Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Thursday, Nov. 28

Of course, the big question is why do tracks continue to run on Thanksgiving. Can’t they give everyone associated with the sport at least the afternoon off to spend with family and friends?

Thanksgiving is for football and eating, two of my favorite things. LOL

But seriously, would it have killed Hollywood Park to race on Wednesday and not run Thanksgiving?

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FIRST RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Brown Is Beige, 3. Sunland Vintage. LONG SHOT: Lia Juliana.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sea John’s Spirit, 2. Dreamy Blues, 3. Humor Me. LONG SHOT: Mesana.

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RACE 3. 1. Highly Rated, 2. Dreditcardroulette, 3. Woebegon, 4.With a Miracle. LONG SHOT: Blushing Martha.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer claimed this 4-year-old filly HIGHLY RATED and promptly moves her up in class so he must like what he sees. She showed speed and will have to do so again from the rail. Jockey Rafael Bejarano retains the mount. Highly Rated is “stuck” in the race and likely to be scratched Thursday morning.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Anillo, 2. Majestic Stride, 3. Handsome Mike. LONG SHOT: Chosen Miracle.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hurryhank (best bet), 2. Thunder Cole, 3. Wings of Mojave. LONG SHOT: Good Company.

Trainer Andy Mathis found that this 3-year-old gelding likes the turf in his last race. He finished second in open maiden company at Golden Gate. Mathis now ships south to run in a Cal-bred maiden event. He gets top turf rider Joe Talamo to accept the mount and draw a nice cozy express. This is only the son of Stormin Fever’s third career start so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Too Obvious, 2. Curvy Kitten, 3. In Dad’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Princess Genevieve.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fury Kapcori, 2. Procurement, 3. Rosengold. LONG SHOT: Den’s Legacy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Princess of Pearl, 2. Elusive Luci, 3. Kid Rollins. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Dunmore East $4.20, first race; Indianapolis $8.20, fourth; Rousing Sermon $6.60, seventh; Luxuriance $10.60)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (My Secret Affair $10.40, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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