TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $10,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Sunset Tijuana – Beaten favorite takes a small, but important, class drop; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Classy Bay – Tepid chalk in an open race; moves from the extreme outside post 13 to the rail for this try.
Long Shot – Stormy Racer
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $9,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
Vice Admiral – Just missed sprinting last time, now stretches back out around 2-turns; has a lot of back class.
Bodacat – Beaten favorite should get a perfect stalking trip from the outside post; another one not big at winning.
Long Shot – Proud Heritage
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Tom Quinn – Beaten favorite gets a favorable post on the class drop; suspect will stalk the early pace.
Bruin Beach – Not typical seeing Rafael Bejarano in such cheap races; appears ready to fire his best salvo.
Long Shot – Impregnable
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $42,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Royal Taat – Dead closer overpowered a weaker group in last; Garrett Gomez can still carve out a nice trip.
Pretty Carina – Invader for Bobby Frankel; her high cheese will be flattered by the turf rail out 20 feet.
Long Shot – Christiana’s Heat
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Grace Gryder – The logical contenders run with speed; expect Joe Talamo to sit a trip and fire fast late.
Dixie Hawks – One of the speedballs is favored under Rafael Bejarano; among many who just graduated.
Long Shot – Lu Baton
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Full On – FTS from Mike Pupye showed enough in the a.m. to seduce Gomez off the favorite; watch the tote.
Cajun Gent – Logical chalk has already lost 3 times at short odds; yet his speed figures are fast enough.
Long Shot – Star Time
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $40,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Kyniska – Irish invader for trainer Frankel; he appears ready to reload for 2009 with great looking stock.
Lemon Punch – Steady runner has lacked the killer instinct to convert victories; figures to be grinding late.
Long Shot – Darling Mambo
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Thelma Rose – To see Bejarano and Gomez ride in a race this cheap, they must be live; grinder in the lane.
Glow Girl Go – FTS from trainer Doug O’Neill; Gomez doesn’t ride to give a horse a race, they are ready to go.
Long Shot – O Firefly
Best Bet – Kyniska (race 7)
Hollywood Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$30.60; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.80
Hollywood Totals – 244/63/$411.20; Long Shots, 124/8/$91.20; Best Bets, 14/6/$21.40