TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 7:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $34,000, Maiden claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds and up
Matty’s G Force – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Left Unsaid – Bobby Frankel cull is taking the same class drop as the favorite; Rafael Bejarano has not missed a beat.
Long Shot – Buzzin Mon
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $36,000, 4-year-olds and up
Quest Venture – Speedball will be aided by the turf rail out 20 feet; regardless, speed has done well on grass this meet.
Quasimodo – Give kudos to Wesley Ward for the great job he’s done with the veteran; will sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot – Waltz Time
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Topper’s Smiling – Third start off an 8-month hiatus can signal a positive cycle; has tons of back class to rely upon.
Excessive Tale – Tepid chalk has been away 7-month since claimed by Frank Monteleone; has a huge shot if she’s in one piece.
Long Shot – Kachina Dream
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Malabar Star – Filly ran a big race two back for Garrett Gomez to break her maiden; ran evenly in last, chance to rebound.
Inspiration Within – Finished in the money in her last 7 starts; consistent, but doesn’t say much about her killer instinct.
Long Shot – King City Kitty
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), $62,000 El Segundo, 4-year-olds and up
Giovanni – Speedball crashed and burned last time in the San Simeon; any faults then will be plusses over this turf course.
Unusual Suspect – Dead late closer has one way of going so he’ll sit and make one run; second start off a 4-month hiatus.
Long Shot – Bestdressed
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Master Cat – Ran a cropper last time after a strong try two races ago; takes a subtle, but significant, drop in class.
Happy Prayer – Claimed by Craig Lewis last out; first thing he does is add blinkers on, takes weight off with bugboy Campos.
Long Shot – Cavanaugh
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $51,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Lighten Up Rule – Claimed by Jeff Mullins, have every reason to expect improvement tonight; Tyler Baze is riding in top form.
Quid Non – Speedball is turning back in distance; underrated Richard Rosales could provide a small upset on the front end.
Long Shot – Mama Knows Best
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Dreams Afleet – At this low class level, often times the less start the better; could improve second time out for Cerin.
Ms. Manhattan Jack – Leap of faith that Jack Carava off the claim will be live; adds blinkers on and The Mig stays loyal.
Long Shot – Storming Slew
Best Bet – Master Cat (race 6)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$23.80; Long Shots, 8/4/$34.80; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 280/75/$508.20; Long Shots, 140/12/$114.80; Best Bets, 16/7/$32.00