TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
3 One Firm Cat – Claimed by Gary Sherluck and aggressively raised from $25K to $35K; has back class to handle these.
6 Tahoe Flash – Huge rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; watch him wave his stick right handed in the lane.
Long Shot – 1 Kafister
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Bobby Flay – Has shown improvement in second go round in SoCal; of course it helps that he is racing near the bottom.
1 Blue Collar Boy – Expect a rail skimming ride by Irving Orozco; takes off 5-pounds, not sure why he isn’t used more.
Long Shot – 7 Warren’s Joe T.
Race 3 – 7 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 Cat’s Cradle Handicap, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Warren’s Venada – That was a dynamite win last time in open company; slides down to face Cal-breds, albeit in a stakes.
3 Ciao Bella Luna – Hot Peter Miller barn takes over the filly; she’s added blinkers on and has some bullet workouts.
Long Shot – 2 Curvy Cat
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
6 Lucky Views – When Rafael Bejarano rides a FTS, I let his agent do the handicapping; watch the tote board for clues.
8 This Cat’s Awesome – Figures to be a clocker special from the Gary Sherluck barn; like that Joe Talamo takes the call.
Long Shot – 5 Super Reagan
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Holy Candy – He’s come a long way since being on the KY Derby trail last spring; injuries have derailed his potential.
2 Blu Jon – Finished fast while trailing a blistering pace in last; John Shirreffs switches to Victor Espinoza for this.
Long Shot – 6 Northern Iowa
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
9 Yana – Could be the shortest odds of the day right here; ran huge in debut and followed that with sparkling workouts.
6 Papa’s Dancing – Ran evenly in debut for trainer Brian Koriner; can be expected to improve under Joe Talamo.
Long Shot – 7 Magic Spot
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
3 Brother Pete – Like the tactical speed because there are 2 who will duel in here; Rafael Bejarano could sit a perfect trip.
8 Empty Headed – You have to like the way Corey Nakatani rides in grass routes; he’ll sit in arrears and make one brush.
Long Shot – 4 Somethings Unusual
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Global Hottie – Bob Baffert filly did everything but win last time as a 1/2 chalk; he takes the blinkers off tonight.
5 Moscato Girl – If the Baffert filly burps, this gal will be sitting chilly right behind her; may be racing for second though.
Long Shot – 8 Betty Bing Bing
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
14 She’s All Yours – Gulp twice if you need Vod Farris to win the Pick 6; drops down in class off a sharp sprint win.
2 Splendiforous Moon – What a finale to the Pick 6 with a $110K carryover; if you’re live, I hope you are spread wide in here.
Long Shot – 3 Warren’s Judy
Best Bet – 9 Yana (race 6)
Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$12.80; Long Shots, 9/2/$16.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Hollywood Park Totals – 116/30/$165.80; Long Shots, 56/13/$132.40; Best Bets, 7/2/$9.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Don Dulce (6/1) in race 3 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Harpoon ran second at Aqueduct paying $3.30 to place and $2.50 to show. Stats – 179/119/$980.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick