Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Designer – Bob Baffert cull is mysteriously dropped to $25K off a MSW win; not many claim from Baffert with any success.
3 Tribe – Class relief racing for a price tag for the first time; has no early speed so will have to come from far back.
Long Shot – 6 Proud Boss
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), $100,000 Generous, 2-year-olds
1 Royal Banker – Makes his SoCal debut in the Generous; like top turf rider Corey Nakatani up, watch the tote board for clues.
5 Aotearoa – Draw a live thru the Breeders’ Cup and his resume looks just fine; facing an easier task tonight.
Long Shot – 2 Ontology
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
2 Derringer – Mike Mitchell class dropper has a good synthetic resume; Joe Talamo riding a lot of live horses on today’s card.
5 Too Fast to Pass – Peter Miller drops him down where he did good business at Del Mar; those fields had to be tougher too.
Long Shot – 1 Money Cannon
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), $100,000 Miesque, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Clenor – Had a nice win streak broken in the Breeders’ Cup; returns to normalcy here and can pick up where she left off.
5 Nesso – Takes the blinkers off so she won’t be so speed crazy; if she can race covered up, she can be a very dangerous filly.
Long Shot – 4 Love In The Desert
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
8 This Cat’s Awesome – Was a clocker special in debut and ran second best; if he improves one step, he’ll be double tough.
3 Sir Vronski – FTS from Jeff Bonde barn has been working fast in Pleasanton; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – 4 Lucky Jack
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
5 Brown Boss – I take a handicapping hint which horses Rafael Bejarano was riding; when he leaves town, they are still live.
8 Turn On the Pumps – Carla Gaines tries blinkers on after many frustrating seconds; tactical speed to sit a decent trip.
Long Shot – 3 Volkonsky
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
3 Pray Hard – After 3 straight seconds, is turning into a money burner; has shown improvement with each start though.
6 Oh Billy Billy – Usually good horses have good names; this one cost $400K and I Bob Baffert just trained him, not named him.Long Shot – 1 Mauco
Race 8 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 U S Citizen – Moves from outside post to inside today; has a good resume over Inglewood sod, can save all the ground today.
2 Brokered – Like the cutback in distance where he should sit a trip and fire late; grass sprints are often won by closers.
Long Shot – 5 He’s a Dance Star
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
4 Danderek – Big class dropper from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; his race 2 back, if repeated, would squash these.
8 Graeme Crackerjack – Sharp win over cheaper in last, earned the class rise; value from Agapito Delgadillo riding.,
Long Shot – 1 Cook Inlet
Race 10 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
9 Magic Daddy – Bob Baffert cull need not be much to win this; if you’re live in the Pick 4 or Pick 6, I hope you’re spread out.
3 Mary Helen’s Storm – Joe Talamo has a good batting average for winning the finale; keeps his focus and his energy to the end.
Long Shot – 5 America Rising
Best Bet – 3 Clenor (race 4)
Hollywood Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$20.60; Long Shots, 8/1/$5.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.00
Hollywood Park Totals – 229/62/$359.00; Long Shots, 111/18/$1761.00; Best Bets, 14/7/$35.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #10 Stonetastic (7/2) in race 9 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Easter Gift ran third at Churchill Downs paying $5.20 to show. Stats – 186/125/$1,016.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick