Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Warren’s Joe T. – Huge rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; tactical speed to sit a decent trip throughout.
5 Gallant Charm – Exits a key race where he was the winner; after 11 tries, maybe he’ll have the swing of things finally.
Long Shot – 6 Hardliner
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
5 Melatonin – Exploded with a huge race in last after a modest debut; ran too good to lose and now has the edge of experience.
1 Chitu – Bob Baffert baby has been working bullets for a while; sure to get overbet with stable rider Martin Garcia up.
Long Shot – 2 Yard Line
Race 3 – 6 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Winding Way – Has always been highly regarded by the barn; 2014 is the year she’ll have to prove her potential.
1 Blues and Silvers – Outstanding campaign with 7-of-11 win this year; been a terrific claim for trainer Mike Pupye.
Long Shot – 4 Golden Production
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Cassandra Lynne – Taking an huge class drop for David Hofmans; sure to get claimed for $8K maybe as a broodmare prospect.
8 Metaxa – Surprised this kid Irving Orozco does not get more chances; the 5-pounds off is like stealing sometimes.
Long Shot – 10 Princess Suances
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 I’ll Wrap It Up – Rafael Bejarano needs to do a better job of protecting his turf; turf debut last time was an improved try.
4 Number Five – Typical green debut, slow early, fast late; stretching out around 2-turns for the first time.
Long Shot – 8 Miragio
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, $500,000 Hollywood Starlet, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Taste Like Candy – That was one impressive MSW win; huge class rise to a grade 1, but 2-YOs can make the jump on sheer talent.
8 Rosalind – She is clearly the horse to beat, but keeps coming up a stride short; classy filly can be a major player next year.
Long Shot – 6 Arethusa
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Kathleen Rose – She has shown improvement in all four career starts; keys to the car go to Rafael Bejarano this time.
5 Our Pure Creation – Jeff Bonde barn has quietly racked up a big meet; this filly offers value at her 6/1 morning line.
Long Shot – 3 Marina Del Heat
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 Bayakoa, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Fiftyshadesofhay – Expect her to be a grade 1 winner in 2014; Bob Baffert filly figures to have a high ceiling next season.
7 Curvy Cat – Was absolutely flying last time when a stride late; get more value with Martin Pedroza in the saddle.
Long Shot – 2 Warren’s Veneda
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Perfect Magic Man – Much improved run in last, now Mark Glatt adding blinkers on; Joe Steiner is fine by me on a chalk.
6 Trando’s Tremor – Should offer a ton of value with these low percentage connections; has back races fast enough to upset.
Long Shot – 2 Bringon the Wain
Best Bet – 2 Kathleen Rose (race 7)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$29.40; Long Shots, 7/3/$29.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 297/77/$460.00; Long Shots, 143/24/$223.20; Best Bets, 18/7/$35.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 My Wandy’s Girl (7/2) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Royal Suspicion won at Aqueduct paying $6.80 to win, $3.50 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 190/129/$1,040.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick