Today at Hollywood Park: December 1, 2013

TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Starter Allowance $40,000, 2-year-olds

3 Oh Daddy Oh – Peter Miller uncoupled entry has a good shot at running 1-2; Joel Rosario back in town for Turf Festival.

1 Heyyoucan – Has run 4 good races in a row since a stinker debut; tactical speed to sit a trip for Joe Talamo.

Long Shot – 7 Harbaugh

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

2 Midnight Lady – Sliding down the claiming ladder for John Sadler; doesn’t hurt that Joel Rosario is riding.

6 Coco de Carchy – Exits a sharp win that further shows how she excels at Hollywood; parking lot post won’t matter.

Long Shot – 4 Magestic Stinger

Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Would You – Ran big first time off the claim by Mike Pender; like the cutback in distance as he tries new things.

7 Big Wags – Gritty win last time on the cut back to this elongated sprint; well spotted to be a player again.

Long Shot – 3 Half Dome Dude

Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

4 Maxx the Giant – Has had many chances, but none with Joel Rosario; his race 2 back, if repeated, can beat these.

2 Snaps – Set a fast pace in last and just failed to last; if he can get any kind of a breather, may hold on today.

Long Shot – 8 Wicked Finance

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

3 King Maya – Keeps grinding out nice races for a cheap claimer; speed to lead or follow close up.

6 Private Bounty – Stride late in last, but beat this kind 2 races ago; need only repeat that good effort.

Long Shot – 10 Zip Cat

Race 6 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $250,000 Hollywood Derby, 3-year-olds

5 Seek Again – Have the utmost respect when John Gosden ships one over; won carrying 131 pounds last out.

9 Rookie Sensation – This colt has a late brush like the good European turf horses; has a very high ceiling.

Long Shot – 4 Jack Milton

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

3 Forest Boy – Maybe I give Joel Rosario too much credit; just seen him move horses up a length or two automatically.

8 Secretsatmidnight – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry, so caveat emptor; both appear on the improve too.

Long Shot – 5 Battled

Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $250,000 Matriarch, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

5 Tiz Flirtatious – There is a lot of speed in here, could set it up for a closer; that man Joel Rosario again.

8 Better Lucky – Won the Matriarch last year, so she is more than legit; ships in for another major prize.

Long Shot – 7 Pianist

Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up

5 Wild Dude – Has had numerous chances, but his race 3 back remains a corker; may be up to another best effort today.

4 Five Palms – Debut winner for Bob Baffert was no secret at 1/1; could be any kind if improves another step here.

Long Shot – 2 Ambitious Brew

Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Ransom Canyon – Claimed 3 races in a row tells me something positive; Doug O’Neill takes the blinkers off.

11 Sizzlin’s Joe – Dead late closer gets major class relief today; this is the softest spot he’s ever seen.

Long Shot – 3 Very Unusual

Best Bet – 3 King Maya (race 5)

Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/4/$26.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$5.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Hollywood Park Totals – 248/66/$385.60; Long Shots, 120/19/$181.40; Best Bets, 15/7/$35.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Micromanage (8/5) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Stonetastic ran third at Churchill Downs paying $3.00 to show. Stats – 187/126/$1,019.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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