Horse Racing: Today at Hollywood Park, Nov. 16
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
November 15, 2013 - 8:47 pm
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Silver Hustler – Gary Stevens named the Big Sport of Turfdom by the National Turfwriters; he’s had an amazing comeback year.
3 Changethechannel – Speedy sort might just try and wire this field; set a very quick pace, too quick, in last.
Long Shot – 1 Rock and Glory
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 2-year-olds
6 Maximinus – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; huge rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.
1 Closet E – Another taking the class drop down from MSW to a price tag; like the cut back in distance, should finish better.
Long Shot – 9 Ke in Motion
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Sharp Cat, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Georgia – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry that can finish first and second; both were sharp winners last time out.
1 Be Proud – The other Baffert, she took 5 starts to break her maiden; doubt if the uncoupled entrymates will duel early on.
Long Shot – 4 Pleasant Miss
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
6 I’ll Wrap It Up – Doug O’Neill makes a big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; blinkers off for this try.
7 Enterprising – Got a test drive in debut; figures to improve a lot in second start for Tom Proctor and Gary Stevens.
Long Shot – 10 Life’s Journey
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Puff Pastry – Has shown some speed down the hill at Santa Anita; drops in class, been ridden every time by Mario Gutierrez.
8 Tizhardtoget – Like horses that won and run a slower Beyer speed figure; must overcome a parking lot post though.
Long Shot – 2 Make More Money
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $34,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Lilly’s Perfect – Finished fast after a slow start in first race off the claim by Kristen Mulhall; well spotted again.
3 Perfecta – Richard Mandella drops this filly down the well; Joe Talamo for Mike Smith who is riding at Churchill tonight.
Long Shot – 7 Mia Isabel
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
11 Pimpernel – FTS from the always hot Bob Baffert barn; the tote board should be singing with Rafael Bejarano up.
1 Anxious Times – Second time out for Paddy Gallagher after an even debut; should improve some in a natural progression.
Long Shot – 3 Big Medicine Man
Race 8 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Golden Production – Claimed off a sharp win by Peter Miller; Ron Ellis nurtuered her return, now he loses her for $40K.
2 Escape Act – Been away 8-months, but showed lots of talent in stakes races; this is a stepping stone prep for Santa Anita.
Long Shot – 3 Our Pure Creation
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
10 Soul Searcher – Ran awful in debut at MSW level; Mike Mitchell drops her to this bottom rung, where she really belongs.
8 Kylee’s Star – Tepid chalk in an ugly looking finale; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – 3 Magic Number
Best Bet – 11 Pimpernel (race 7)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/5/$20.80; Long Shots, 7/2/$20.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 98/27/$153.00; Long Shots, 47/11/$115.80; Best Bets, 6/2/$9.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #9 Harpoon (5/2) in race 4 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Canal Six won at Aqueduct paying $6.50 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.70 to show. Stats – 178/118/$974.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick