TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 7:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Chk Chk Boom – Did a classic pop and stop while facing MSW foes in last; big class drop and taking blinkers off.
Miss Nikki C. – Was well bet in first 3 career starts; she may finally be coming around to showing some promise.
Long Shot – Lake Osceola
Race 2 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $34,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Mission Viejo Halo – Made a late gain in last off a 10-month hiatus; if she moves forward a step, she’ll be double tough.
Stanford Dolly – Been grinding away cashing paychecks for A. C. Avila; her turf resume is stronger than most of the others.
Long Shot – Madeline Ruby
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
Ribat – Logical chalk ran a decent second in a well-backed debut; Joe Talamo had choices and opted for Mike Pupye here.
Blingboy – Three seconds at Golden Gate in 2-furlong drag races; adds blinkers on and Joel Rosario, a lot to like.
Long Shot – Trouble Rules
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Wolgan Valley – Was finishing well in last when third; sliding down the claiming ladder, may have finally found his niche.
Total Sum – Favorite is worth taking a run at off a 14-month hiatus; has talent, but fitness is a major question.
Long Shot – Island Run
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Amina – She is still eligible for this first level open allowance because she is a Cal-bred; in a good groove now.
Seriously – Exits a tough heat in the Railbird; is flattered by next out wins by Switch and All Due Respect.
Long Shot – Folk Dancer
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $41,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Blue Jay Attack – Marty Jones babies almost always improve with experience; has an uncoupled entry, caveat emptor.
Don Perico – This is the other half of the Marty Jones uncoupled entry; FTS will be ridden by Joel Rosario, warning enough.
Long Shot – Lone Justice
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Magic Launch – Her grass races are plain better than her synthetic tries; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Initial Impression – Picks up a Joel Rosario second call, looks very live to me; saves ground and grinds it out late.
Long Shot – Silver Heat
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,600, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Warren’s Moon – Twice beaten favorite has burned a lot of money; facing the slowest field so far, need not be much.
Lost Prophet – Big class dropper is favored on that fact alone; speedball returns off an 8-month hiatus.
Long Shot – Sh Sh Shakin’
Best Bet – Chk Chk Boom (race 1)
Hollywood Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/7/$35.80; Long Shots, 9/1/$5.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.60
Hollywood Park Totals – 844/244/$1,570.20; Long Shots, 414/47/$554.00; Best Bets, 50/29/$117.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Dubinsky (9/2) in race 5 at Philadelphia Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Amazing ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 123/87/$629.10