Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Enjoy Hollywood Park’s break

With special Veterans Day racing on Monday, Hollywood Park won’t return to racing until Friday afternoon and it’s probably a good idea.

In case you haven’t noticed, the fields at the final Hollywood Park fall meet has been less than sensational. Many days the feature race can’t be run late on the card due to a lack of entries and track officials want to put the largest fields in the Pick Six (and rightly so).

Heck, the biggest fields are usually those $20,000 maiden claimers run as the last race on the card so it be part of the super high five bet (sorry never have bet that one. I have a hard enough time picking first place.)

So Wednesday and Thursday enjoy betting Aqueduct and Churchill Downs as Hollywood Park sticks to its four-day week.

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Monday’s top choices winners: 2 (Cook Inlet $7.40, first race; Burns Turn $4.80, third)

Monday’s second choice winners: 0

Monday’s third choice winners: 4 (Cervaro $4,20, fifth; Ranulf $7.40, sixth; Keldy $7.80, seventh; Proud Boss $7.80, eighth).

Monday’s lone shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Paynter works ‘great’ for BC Classic. The Dude to work Tuesday

From Ed Golden of the Santa Anita publicity department:

Paynter, Bob Baffert’s “other horse,” worked five furlongs in company Monday morning for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, going in a minute flat under jockey Martin Garcia. Workmate Den’s Legacy was given the identical time.

“He went awesome,” Baffert said of Paynter, who survived life-threatening ailments after winning the Grade I Haskell Invitational in 2012. “He really worked great today. In fact, both horses worked well.”

Game On Dude, the likely Classic favorite trained by Baffert, is scheduled to work Tuesday at Santa Anita for the $5 million Classic at 1 ¼ miles on Nov. 2. Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup races will be taken a week from today, Oct. 21.

Two Breeders’ Cup candidates trained by Steve Asmussen also worked on Santa Anita’s main track Monday, Justin Phillip (Sprint, five furlongs in 1:01, breezing), and Unbridled’s Note (Turf Sprint, five furlongs in 1:00.20). Argentine-bred Ever Rider (Marathon) worked four furlongs in 48.80 for Maria Munoz.

John Henry Stakes winner Indy Point worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s firm turf course in 1:13.60. “He couldn’t look better,” trainer Richard Mandella said.

Breeders’ Cup candidates have special dispensation to work on turf Mondays and Fridays, rather than Santa Anita’s normal turf work days of Thursday and Saturday.

Mandella said Zenyatta Stakes winner Beholder is scheduled to breeze “Tuesday or Wednesday” as the two-year-old filly champion of 2012 prepares for the $2 million Distaff on Nov. 1.

Mike Smith appears loaded for bear in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2. Agent Brad Pegram has the Hall of Fame jockey booked on Game On Dude in the Classic; Royal Delta in the Distaff; Points Offthebench in the Sprint; Little Mike in the Turf; Fascinating in the Juvenile Fillies; and Mizdirection in the Turf Sprint.

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