TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $38,000, Claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Heroi Do Bafra – Perfect trip second last time facing a harder field; this is the weakest he’s ever faced.
Stormin Away – Jeff Mullins waves the red flag on this guy; he’s favored and has the most back class.
Long Shot – Macduff
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Play Nine – Big class drop off a decent effort for $75k in last; there’s not much to beat in this group.
Rev Her Up – Have every right to believe she’ll improve in second start; flattered when Kickin Kongo won.
Long Shot – South of France
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Twin Turbo – Didn’t get going until too late in last; Gomez remains loyal which is a very positive sign.
Specific Rule – Just missed last time off a 26-month sabbatical; key will be if he bounces in today’s start.
Long Shot – Bullya
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Wild Fleece – Solid second in last, is the one to beat tonight; Bejarano and Gomez ride most of the favorites.
Sweet October – Good tactical speed to sit a trip under Jon Court; Lewis Cenicola adding blinkers on.
Long Shot – Feel Free to Flee
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Sure Thing Eva – Got a good test drive in last off a 9-month hiatus; switch to Gomez signals intent.
Wineshine – This is a class drop despite the price tag rise from $12,500 to $10k; key is been away 8-months.
Long Shot – Cavanaugh
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Casual Encounter – Wide trip from post 10 in last; should get a better trip, enough to get over the hump.
Bettyboomboom – Even performance in career debut; expect improvement as she slips down the claiming ladder.
Long Shot – Always Pretty
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $59,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Dilemma – Tepid favorite in a very difficult heat; Paddy Gallagher adds blinkers on and Garrett Gomez to ride.
Lang Field – Lone speed is always dangerous; Jon Court should dictate the pace and nurse him along.
Long Shot – Bonjour
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Mark of a Pirate – Been burning money of late or knocking on the door to graduate; depends on your point of view.
Top Gone – Taking a serious class drop to face the worst field of his life; rider switch to patient Joe Talamo.
Long Shot – Royal Seal
Best Bet – Play Nine (race 2)
Hollywood Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$59.60; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 168/41/$271.80; Long Shots, 83/4/$50.40; Best Bets, 10/4/$13.20