Friday (7-9-10) Hollywood Park Recap
A trio of six furlong Cushion Track wire jobs on Friday night. Stalkers nabbed both turf races carded.
Hat trick for Rafael Bejarano. Two more wins for Joel Rosario.
Seriously (5th race) sat the right stalking trip en route to a sharp win in the Allowance feature for fillies and mares. Amina did all of the pace dirty work in a fine place finish.
Saturday (7-10-10) Hollywood Park Recap
Edge to early-pressing types in Cushion Track sprints. Turf seemed to play fair.
Two wins for David Flores. Bob Baffert saddled two winners on the day.
E Z’s Gentleman never let pace-setter M One Rifle get the rail and he rolled past that one in a razor sharp win in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap. Martin Pedroza booted home the Bob Baffert runner.
The complexion of the Hollywood Gold Cup changed dramatically after Tres Borrachos blew the break. Flat mile turf specialist Compari set pedestrian fractions before weakening and the strange race shape proved to be the undoing of Rail Trip, who raced wide throughout under Bejarano. Awesome Gem slipped through on the rail and won by a 1/2 length. Rail Trip was best but had to settle for the place. Richard’s Kid was a credible 3rd in his first start back from Dubai.
Sunday’s pick six from Hollywood Park includes a 2-day carryover of more than $500,000. The feature race is the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes for juvenile fillies and includes impressive Arlington Park debut winner Dawnie Macho. Partly cloudy skies are expected with a high temperature of 69.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Sunday pick six from Hollywood Park rates a 6.
Possible Singles: Nostalgic Bid (6th race), Woodmans Luck (9th race)
Jarrod Horak’s Hollywood Park Pick 6 analysis – Sunday, July 11, 2010
Hollywood Park Race 4 (Clm-40k, 3up, 8T) #1 Hammurabi (4-1) drops and stretches back out after much needed turf sprint return June 16. His last two wins were in turf routes and Bejarano rides him well. #4 Kris Silver (5-2) will keep my top pick honest on the front end. The flat mile specialist hits hard at this level and Tyler Baze is 3-for-9 with Mullins recently. #6 Fire Break (2-1) was nabbed out of his last by 36% claiming artist Bill Morey. He enters in fine form but is winless in six flat mile turf starts.
Hollywood Park Race 5 (Clm-12.5/2L, f&m 3up, 7f) #9 Ten’s Salty Sally (3-1) earned best last race Final Time Rating in 7.5 furlong win May 30 and Puype is a profitable 22% with his recent grads trying winners for the first time. #1 So Hottie (4-1) gets in light and projects an inside tactical journey. Her low profile trainer is 38% blinkers off and 29% 2nd off the claim. #3 Shantika’s Dream (6-1) earned a decent number in a local $8,000 extended sprint claimer June 18. #5 Warren’s Ruby (5-1) turns back, switches surfaces, and returns to the claiming ranks. She graduated at this course/distance. #6 Celebration (7-2) rallied for the place in same race So Hottie exits.
Hollywood Park Race 6 (Mcl-32k, 3up, 6f) #4 Nostalgic Bid (6-5) showed marked improvement with blinkers in his last pair and the winner of his last came back to score. The $230,000 purchase will never find an easier graduation spot. #6 Roos On The Loose (4-1) has had his chances but is reportedly racing as a gelding for the first time and will have every chance stalking the pace.
Hollywood Park Race 7 (Alw-1x, 3up, 6f) #7 Imco Spirit (5-2) added blinkers and showed improved early interest at 7.5 furlongs last time. Mike Puype has some live wires in the sequence. #4 Mesa Thunder (6-1) flees the rail, returns from NoCal, and finished a solid 3rd here under today’s pilot Tyler Baze in May. #6 Mensa Heat (7-2) has been part of Exacta in 4 of last 5 and he earned a decent number vs. state breds last time. Might be best at 6.5 furlongs.
Hollywood Park Race 8 (Landaluce S., 2yo fil, 6f) Looks like an interesting contest between the two inside horses. #1 Belleofthebridle (5-2) followed up a sharp debut win with a clear place finish behind subsequent Graded winner J P’s Gusto last time. #2 Dawnie Macho (2-1) set a track record in her Arlington bow and Sadler has her now. The aforementioned duo figure to hook up from the outset. #5 She’ll Heir (3-1) is 2-for-2 and overcame trouble to win here last time. She needs pace help and might get it.
Hollywood Park Race 9 (MSW, CA-bred 2yo, 5.5f) #10 Woodmans Luck (5-2) ran out of real estate in his 4.5 furlong bow and the place finisher came back to score. The fresh colt is firing bullets for this and Puype is 21% with second time starters. #2 Stormin Rae (2-1) blew a two-length lead in his five furlong bow. Rosario hops aboard the early-pressing threat. #5 Tahoe Yodeler (8-1) is out of win early sprint sire Swiss Yodeler and Bonde is 22% with debut straight Maidens.
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