Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Saturday, Dec. 21 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Sinfully, 2. Imperative, 3. Square Dancer. LONG SHOT: Christopher Street.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Fire in the Wind, 2. Sammy’s a Runnin’, 3. Muchos Besos. LONG SHOT: Courtside.

It looks like the connections of FIRE IN THE WIND are trying to get one more victory out of this Hollywood Park-loving horse before Sunday’s closing day. This 6-year-old gelding has four career wins in Inglewood out of five lifetime wins. He has been away since April, but has a nice workout last week and might be ready to roll.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Dancinginthestreet, 2. Blameitonthecat, 3. Abide in Me. LONG SHOT: Kitten de Pere.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Katie’s Garden, 2. Tiz Midnight, 3. Legacy. LONG SHOT: Provenance.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lucky Cotton, 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Old Man Lake. LONG SHOT: Judge Carr (SCRATCHED).

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Pretty Storm, 2. U R Lucky, 3. Fashionably Rich. LONG SHOT: Graycious Guest.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sensationalize, 2. Level headed, 3. Somethingabouther. LONG SHOT: Foxy Boss.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Guidopanzini, 2. Change of Plan, 3. Da Ruler. LONG SHOT: Cost of Freedom.

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NINTH RACE: 1. U S Citizen, 2. Brokered, 3. Protocal. LONG SHOT: Weewinnin.

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TENTH RACE: 1.  Swiss Lake Yodeler, 2. Global Hottie, 3. Sprouts. LONG SHOT: Meinertzhageni. GLOBAL HOTTIE IS SCRATCHED.

There is no doubt these 2-year-old Cal-bred fillies will have a tough time beating Bob Baffert’s GLOBAL HOTTIE, who will likely be odds on, but this Jerry Hollendorfer trainee SWISS LAKE YODELER just might be the one. Lately, it has been Hollendorfer’s world and we’ve just been living in it as he has been on fire. This 2-year-old daughter of Swiss Yodeler beat a lot of these in this race on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. If you remember that day, which was the first day of the Breeders’ Cup, there was a tremendous inside speed bias. However, this filly came out slightly off the pace and she was four wide most of the way so we’re giving her extra credit for that and expect a big effort here.

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ELEVENTH RACE: 1. Moscato Girl, 2. Writer Fever, 3. Ipolita. LONG SHOT: Anniversary Kitty.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Julio’s Gold $8.20, third race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Sprague River $9.40, first; Scorcher $7, fifth; Oscillator $7.80, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Time for Angie $15.20, second; Candiz $21.40, fourth)

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, November 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Autumn View, 2. Air of Royalty, 3. Teacher Teacher. LONG SHOT: Swiss Heart.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dunmore East, 2. Private Bounty, 3. Guidopanzini. LONG SHOT: Toss the Dice.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Joyce and Me, 2. Toomanytomatoes, 3. There Is No Limit. LONG SHOT: Always a Chance.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Charisma Code, 2. Johns Journey, 3. Oneandonlyloveman. LONG SHOT: Prince of Paris.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sultry Season, 2. Only Josie Knows, 3. Joeandbetty’sbaby. LONG SHOT: Sallyana.

Our Eyes: It looks like trainer Mike Pender has been pointing for the beginning of this final meet in Inglewood as he has five horses entered the first two days. This 3-year-old filly was claimed out of a runner-up effort at Santa Anita and moved up in class. Pender is 23 percent first off the claim and this filly has her only synthetic win over this surface.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Brown Boss, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Volkonsky. LONG SHOT: China Prince.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Oliver’s Tale, 2. Imperial Fortune, 3. Justa Runner. LONG SHOT: Wild Media.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sushi Empire (best bet), 2. Costamar, 3. Kazam. LONG SHOT: Lethal Story.

Trainer Eoin Harty gets this 2-year-old filly SUSHI EMPIRE to stretch out around two turns after two sprint efforts, one down the hill at Santa Anita. This daughter of Empire Maker should relish the extra distance in a very tough maiden grass race. Jockey Corey Nakatani, who riding the turf as well as anyone in Southern California, retains the mount.

Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Eddies Curl $3.60, fourth race; Miss Well Molded $5.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Katey Pie $6.80, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Cyclometer $5.60, second)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Full Consent $9.40, first; Graeme Crackerjack $10.80, sixth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Oct. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Cervaro, 2. Seamark, 3. Tortola. LONG SHOT: Ella’s Kitten.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dunmore East, 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Silver Wings. LONG SHOT: Gallant Gent.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Takem by Surprise, 2. Capo, 3. Papa Smitty. LONG SHOT: Hitter’s Alley.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gift Exchange, 2. Candy Boy, 3. Hold Everything. LONG SHOT: Songforjohnmichael.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. High Test, 2. Zuboff, 3. Trelawny. LONG SHOT: Major Magic.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Know More, 2. Cast a Doubt, 3. Woodmans Luck. LONG SHOT: Awesome Indy.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ismene, 2. Bella Viaggia, 3. Qiaona. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. MASTER CHEF (BEST BET), 2. Candy’s Sunrise, 3. Pilla Train. LONG SHOT: Life a Riley.

MASTER CHEF, A 6-year-old gelding, has four wins and two seconds in seven races over the Santa Anita track and you can bet that’s the reason trainer Kristin Mulhall claimed him for $25,000 at Del Mar. He looks like he perked up in his last work on the dirt and jockey Joe Talamo, who has three wins showing with the son of Vronsky, taking over.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Brown Boss, 3. Tribe. LONG SHOT: Empty Headed.

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10th RACE: 1. Hye I’m Jack, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Mass Transit. LONG SHOT: Frensham.

HYE I’M JACK HAS BEEN SCRATCHED BY TRAINER DOUG O’NEILL. I now give a big shot to FRENSHAM, who is also trained by O’Neill. FRENSHAM is by the freshman sire Square Eddie, who has gotten quite a few first-time winners.

Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Kill Shot $2.40, third race; Denzel $6.80, fifth; Appealing Resume $10.60, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Big Wags $7.40, first; Charlie Time $12.20, ninth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Golden Dynamo $18.80, second; This One’s for Mel $6.20, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Topper’s Ghost, 2. Stormin Lute, 3. Brannaman. LONG SHOT: Run Hide.

TOPPER’S GHOST, a 3-year-old son of Old Topper, was a universal good thing first time out. He was 20-1 on the morning-line and went off as the 2.40-1 favorite, winning by three-quarters of a length. He was claimed out of that race by leading trainer John Sadler, who is 25 percent with that move. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off another contender to ride here, too.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Melatonin, 2. Kristo, 3. Roundupthelute. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

This is a race with several high-priced 2-year-olds like KRISTO ($500K) and ROUNDUPTHELUTE ($230K) , but it could be a 20,000 bargain named MELATONIN that steals the show. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has been tearing up the track in the morning and looks ready to go for trainer Jeff Bonde.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Marine Fog, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. Peacenik. LONG SHOT: Afleet Cowboy.

CLASSIC BOBBY (No. 1) is “stuck” in the race and likely to scratch. MARINE FOG was claimed out of his last race by Bonde and must beat several others he lost to last time. However, Bejarano jumps aboard and that could make all the difference.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dreamnofatticus, 2. Bro’s Bro, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Accomplish.

Bejarano just missed getting DREAMNOFATTICUS to the winner’s circle last time. He shortens up a half-furlong here and it just might be the winning formula.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. TONES (best bet), 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Truelee Scrappin. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

Heading into the final full week of the meet some trainers drop horses looking for some shipping money. We have one of these here for trainer Doug O’Neill in TONES. This 4-year-old drops into a claimer for the first time, all the way down at $20,000. We might have gotten a better price here if this race was run before last weekend. In Tones’ last race, he lost to You Know I Know (third in the Pacific Classic), Holding Glory (fifth in the Pacific Classic) and Huntsville (third in the Del Mar Mile). That’s quite a company line.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Turn on the Pumps. LONG SHOT: Heat Streaker.

Marty Jones trains both SIZZLIN’ JOE and CHRISTOPHER STREET. SIZZLIN’ JOE has been on the synthetics his last three races, but in his only try at this distance on the grass, he won. Plus, Bejarano takes over and he comes out of a race where Brown Boss has come back to win. CHRISTOPHER STREET has been a disappointment in his two comeback races so maybe the third start off the layoff will do the track.

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SEVENTH RACE (Generous Portion): 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Rovenna, 3. Feature Attraction. LONG SHOT: Whatsallthedrama.

You would think for a $150,000 purse there would be more than six Cal-bred fillies signed up, but there isn’t. SUNDAY RULES went wire-to-wire in her debut and looks tough in this spot. ROVENNA is the interesting one as she broke her maiden at Calder and comes out West looking for bigger money.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. J K’s Mischief, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Nonna Reese. LONG SHOT: Maddog Maddie.

J K’S MISCHIEF threw in a clunker last time, but she was favored and will be looking to make amends here. Hard Buns came back to win, making it a possible key race.

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Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 3

All everyone will be talking about today is the Pick 6 carryover of more than $619,000, and rightly so, but we’ll try to get you some money to bet before the pool that is likely to be more than $3 million.

FIRST RACE: 1. Tanzanite Cat, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Rum Point. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

TANZANITE CAT is veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela’s first mount of 2013 following a retirement and knee surgery. TANZANITE CAT was training with Guns Loaded, who is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Best Pal Stakes, so trainer Cody Autrey knows how to get a first-timer ready. Watch out for KNOCK EM FLAT, who is trained by Jeff Mullins. Mullins scored in Friday’s eighth race with a second time starter to set up the carryover and we get a similar move here. To add fuel to the fire, KNOCK EM FLAT has a pair of big works over the Polytrack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Forever Freedom, 3. East Sky. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.

Trainer Bill Spawr is off to a slow start, but he is due to turn it around. He is 27 percent first off the claim and that’s what BIG WAGS is here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Amazing Hearted, 3. Bank the Eight. LONG SHOT: Dress Code.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is another one good first off the claimed, which he did with TRUELEE SCRAPPIN at Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old horse has won 3-of-6 at the distance.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. PULLA TRAIN, 2. Top Marquee, 3. Bro’s Bro. LONG SHOT: Dreamofatticus.

PULLA TRAIN got off to a slow start in his debut July 17 at Del mar. He finished a respectable third and trainer Eric Kruljac does better with second-time starters. First-timer TOP MARQUEE is by In Excess and could be live.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. You Know I Know. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory.

OK, here we start the Pick 6 sequence here. MEGA HEAT has tactical speed and has two wins in three tries over the Del Mar Polytrack. A big effort by ROUSING SERMON could put him in the Pacific Classic. YOU KNOW I KNOW is from the John Sadler barn while long shot HOLDING GLORY has been training well for his U.S. debut and trainer A.C. Avila has been known to try and put one over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Upward Spiral, 2. Warren’s Flasher, 3. Heart Stealer. LONG SHOT: Prettypriceygirl.

UPWARD SPIRAL was suppose to have some talent after coming over from Europe last year for the Breeders’ Cup, but she has yet to find her footing yet. Trainer Simon Callaghan tries her going two turns on the turf. We’re betting jockey Victor Espinoza tries going to the front with the addition of blinkers. WARREN’S FLASHER just beat Cal breds at this level and jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount. HEART STEALER has speed, but it will be tough from the outside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Feature Attraction, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Miss Loujean.

The inside posts have been good on the Polytrack and SWISSARELLA, trained by Patricia Harrington, comes out of the No. 1 post for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. FEATURE ATTRACTION, trained by Mike Harrington (yes, they are related), is by good first out sire Roman Ruler. EDDIES CURL just finished second in the CTBA Stakes and is the likely favorite.

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EIGHTH RACE (Clement L. Hirsch): 1. Include Me Out, 2. Lady of Fifty, 3. More Chocolate. LONG SHOT: Sisterhood.

INCLUDE ME OUT is the defending champ of this race and has a bullet work over the track to show she’s ready, but the outside draw might pose a bit of a problem.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Blue Collar Boy, 2. Eyesablazin, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

BLUE COLLAR BOY is first off the claim for Peter Eurton and he has a good maintenance work over the track since a seventh-place finish opening week. EYESABLAZIN is looking for his first win on the Polytrack.

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10th RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Ethnic Dance, 3. Pulpit’s Express. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Pumps.

CHRISTOPHER STREET was fifth in his comeback race and should be fitter in this spot. He draws the inside and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. Don’t forget TURN ON THE PUMPS was trained by Carla Gaines until her suspension began on Thursday so the chances are good this 5-year-old gelding is ready to run.

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