TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time Noon
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Havens Lake – Good effort last time for a $50k price tag, now dropping to $32k; switching from turf to Cushion tonight.
Princess Susan M – Another strong candidate switching from turf to Cushion track; like the turn back in distance too.
Long Shot – Beau Chant
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Syndicator – Appears to be developing seconditis, but to his credit he is improving with each start; will be along in time.
Wayne Manor – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; his race two back for a tag was good.
Long Shot – Tizsong
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Solar Miss – All the logical contenders drew the parking lot posts; slender choice because Bejarano can make a difference.
Private Quarters – Drew the worst post of all; Brian Koriner babies typically improve a lot in their second career start.
Long Shot – Precious Union
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $51,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Street Lights – Should be ready to fire his best in third start off a 11-month sabbatical; great try in last losing effort.
Usurp – Monster MSW win for Ron Ellis; he switches to the main man, Rafael Bejarano, but figures to get way overbet today.
Long Shot – Winsome Charm
Race 5 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $300,000 Charlie Whittingham Memorial Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Champs Elysess – Was forced to move early last time due to a dawdling pace; Bejarano will take back and make one big run.
Monzante – Appeared overmatched last time in the Mervyn LeRoy; tries turf marathon where Mike Mitchell has a magical touch.
Long Shot – Artiste Royal
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Yankee Station – Very good debut considering trainer John Shirreffs doesn’t wind them too tight; expect improvement today.
Ace High Hand – Beaten favorite ran well last time off a 11-month sabbatical; figures to improve a step putting him right there.
Long Shot – Victor’s Cry
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $175,000 Honeymoon Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Missit – Won her U.S. debut and I doubt if Ben Cecil had her really cranked up; her upside potential has yet to be reached.
Sweeter Still – She has shown a ton of guts in dogfights in her last four starts; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Bel Air Sizzle
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
Spot the Diplomat – Sliding down the claiming ladder for Carla Gaines; her barn has cooled after a monstrous Santa Anita meet.
Gray Black N White – Fought gamely in a rapidly paced turf sprint last time; returns to Cushion track where he’s done well.
Long Shot – Hit and Hope
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $75,000 Redondo Beach, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Wake Up Maggie – There is so much speed in here, the race shape favors a closer; Joe Talamo is as patient as they come.
Passified – Dead game effort to lose a photo off a 7-month hiatus; she has proven she does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – Lemon Chiffon
Race 10 – 7 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Bold Chieftain – I’ve always liked this horse, and have cashed a few times on him; Russell Baze can sit a stalking trip.
Tropic Storm – Speedy win last time with a promise of more on the stretch out; his form improved a lot over synthetics.
Long Shot – Dixie Meister
Race 11 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Excessive Tale – Failed first time off the claim for Frank Monteleone; taken to win maybe second time off the claim.
Spy Aly – Steve Knapp likes to win on the drop and this mare is really dropping in class, like an anchor; flash early speed.
Long Shot – Bold Cleo
Best Bet – Champs Elysess (race 5)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$12.80; Long Shots, 7/2/$16.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 518/136/$877.20; Long Shots, 263/23/$240.20; Best Bets, 30/16/$68.40