TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
It’s Gotta Be Us – Offers value due to a lousy last race; he’s better than that, gets Gomez and shortens up.
My House My Rules – Chalk figures to get a good trip sitting on Beau Gris; big speed figure in last race.
Long Shot – Beau Gris
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Catana Perez – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.
Thelma Rose – Interesting rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; will be grinding in the stretch.
Long Shot – Najrana
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, $65,000 Its In The Air, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Bai and Bai – Want a long shot in a short field?; she ran miserably in the Cal Cup, but she’s better than that.
Model – Logical chalk has failed in every stakes race she’s tried; still her speed figures must be respected.
Long Shot – Eissoai
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $39,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Ashton Girl – Remember the inside posts have an edge in these turf sprints; saves ground and pounces late.
Schill – Claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; she figures to improve and gets Rafael Bejarano to ride.
Long Shot – Sweetsinginanita
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Early Anna – Like the fact that Hollywood Cushion track is her favorite surface; rested 4-months since a win.
Ann’s Plan – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; saves all the ground and grinds late.
Long Shot – Persian Honey
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Century Park – After drawing posts 11 & 10 her last 2 starts, she moves to the rail; ground saving trip.
Always Auditioning – Got an educational test drive at Belmont; the key for me is Garrett Gomez takes the call.
Long Shot – Screen Gem
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Moves Like a Cat – Bullet colt has a chance to be lone speed; was overmatched in the Cal Cup Starter Sprint.
Make Mine Vodka – Dead late closer takes a subtle, but important, class drop; will be flying fast late.
Long Shot – Taxi Fleet
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $44,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Jibboom – Returns to grass which appears to be her preferred surface; Gomez will sit a trip and rally late.
Elle Pickle – She appears to be the best dead late closer in a race packed with speed; Bejarano picks his spot.
Long Shot – Exquisite
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Island Run – When Gomez jumps off the favorite to ride another, you must pay attention; will be closing fast.
One More Week – Logical gets important class relief; his debut race was in this class and he ran a good second.
Long Shot – Fil’s Regent
Best Bet – Century Park (race 6)
Hollywood Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$27.60; Long Shots, 10/1/$21.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 67/16/$88.80; Long Shots, 33/1/$21.60; Best Bets, 4/2/$6.00