TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 7:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $22,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Canonita – Speedball will try to take these wire to wire; early speed has done better on cool Friday nights in Inglewood.
Angel’s Reward – Ran sluggishly in last so Gary Stute adds blinkers on for this; Nakatani will try to encourage him earlier.
Long Shot – Discover Dolly
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Dice Afare – At this bottom maiden claiming level, typically the less races the better; from the live Vladimir Cerin barn.
Warren’s Cookie – Has shown steady improvement and nearly won in last as a beaten favorite; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Chica de Fiestas
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Gone Californian – Returns to SoCal where she’s done most of her winning; shown the ability to handle synthetic surfaces.
Early Anna – Experiment with blinkers off lasted one race, Periban puts them back on; grinder needs to be ridden throughout.
Long Shot – Spy Aly
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Dynaquake – Set a very fast pace last time before tiring late; Becerra takes the blinkers off to try and slow him down some.
Peace Prospect – Taking a steep class drop for low percentage trainer Han Moon; is capable of surprising from the rail.
Long Shot – Joshua’s Dream
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Cape Town King – Not impressed by the field, let’s try a comebacker from Jeff Mullins; been away a year, beaten much better.
Gray Black N White – Been a consistent sort for Julio Canani since claimed last August; speed helps in abbreviated sprint.
Long Shot – Scottish Diamond
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Got Free – If he can win the duel with Ginobili, he’ll be tough to run down late; Paco Gonzalez adds blinkers on for this.
Unvarnished – I liked him last time, but got going too late; should see enough pace to flatter his closing style.
Long Shot – Pop’shands Are Hot
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Overly Tempting – Speed demon ran a winning race for this class level last time out; she figures to clear these no problem.
Brendolyn – Gets class relief from a minor stakes for this; tactical speed where Bejarano can place him where he wants.
Long Shot – Highland Torree
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cavanaugh – Beaten favorite was flattered when Foul Play won next time out; repeat effort makes him the one to beat.
Kerzner – Interesting Phoenix imported is not outclassed by these; Armstrong takes the blinkers off to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Peeka Buddha
Best Bet – Overly Tempting (race 7)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/2/$11.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$9.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Totals – 760/178/$1,169.20; Long Shots, 385/37/$377.60; Best Bets, 45/20/$85.60