TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1:20 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Applaud Dubai – In elongated sprints, I like two things, turn back plays and outside posts; Mullins give Almeida a bone.
In Daddy’s Honor – Tepid chalk mainly due to the hot trainer, Mike Mitchell; she won her one try at this 7-furlong distance.
Long Shot – Spanish Heat
Race 2 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $51,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Christiana’s Heat – Forgiving handicappers will give her one more chance as a beaten chalk; big rider switch to Michael Baze.
Rosangela – Bobby Frankel filly was impressive in winning her career debut; big step up to face winners, could be any kind.
Long Shot – Lochinvar’s Gold
Race 3 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up
I’m All Out – Gets class relief exiting a difficult allowance group; second start since claimed by O’Neill, expect improvement.
Cointreau – Hate the rail post leaving the chute, but on paper he has a big shot; never hurts to have Rafael Bejarano up.
Long Shot – Fight On
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Concerto’s Thunder – Leap of faith that the switch to SoCal will enhance him; O’Neill adds blinkers on and Bejarano.
Camel Point – Logical chalk off some good efforts in MSW company; his race two back, if repeated, is fast enough to win.
Long Shot – Anatolian Gold
Race 5 – 7 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
The Supply Program – Frank Monteleone off the claim is an under the radar good thing; he usually turns to main man Espinoza.
Lutyens – Too him a long time to break his maiden, but sometimes they learn to like the feeling; he is fast enough to upset.
Long Shot – Cut Trail
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Be Glorious – Frankel is done fooling around, he turns to Bejarano for the money shot; filly has clearly underachieved.
Boston Cat – Speedy sort will have to show early gas from a parking lot post; the Mig does have a long run to the first turn.
Long Shot – Courtly Couture
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Neko Bay – Square price on a horse that made a monsterous, but premature, move in last; Mike Smith just needs to be patient.
Monzante – Deserving favorite made the final move in the Santana Mile to put away the field; Bejarano picks him over others.
Long Shot – Zappa
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $53,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Frankelstein – That was a powerful win last time, may be in the best form of his career; does not need the lead to succeed.
Only Him – Tepid chalk is a come from behind horse who will need to see some pace to chase; exits a strong allowance test.
Long Shot – Steven’s Being
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
All Money No Love – Last as a 3/5 chalk in last, you must be a forgiving handicapper; he’ll be 8/1 facing an easier group.
Master Cat – Logical favorite ran great in return off a 14-month hiatus; if he doesn’t bounce, he will be awful tough.
Long Shot – Handsome Thomas
Best Bet – Neko Bay (race 7)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$27.00; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Hollywood Totals – 32/11/$62.20; Long Shots, 16/0/$0; Best Bets, 2/1/$3.00