Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Thursday, December 12

RACE 1: 1. Only Joise Knows, 2. With a Miracle, 3. Appealing Resume. LONG SHOT: Tribal Chatter.


SECOND RACE: 1. Wonderful Union, 2. Street Choir, 3. Mikey T. LONG SHOT: Wistfullee Mine.

This 3-year-old gelding WONDERFUL UNION showed plenty of speed last time before fading in the final furlong. He takes a drop in class and could be long gone under jockey Edwin Maldonado, who is 31% with trainer Ron Ellis. Ellis is 24% with maiden claimers.


THIRD RACE: 1. Cinco de Mario (best bet), 2. Nome, 3. Sidepocket Champ. LONG SHOT: Di Conti.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Friendswith K Mill, 2. Cactus Shines, 3. Sir Macho. LONG SHOT: Big Rosie Brown.


FIFTH RACE: 1. High On Final, 2. Elusive Journey, 3. Omar Little. LONG SHOT: Pressure Time.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Melanistic, 2. Rathbaun, 3. English Crossing. LONG SHOT: Demonsterous.

Trainer Michael Catalano Jr. makes his first start this fall/winter in Southern California with this 4-year-old filly MELANISTIC. Catalano, who has trained mainly at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts, is a 27% trainer from 79 starters. This daughter of Ministers Wild Cat has won 2-of-3 efforts at this 1 1/16-mile distance, but none on synthetic. She has a couple of good works over the Hollywood Park surface and might be ready for a winning effort.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Indecise, 2. Miss Well Molded, 3. Flashy Ways. LONG SHOT: Silver Hustler.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Capers N Wine, 2. Too Obvious, 3. Time Linda Goteven. LONG SHOT: Reflective Glory.

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