TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Justdontcallmejeri – Moves from parking lot post 10 to the rail tonight; should sit a cozy trip for Rafael Bejarano.
Island Run – Any time Garrett Gomez or Bejarano sticks with a horse that ran poorly in last, pay extra attention.
Long Shot – Tiffanyspringsroad
Race 2 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Pocosin’s Game Boy – The rail post is an advantage in Hollywood turf sprints; could be a Bejarano daily double.
Red Arrow – John Sadler has an uncoupled entry, but this one has Gomez up; the other half is Broctane.
Long Shot – Premium Quality
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Mama Lula – Just missed last time in a sharp try; Bejarano has a chance now to win a personal pick 3.
Mr. Rocha – Interesting claim by trainer Ron Ellis; he doesn’t take many, but they usually improve a lot.
Long Shot – Persian Honey
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $66,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds and up
Gayego – Didn’t run a step in last off a 6-month hiatus; blinkers off here, expect a lot of improvement.
Talkin to Mom Roo – Didn’t fire the way he did at Fairplex two races back; leap of faith that he’ll rebound.
Long Shot – Peace Chant
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
Kris Silver – The most dangerous play in racing is lone speed; expect Tyler Baze to ration out his energy.
Lockford – Had a tough trip in a key part of the race last time; Gomez saves ground and finishes fast late.
Long Shot – Be Realistic
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cajun Corredor – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; just missed in last, now O’Neill switches to Gomez.
Lemon – Dead late closer should see a lively pace to chase; like the switch to Alan Garcia, a real comer.
Long Shot – Elusive Pleasure
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), $500,000 Matriarch, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Visit – Bobby Frankel has an uncoupled entry that will be hard to stop; this deep closer gets Garrett Gomez.
Precious Kitten – The other Frankel has underachieved in 2008; she exits the toughest race, the BC Mile.
Long Shot – Cocoa Beach
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $49,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Mr. Hot Stuff – Full brother to Colonel John got a test drive in debut; Eoin Harty adds blinkers on for this.
Acclamation – Outran his high odds in debut; Don Warren babies typically improve in their second career start.
Long Shot – New Bay
Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $500,000 Hollywood Derby, 3-year-olds
Gio Ponti – Tiny edge in a very difficult stakes; lost a close call to Madeo in the Del Mar Derby.
Madeo – Should have won the Oak Tree Derby but was blocked in the stretch; clear sailing will decide this.
Long Shot – Court Vision
Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Catsalot – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Gomez sticks around for a cheapie.
Shelbydell – Phoenix shipper has faced winners already in Turf Paradise; Jeff Mullins is always dangerous.
Long Shot – Plaza Queen
Best Bet – Mr. Hot Stuff (race 8)
Hollywood Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/7/$40.00; Long Shots, 10/1/$8.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.60
Hollywood Totals – 391/104/$702.40; Long Shots, 200/18/$178.00; Best Bets, 22/11/$40.00