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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Del Mar picks for Saturday, July 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Night Dance, 3. Lilly’s Perfect. LONG SHOT: Skinny Genes.

INNER GROOVE is 2-for-2 over the Polytrack and draws the cozy No. 1 post going long. Expect jockey Joe Talamo to go to the front and let them try and catch him.

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SECOND RACE: 1. American Pride, 2. Little Shack, 3. Bond Holder. LONG SHOT: Papa’s Paisley.

AMERICAN PRIDE has some experience while many in this race are running for the first time. This appears to be a wide open event.

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THIRD RACE: 1. U R My Candy Girl, 2. Scary Fast, 3. Secret Memo. LONG SHOT: Katey Pie.

Bejarano and trainer Bill Morey are a tough team to beat which makes U R MY CANDY GIRL interesting first time off the claim.

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FOURTH RACE (Fleet Treat Stakes): 1. DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, 2. Sweet Marini, 3. Tribal Peace. LONG SHOT: Zuzu’s Petals.

DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN just won the Grade II Hollywood Oaks and she drops into a Cal-bred stakes to get a little chump change for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Bejarano.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Splendiferous Moon, 2. Bas, 3. Now Hope. LONG SHOT: Patienceisavirtue.

Trainer John Sadler drops this daughter of Malibu Moon after a brief freshening. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over and should put her in the winning spot.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Magic Daddy, 2. Quality Plan, 3. Sweet Sunshine. LONG SHOT: Chief Lion.

Another maiden race, but this one is 3-year-olds and up. Trainer Bob Baffert seems to be putting Martin Garcia on his well meant horses and Bejarano on the second string. That’s what we have here in MAGIC DADDY, a first-time starter, and QUALITY PLAN. Can you say exacta box?

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bio Pro, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Swift Eagle. LONG SHOT: Somethings Unusual.

There’s a reason this race is in the Pick 6, because it’s tough. Trainer Howard Zucker always points to Del Mar and is sneaky on the grass. His BIO PRO is coming off a win and moving up in company.

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EIGHTH RACE (San Diego Handicap): 1. Liaison, 2. Paynter, 3. Clubhouse Ride. LONG SHOT: Chief Havoc.

Am totally shocked to see Paynter run on the Polytrack. Baffert hates it. His owner, Zayat Stables LLC, hates it. Only reason must be to keep the last year’s Belmont Stakes runner-up close to home. Still, going to take the “other” Baffert, Liaison. He has a third over the Del Mar Poly and he is 3-for-6 at the distance. Totally left KETTLE CORN out of the top four because think he’s coming back too soon after a second-place finish to Game on Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Corsa Di Cavalli, 2. Judge Carr, 3. Salah Champ. LONG SHOT: Life a Riley.

CORSA DI CAVALLI is coming off a two-year layoff, but if anyone can get the 4-year-old colt ready it’s Sadler. The son of After Market broke his maiden at first asking at the seaside oval.

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10TH RACE: 1. Iconic Spirit, 2. Tappingintherain, 3. Winning Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Charm Catcher.

Could be a big day for the Sadler barn. ICONIC SPIRIT finished second at this level four straight times and today is graduation day. TAPPINGINTHERAIN is by Tapit and should appreciate the extra distance. She might go to the front on the stretch out.

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