Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Oct. 20

Be sure to check the Hollywood Park changes on Friday morning. I think there will be a lot of races taken off the grass due to Thursday’s rain, but since it’s closing weekend maybe they won’t.

FIRST RACE: 1. Bosserette, 2. Sprague River, 3. Sergeant O’Rourke. LONG SHOT: South Sound

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SECOND RACE: 1. For Emma, 2. Hot Bride, 3. Stunning Drama. LONG SHOT: Time for Angie.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Julio’s Gold, 2. Midnight Lady, 3. Sultry Season. LONG SHOT: Now Hope.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Giant Cowboy (best bet), 2. Rambling House, 3. Exponentially. LONG SHOT: Candiz.

Trainer Craig Dollase is one of the best getting horses ready for their first starts (38% winners from 26 tries the last two years) and he’s even better with debuting maiden claimers (60%). In GIANT COWBOY, we have a 2-year-old gelded son of Cowboy Cal. Expect speed with jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard. Dollase and Maldonado are a 27% combination the last two years.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ransom Canyon, 2. Scorcher, 3. Gallant Charm. LONG SHOT: Londinium.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Congregationalist, 2. Awesome Indy, 3. Quick Cenizas. LONG SHOT: Mr Superstition.

This is strictly a pace and jockey play. There is a ton of speed in this race so it’s time to look for a closer. While CONGREGATIONALIST, a son of Songandaprayer, has been known to mix it up early we think with the drop in class and reuniting with jockey Rafael Bejarano will result in the veteran letting the other speed burn out and come rallying wide on the turn. Bejarano and trainer Vladimir Cerin are a 46% winning proposition the last two years at Hollywood Park.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Always a Chance, 2. Oscillator, 3. Tangerine Tickle. LONG SHOT: Flatter Thecowgirl.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Indygo Andy, 2. Burlister, 3. Starry Shark. LONG SHOT: America Rising.

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