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Hollywood for Saturday 18 December 2010


Track was tough on speed (with another dull inside) yesterday even with the moisture. I leaned that way slightly for today.


race 1    slightly above average clarity  

picks are good for both the turf or the AW 

6  Khendum   big troubled effort in last (and should have been put up) or would have won....proven at a route turf or the dirt...very solid sprint fig in last

7  Mutually Benefit   big move forward in connections.....turf proven only but the breeding should handle the AW just fine 

3  Life Well Lived   needed last and good likelihood moves forward as most everything from the Harty barn is firing on all cylinders......AW race 2 back in May was a strong very wide 2nd place effort


race 2    slightly below average clarity

7  Mikrokosmo   good route tune-up especially considering it was off a long 1 year layoff.....back in 6 days and he can be a very fit animal for 7 furlongs if he exited his return race in good shape

6  Regal Fever   moved forward some in last and needs the trend to continue....positive rider switch...small but capable barn

3  Warren's Wild Thing   rounding into form and I really like the 11 Dec drill...similar work occurred last July before this one's best ever on Aug 8

8  Mr. Night Rider   good move forward in last.....will need another...blinkers on to try and get that improvement


race 3    average clarity

7  Portland   no shot in last dueling on a dull rail with a very solid pace......last 3 races all fit effort/fig wise

5  Diamond Journey    decent Mdn debut at Tup and bothers to ship....and look who is willing to ride....Mr Gomez....barn is dent with 2nd timers

6  Miss I Carly   last was probably the turf 1st start tune-up to leg up and drop into claiming and go go go

3  Officerwasispeedin   horse should finish well coming off a route race and many in here may not


race 4    average clarity

picks are good for both the turf or the AW

8  Believe In Hope   good layoff run in last in a sprint looks like the preparation for today's route race...chances increase if the race is taken off the grass as I anticipate it will be

9  Hudson Landing   another with a nice sprint tightener in his layoff last.....has run some very impressive route races since Morey took over

4  Tweebster   a little short fig wise but training better than ever and that's saying something when Bob Baffert is your conditioner

2  Winesome Charm   on the improve and stepping up a notch to 62.5K suggests we may see another move in the right direction


race 5    average clarity

4  Gnarly Dude   won mc debut for fun and was claimed by Mulhall....bombed on the dirt....freshened up and is training exceptionally well.....big effort likely today

5  Chiloquin   small but very capable outfit sends out this gelding that showed improvement with the addition of blinkers in latest...decent fig was earned

2  Basic Strategy   bit short fig wise but everything is running out of the Miller leave one of his horse's out and you get it yours truly being a bit paranoid


race 6    average clarity

5  Arousel   2 solid MSW races in 2 starts....can range up from the outside and if the track plays like it has been lately that will be the trip we want

4  Foreboding   1ster is out of a nice broodmare and was sold for big like all systems go....good shot to live up to his name....Darley/Harty/Gomez....not too shabby for connections

1  Sinai   Baffert 1st timer is training like he is well meant in MSW debut and would have been rated higher if it wasn't for drawing the 1 hole at 6 1/2 F...often tough on anyone...especially tough on a 2 year old


race 7    average clarity

6  Sweet And Jazzy   2 solid positives going for this 3 year old filly......easily best ever at today's distance and good history back in relatively short rest

2  Suances De Espana   horrid trip in last and still ran 2nd......last 4 races on the main track are solid

4  Lost Prophet   on the improve....last fits solidly.....I am concerned that so far in 10 starts this one appear to be " a lead type only"....might not get and/or lose speed hasn't be too  good lately...but then again the weather might change that

1  Desert Dearest   horse came in fit from Tup and tossed a clunker in last....have to give her another chance especially at the big price she might go off at


race 8    slightly above average clarity

5  Mr. Bossy Pants   wide with pace in last hides a nice comeback effort off of the 10 month layoff.....3 very reassuring drills since and top jock sticks around...potential seems there to fire a big race

4  Hunch   lookout if this quality colt needed his last....was bet very hard at the windows and had worked as if ready....toss a coin

1  Sreakin' Mohican   extremely quick animal early has P Val up.....shot to wire especially if the rail firms up with the rain

6  Yankee Station   deep closer loves Hollywood and you would think Shirreffs would have him totally ready off the layoff to run a big effort as this is it till Spring for Hollywood


race 9    average clarity

7  Gourmet Dinner    done everything right in 5 lifetime races....and sure showed he can handle shipping....only negative seems to be the fact this is his 1st ever on the synthetic

10  Comma To The Top   both route races are very impressive both pace and final time wise.....has cleared from the far outside in his last 2 so he is more than capable of doing it again

2  J P's Gusto   solid fig at Hol....and at today's 1 1/16 distance....home base advantage is significant usually

3  Rustler Hustler   big step up but sure has the right connections to get the job awfully well at GP


race 10    average clarity

4  Pay For Play    O'Neill who is shooting for the trainers title means all business here dropping this filly and getting Gomez to ride...only negative I can see is that she does tend to hang

1  Irridescent Red   showed good speed from the same post in last....rack lacks speed....lone win was wire to wire.....dangerous likely front runner

5  Dislitleliteomine   last looks like the gimme to drop and go today for this filly who hasn't earned enough top pay her feed bills in 2010

2  Really Elegant   not sure we will get the same horse as her hidden good effort in last but a major factor if we since last aren't exactly reassuring

9  Flashy Traveler   another who tends to hang when it counts but drops to a level where she can compete and maybe put her nose in front when it counts




Posted on December 18, 2010 at 11:00 am by brian · Permalink
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