TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1:20 p.m.
Race 1 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Granite – Was bothered in his career debut, but still ran well; Mike Harrington colt should improve in his second start.
Giveitagomate – FTS from the always dangerous baby barn of Adam Kitchingman; no bullet works, but watch the tote board.
Long Shot – Got Alot Going
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
In Daddy’s Honor – Did everything but win last time in a top effort; Mike Mitchell keeps bugboy Campos on for another chance.
Sweet Roseman – Claimed by Frank Monteleone who legs up his main man Victor Espinoza; adds blinkers on, will be live.
Long Shot – Almacita
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Magnificience – She has been away a year, but she couldn’t have picked a softer return race; will she look like Big Brown?
Renagade Ruby – Subtle turn back in distance off a sharp win in last; Tyler Baze won’t change her running style for this.
Long Shot – Steelin’
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Sneaky Jack – Beaten favorite in last was claimed by Vladmir Cerin; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano who moves horses up.
Smooch – First leg of the pick 6 with a $134k carryover; Valdivia appeared to win last time with something left in the tank.
Long Shot – Back in the Shade
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $53,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Liberian Freighter – Despite winning a NW1X for Cal-breds, he’s eligible for the same condition in open company; Bejarano again.
Cadillac – Decent U.S. debut down the hillside turf course in last; big rider switch to Mike Smith, can be along in time.
Long Shot – Propaganda
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds
Texas Dolly – Alex Solis refused to give her her head in last, costing her the win; if she wants to go, don’t fight her Alex.
Stettler – Turf Paradise shipper joins the barn of Jeff Mullins; she may seem overmatched, but her workouts speak otherwise.
Long Shot – Warm ‘n Toasty
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $37,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
No Ka Oi – Reclaimed by Jack Carava, a very strong trainer angle; she steps up two notches in class, but has never been better.
The King’s Lass – Makes her third start off a 1-year hiatus; she is making a subtle turn back in distance for this.
Long Shot – Exquisite Beauty
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial, 3-year-olds
Salute the Sarge – Didn’t run a step at Keeneland in the Lexington, but that’s happened to others; better as a closing sprinter.
Dixie Chatter – He beat Salute the Sarge in the Norfolk, but that was his last start 8-months ago; prepping for the Affirmed.
Long Shot – Afleet Ruler
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Aspen Diamond – Was never asked for, nor given a chance to, compete in her debut; Victor Espinoza rides with the go sign.
Cassablanca – Tepid chalk in a difficult finale to the pick 6; could not beat easier at Bay Meadows, it’s another spread race.
Long Shot – Love and War
Best Bet – Magnificience (race 3)
Hollywood Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/3/$13.60; Long Shots, 11/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Hollywood Totals – 314/79/$525.40; Long Shots, 159/13/$122.00; Best Bets, 17/8/$36.00