By Richard Eng
Post Time 1:20 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Luis’s Especial – Third start off a 2-month hiatus could be a return to form; big class drop can only help him.
Winning Tactics – Tepid chalk in an ugly opener; second start off a 10-month hiatus, ran evenly last time in return.
Long Shot – Scoonerwharfbardog
Race 2 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $51,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Zetterberg – Finally broke his MSW in first start in 6-months; suspect he may have found a preferred surface, grass.
Beyond Loaded – Tepid chalk in a much harder than looks race; he has many gaps in his resume, some cause for concern.
Long Shot – Furioso Star
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Wiredfortwotwenty – Ran big in debut, Brian Koriner babies tend to improve second time out; high strike rate with Joe Talamo.
Honouramongfriends – Jeff Mullins has an uncoupled entry in here, so be wary of Mr. Chips too; was favored in his debut.
Long Shot – More Humor
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Premium Quality – Been unlucky to have not graduated by now; Jenine Sahadi finds a good spot, keep an eye out for the FTS.
Taleitlikeitain’t – Regressed in second career start after a decent debut; he has the pedigree to like turf and improve.
Long Shot – Sky Victor
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Tempting Treasures – Faltered in first race facing winners; his maiden claiming win two back was fast, enough to upset these.
Beau Smoke – Ran a cropper last time after a pair of good tries before that; leap of faith that he will rebound tonight.
Long Shot – Lemon
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Stormy Gigi – FTS from the hot Brian Koriner barn; she is bred to be very quick, by Storm Boot out of an It’s Freezing mare.
Candilejas – Slight favorite from the Jeff Mullins barn; is it my imagination or is Mullins in every race this final week.
Long Shot – Dash Dot Dash
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $53,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Restless Soul – Ran well in U.S. debut off an 6-month sabbatical; like the fact she chased a good one in Ransom Captive.
Saga Celebre – Paddy Gallagher Irish import makes her U.S. debut today; she may not find a softer spot without a price tag.
Long Shot – Le Cirque
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles, $350,000 Swaps, 3-year-olds
Two Step Salsa – He really impressed in winning the Affirmed; he set a fast pace and kept going like the Energizer bunny.
Colonel John – Logical chalk if returning from a layoff like many of these today; the key is whether he is tight enough.
Long Shot – Madeo
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Humidity – Just missed last time in a decent effort; this is her second try to graduate at the bottom of the barrel class.
Afternoon Gold – Favored mainly because of Garrett Gomez, not for the low percentage barn; is everyone getting shipping money
Long Shot – Primed and Poised
Best Bet – Wiredfortwotwenty (race 3)
Hollywood Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/3/$37.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$7.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Hollywood Totals – 931/214/$1,472.60; Long Shots, 473/45/$451.80; Best Bets, 56/23/$94.60