TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Elusive Pleasure – Chalk takes a subtle drop in class and takes the blinkers off; should have more tactical speed.
Solo Performance – Second start off the claim by John Sadler; expect improvement and a rally from off the pace.
Long Shot – Top Gone
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Spanish Ice – Gets class relief from the Cal Cup for this first level condition; like the turn back in distance.
Grace Gryder – Late running style to suggest she’ll like more distance; will do her best in the latter stages.
Long Shot – Forty Dates
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Unusual Heather – Tries turf for the first time; shows a lot of ability, Art Sherman wants to experiment.
Excitement – Her two turf races were a lot better than her synthetic tries; also has good turf form in England.
Long Shot – Eileen’s Violin
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
I Want Revenge – Jeff Mullins had a quiet Oak Tree, don’t expect the same at Hollywood; first time going long.
Hurley’s Way – Trainer Bob Baffert doesn’t claim many so this raises eyebrows; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – Massone
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $55,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds and up
Isipingo – Classy sort has been away 9-months; this is a prep for bigger fish, but he is extremely talented.
Trimaran – Bobby Frankel cull beat cheaper in last, now is price protected; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot -Sartorial
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Stuttgart – Sadler is giving Gomez first call on everything, and why not; she should be along in time.
Splendid Kiss – Draw a line thru a miserable turf try and she looks OK; flattered when She’s Cheeky won again.
Long Shot – Black Eyed Lady
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $65,000 Dance in the Mood, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Queen Ofthe Catsle – Brilliant turf sprinter rarely runs a bad one; she draws inside so expect a good trip.
America’s Friend – Class relief for this ungraded sod sprint stakes; the course clearly favors inside posts.
Long Shot – Peregian
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $10,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
Proud Heritage – Dead late closer will benefit from tiring early leaders; like he’s reunited with Joel Rosario.
Case Study – Speedball will try to bottom out the field; class drop can only help him.
Long Shot – Samwise
Best Bet – I Want Revenge (race 4)
Santa Anita Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$27.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$17.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.60
Santa Anita Final Totals – 446/105/$763.20; Long Shots, 216/29/$376.20; Best Bets, 25/9/$38.80