TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1:20 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $36,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Change Your Mask – Mike Mitchell off the claim is constant in SoCal; owner Bob Bone selects many live ones, expect improvement.
M Biarritz – Doug O’Neill has an uncoupled entry, necessary to make the race go; outside posts are stinky at this distance.
Long Shot – Outlaw Jones
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Four Paws – Like the big class drop from MSW to maiden claiming versus the favorite; her races two and three back are good.
Texas Dolly – Morning line chalk was claimed by Rafael Becerra last time out; small, but important, class rise for this.
Long Shot – Quite Beautiful
Race 3 – 1 1/4 miles, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Mostacolli Mort – His Cushion track win last time was a real crusher; not sure if he’s even facing a tougher group today.
Fire Wood – He has been stuck at this same class level now for two years; he’s consistent, 12 seconds in 28 lifetime starts.
Long Shot – Capitano
Race 4 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Streamin Heat – Wesley Ward did not win as many baby drag races in Arcadia as we’re accustomed too; this filly will be quick.
Comic Club – Slight favorite has shown plenty of speed in a.m. drills; Joe Talamo has been struggling to maintain his business.
Long Shot – Mountain Guide
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $41,000, Claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds
Professnl Courtesy – Was bothered badly in the stretch last time in a key juncture of the race; his lone turf race stunk.
Doneitagain – Mitchell claimed this horse at Gulfstream, makes his SoCal debut today; this is a very evenly matched group.
Long Shot – Tracton’s Golden
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Smooch – Note she’s taking a big class drop from open claiming to non-winners of two races lifetime; will be a very short price.
No Name Just Game – Second best to Ann’s Plan last time who won again on Wednesday; will be grinding forward in the stretch.
Long Shot – Proud Garrison
Race 7 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Starry Pursuit – Can sit a perfect ground saving trip, especially if Ingrid the Gambler leads; her race two back was good.
Ingrid the Gambler – Speedball fell apart last time in the much tougher Las Cienegas; gets class relief here, the one to catch.
Long Shot – Dancing Sky
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Poet of Cloth – In Joel Rosario we trust; there is no early speed in the field, so expect him to sit a bit closer today.
Bertie Boy – Tepid chalk has been in the money his four starts, that’s better than most in here; will be grinding late.
Long Shot – Most Decorated
Best Bet – Four Paws (race 2)
Hollywood Wednesday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$41.40; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.80
Hollywood Totals – 100/32/$229.60; Long Shots, 51/3/$32.20; Best Bets, 6/3/$13.00