TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Mud Sweat ‘n Tears – Just missed facing tougher in last; she has tons of back class and should handle these.
Catch Candy – Speedball will try to bottom out the field; finished in the money all four Hollywood starts.
Long Shot – Primed and Poised
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Sognatore – To say things are going good for Bobby Frankel is an understatement; this colt will stretch out fine.
Champagne Squall – Stablemate to Casino Drive, he faces a much easier task; doesn’t seem to have much speed though.
Long Shot – Double Mount
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Fire Break – Big class drop and turning back in distance to face these; figures to close fastest of all.
Carson’s Copper – Second race off the claim by Richard Baltas; note he hires top rider Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – Quityerbellyaching
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Echo West – Natural speedball finds his softest field yet; big rider switch to Bejarano for the money shot.
Just for Us – Showed much improved speed in last and could be turning the corner; took some betting too.
Long Shot – Bubsy
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Squeeze Me Tight – Won twice for Ron Ellis since he claimed her for $50k; willing to lose her to win another.
Felicitee – Speedy sort picks up Garrett Gomez; key is she is dropping in class in search of victory.
Long Shot – Bachelorette One
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Walker Rd. – Showing signs of improvement, now is dropped again in class; saves ground under savvy Aaron Gryder.
Freedom Ride – Two major moves, switches to Vladimir Cerin and running first time for a claiming price.
Long Shot – Justdontcallmejeri
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $39,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Swift Demand – Ran well in the Legends race, but faltered late; should improve and picks up Garrett Gomez.
Spot the Diplomat – Logical chalk is taking a red flag drop to face these; he could win this race on memory.
Long Shot – King of the City
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Hotsie – Was well bet and showed speed in his career debut; Chantal Sutherland handles long shots with aplomb.
Cach D Fish – Logical chalk has been second best twice in a row; he has tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Miki’s King
Best Bet – Sognatore (race 2)
Hollywood Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$15.00; Long Shots, 7/2/$18.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Hollywood Totals – 84/20/$103.80; Long Shots, 40/3/$40.20; Best Bets, 5/3/$10.00