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 Thursday, Nov. 28

Of course, the big question is why do tracks continue to run on Thanksgiving. Can’t they give everyone associated with the sport at least the afternoon off to spend with family and friends?

Thanksgiving is for football and eating, two of my favorite things. LOL

But seriously, would it have killed Hollywood Park to race on Wednesday and not run Thanksgiving?

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FIRST RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Brown Is Beige, 3. Sunland Vintage. LONG SHOT: Lia Juliana.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sea John’s Spirit, 2. Dreamy Blues, 3. Humor Me. LONG SHOT: Mesana.

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RACE 3. 1. Highly Rated, 2. Dreditcardroulette, 3. Woebegon, 4.With a Miracle. LONG SHOT: Blushing Martha.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer claimed this 4-year-old filly HIGHLY RATED and promptly moves her up in class so he must like what he sees. She showed speed and will have to do so again from the rail. Jockey Rafael Bejarano retains the mount. Highly Rated is “stuck” in the race and likely to be scratched Thursday morning.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Anillo, 2. Majestic Stride, 3. Handsome Mike. LONG SHOT: Chosen Miracle.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hurryhank (best bet), 2. Thunder Cole, 3. Wings of Mojave. LONG SHOT: Good Company.

Trainer Andy Mathis found that this 3-year-old gelding likes the turf in his last race. He finished second in open maiden company at Golden Gate. Mathis now ships south to run in a Cal-bred maiden event. He gets top turf rider Joe Talamo to accept the mount and draw a nice cozy express. This is only the son of Stormin Fever’s third career start so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Too Obvious, 2. Curvy Kitten, 3. In Dad’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Princess Genevieve.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fury Kapcori, 2. Procurement, 3. Rosengold. LONG SHOT: Den’s Legacy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Princess of Pearl, 2. Elusive Luci, 3. Kid Rollins. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Dunmore East $4.20, first race; Indianapolis $8.20, fourth; Rousing Sermon $6.60, seventh; Luxuriance $10.60)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (My Secret Affair $10.40, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Monday, Nov. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Cook Inlet, 2. Joe Carl, 3. Senator Bon. LONG SHOT: Bank the Eight.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Impeccably, 2. Elegant Trick, 3. Blameitonthecat. LONG SHOT: Strollin Home.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Somethingabouther, 3. Indygo F M A. LONG SHOT: Sweet Tess.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Seeking the West, 2. Wicked Finance, 3. Well Lawyered. LONG SHOT: Super Sam.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Proven Warrior, 2. Navarre, 3. Cervaro. LONG SHOT: Aqua Revelation.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. ROCKY BARBOA (best bet, 2. Eight Stitiches, 3. Ranulf. LONG SHOT: Shining Son.

Trainer Eric Kruljac has been on fire lately and here he drops this 3-year-old gelding ROCKY BARBOA into a claimer. The gelding has a good work after a bit of a layoff and he has a win and second over this track.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tiz a Classy Lass, 2. Krazypapaya, 3. Keldy. LONG SHOT: Blazen All Star.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tenkiller Kid, 2. Perfect Magic Man, 3. Proud Boss. LONG SHOT: Coranto.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Great Friends Rule $4.80, first race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Bajan $3.60, second; King Maya $4, fourth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Miss Charming $17, third; Big Macher $19.40, fifth; Mass Transit $13.20, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Warren’s T. Baze $5.60, ninth)

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Five Palms $4, seventh race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Shared Belief $5, third; Lady of the Nile $7.40, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ricsprentiousgal $4.20, fourth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Rossi Reserve $10.60, first; Echo Zulu $4.20, second)

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Santa Anita pick for Sunday, Nov. 3

Sorry guys, fried after covering Breeders’ Cup so this will be it for Sunday unless I see something unusual. I did notice Joel Rosario riding the program so look at his horses closely. Check me on Twitter to see if I have any opinions or there are some big works.

Race 1: #10 Big Wags

This 6-year-old gelding has four lifetime wins in 11 attempts over the Santa Anita track and a front-running win at the meet. Trainer Bill Spawr is master at the route-to-sprint move (53 percent) and expect another big effort with jockey Agapito Delgadillo aboard.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, October 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. Long Legged Lovely, 3. Warrens China Doll. LONG SHOT: Psalm Sixteen.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Golden Itiz, 2. Half Strike, 3. Would You. LONG SHOT: Liberty Cap.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Galehorn (best bet), 2. Amy Jane, 3. Blameitonthecat. LONG SHOT: See Through.

GALETHORN, a 2-year-old filly, was purchased privately after finishing second at 50-1 in a one-mile turf maiden special race at Delaware Park. A daughter of Gators N Bears is bred to love the grass, which she did, and now she gets her first look at the downhill turf course for trainer John Sadler, who puts excellent turf jockey Joe Talamo aboard.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Black Tie, 2. Ghost of Harrenhal, 3. Still Unbroken. LONG SHOT: Anythingtogeteven.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Love Tale, 3. Gittel. LONG SHOT: Tanquerray.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Traweek, 2. Anabaa Premium, 3. Hurry Home Clover. LONG SHOT: Bob Consultation.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Boller Bomb, 2. Fanticola, 3. Moulin de Mougin. LONG SHOT: Rosies Ready.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Patriot C H, 2. Visions of Candy, 3. Perfect. LONG SHOT: Nezi O’s Gold.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (I See Back $9.60, second race; Java Man $4.60, third; Taste Like Candy $11, fifth; Angel’s Moon $6.60, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Tom’s Tribute $4, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Diamonddusted $16.60, fourth; Smart N Dream $6.60, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Oct. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Marino Mizer, 2, Broker Brett, 3. Big Macher. LONG SHOT: Anytime.

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo makes any interesting choice here as he jumps off another horse that finished second last time out to ride MARINO MIZER, a 3-year-old gelding, who got squeezed at the start, still pressed the pace, but faded in the stretch. Look for a better effort in this spot.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Lucky Rose, 2. Frandontjude, 3. Violate. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

MY LUCKY ROSE was favored last time on the drop into the maiden claiming ranks but she finished a disappointing fifth. Trainer Bob Baffert must be hoping the switch to dirt does the gtrick. VIOLATE is making the big drop from straight maidens. MUDGE is a first-timer from the crafty Steve Miyadi barn.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Ready for More, 3. Camp Victory. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

MEGA HEAT has two wins over the course and takes a drop back into a $50,000 claimer. The last time the 6-year-old gelding ran at this level, he won. Plus leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over. MEGA HEAT IS SCRATCHED.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Warrens Wild Thing, 2. Tuckers Point, 3. Tamarack Smarty. LONG SHOT: Unusual Jazz.

Trainer John Martin, who mainly runs in Northern California, claimed WARRENS WILD THING at Del Mar and he sees fit to run in Southern California, even though the horse was training at Golden Gate. The 7-year-old gelding has never won a race on dirt, but Martin is 35 percent first off the claim.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Clearly Confused, 2. Scary Fast, 3. Coco de Carchy. LONG SHOT: Lil Cheyenne.

CLEARLY CONFUSED has a 5-1-1-1 record on dirt back East, but she was shipped West to run at Del Mar. She drops from a $32,000 claimer into a race for $12,500. She comes out of a key race and has been training well at Santa Anita.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. LLANDUDNO (best bet), 2. Atta Girl Alma, 3. Madre Luna. LONG SHOT: Heat Trap.

LLANDUDNO, a 3-year-old filly, lost to the undefeated Bob Baffert filly Socialbug by a length at Del Mar. She broke her maiden running over the downhill turf course which gives her a leg up on quite a few here. Jockey Joe Talamo decides to stick around. ATTA GIRL ALMA has also won previously over the course.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Circle the Moon.

BLUE TONE has two lifetime wins, both on synthetic, but he finished a decent third in his career debut on the dirt at Santa Anita in April. He is by Birdstone so he is bred to love the dirt and he’s in good form for trainer Bob Hess and jockey Mike Smith.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Song of the Times, 2. Runaway Que, 3. Candy Anniversary. LONG SHOT: Flying Open.

Top jockeys don’t often stick around for the last race of the day, especially a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds, but trainer Ed Moger Jr. got Garrett Gomez to ride SONG OF THE TIMES so he rates a long look after fading at Fairplex Park. RUNAWAY QUE is a first-timer to keep an eye on. Trainer Jeff Mullins wins 24 percent first time out and 27 percent with maiden claimers.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Miss Personality $10.80, 2nd races)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Tom’s Tribute $4.60, 5th; Magestic Stinger $6, 7th; Indy Point $6, 8th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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