the blinkers off.
Long Shot – Caspian
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Stormy Game – Rough trip the last couple of times out; suspect he’ll be tough with some clear sailing.
Senor Afortunado – Tepid chalk in a hard finale to a rich pick 6 carryover; just missed last time out.
Long Shot – Razor Cut
Best Bet – Anabaa’s Creation (race 3)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$47.00; Long Shots, 10/2/$18.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 431/109/$767.60; Long Shots, 217/35/$390.600; Best Bets, 24/9/$35.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Silvercup Baby (10/1) in race 10 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Scholastic won at Monmouth Park paying $3.00 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 78/62/$468.90