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Hollywood and the Preakness for Saturday 21 May 2011



Big carry-over @ Hollywood and a very nice card. Enjoy a terrific day of racing.



race 12 Pimlico-Preakness      avg clarity

8  Dance City   passed on Derby for today's big race because he is a solid speed type route horse and Pimlico is usually very kind to speed...can get a nice stalk position with the great Dominquez up who knows the track well

11  Animal Kingdom   big preformance in the Derby can't be ignored

7  Midnight Interlude   looked dull in the Derby post parade so much so that I laid off of him even though he was my Derby pick....can rebound for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert....check appearance

10  Dialed In    barn will pull out all stops to win this with the 5 million dollar bonus if they win....could the Derby have been a gimme ? 

6  Sway Away   impressive wide move in the Oaklawn Park Derby cost him....fresh and training well....dangerous

5  Shackleford   battles tough on the front end...bit concerned he has 3 straight strong races in him

9  Macho Macho Man   ultra consistent sort should appreciate the cut back in distance


race 1    slightly above average clarity

1  Twodollarstowin   clearly best of a very soft looking group and appreciates the Hollywood synthetic

2  It's D'lovely   believe T C Baze will try to get loose and lonely on the front end in a race totally void of speed....shot to go wire to wire

6  Merrytagio   may have legged up some running way over her head in 1st ever on the lawn.....will need lifetime best or failure of our top 2 to pull off the win


race 2    average clarity

6  Photo Shopped   strong history for Canani MSW to maiden claiming and this colt is training up a storm on the Hollywood surface

3  Rock So Hard   another dropping out of MSW....this Baffert charge is capable of significant pace and might get away....takes the weight off entered for 40K and Bejarano usually makes the 113 lbs

5  Parable   1st ever on the AW but handles the grass and those that do often preform just fine on the AW as well.....only horse proven at a route albeit on the sod


race 3    average clarity

4  Earnednevergiven   very sharp right now......2 for 2 on the Hollywood grass in 6 furlong races....just claimed for 62.5K and gets a great spot to run for 80K

2  Quick Enough   awfully nice animal to be running for a tag even at the lofty level of $'s the scenario....wins if still in good shape....and...might be off the board if he isn't right

1  Don Tito   in good form on the main track....only grass race which was run at Crc was much better than it appears on paper and it was his MSW debut....not impossible


race 4    average clarity

3  Master Chef   gelding has rattled off 3 straight solid races that make him the one to overcome here.....race lacks speed and he has some and he seems to be very have never been better

5  Awesome Indy   crushed foes to break his MSW in last and earned basically the same figure as our top pick on the same day in a different race.....the 1 got the nod based on the his strong recent drills but lookout if this one moves forward again

2  Magnificent Blend   exits a fast heat of 20K claimers and I sure like that Diodoro steps this 7 year old gelding up in class as he is a trainer who is not at all afraid to drop a horse

1  Patriotic Soldier   solid turf tightener in last and a sizzling recent drill even for the king of the fast drills in Bruce Headley


race 5    average clarity

5  St. Trinians   not so hot on the conventional dirt so this top notch mare should greatly appreciate the move back to the synthetic.....and she seems to like the Hol aw the most....just missed holding off Zenyatta

6  American Story   keeps meeting every challange thrown at her with 3 wins and 2 and's in 5 lifetime races....Baffert is very dangerous with these great and weight off

1  Tanda    terrific filly on multiple surfaces and if she handles her 1st endeavor around 2 turns just as well she fits just fine here

2  Washington Bridge   another quality Stakes horse who we fell in love with last year and had some good scores with her.....2 for 2 at Hollywood and gets Bejarano back up who won both of those races at Hollywood


race 6    slightly above average clarity

1  Majestic City   love the breeding to produce a rocket like runner and the blazing morning drills support this.....can pop in lifetime debut

9  Gaming Lucky   trainer has been stellar so far in these 4 1/2 races for 2 year olds and has another 1st timer training well...showing both speed and endurance (3 straight works at 5F) in his works

2  Seeking The Sherif   work series just keeps getting better and this baby looks very sharp like our top 2 picks for his debut into the world of racing

3  Shireff Hutton   useful debut for this P Harrington charge (and besides her husband won the race) and she is much much more dangerous with 2nd time starters


race 7    average clarity

1  Caitie's Secret   very impressive speed turf horse has a great shot to wire in this spot

5  Cute N Sassy   filly finally gets to run on the grass which is something Mandella has wanted for her for some time.....very strong drills for a trainer like Mandella

3  Laura Beasley   long layoff but training well enough to possible be ready and she fits fine if that is the case......2 for 2 on the sod at today's distance


race 8   average clarity

4  Smoking Ben   out of the norm big drills for a 1ster for Cecil says this colt is a runner

5  L. A. Weekend   bred to be a nice sprinter and training like one as well....trainer is decent with 1st timers

11 Sun's Out   decent debut for for Gaines charge and training as if we can expect even more today

2  Circle The Moon   solid open company 2nd in MSW debut.......also working as if he has a very promising future


race 9    average clarity

2  The Whammer   in good form on the main track...lone grass race was run at 3 and it was trainer/rider combo of late

1  Mensa Heat   very consistent sort on any surface....just claimed and we get a very positive rider switch

3  Hidden Blessing   Armstrong charge appears to be on the rebound form wise and has good early speed in this spot....good start to the Hol meeting for the trainer

11  Royce   lone lifetime win came route to sprint and that is what we have here.....also big drills and a dangerous trainer who is awakening


race 10    slightly above average clarity

9  May Day Rose   easily the most accomplished horse in the field and training great...owns multiple races that are better then they look on paper

6  Big Tiz   last looks like prep city.....good recent drill....really finished up 2010 nicely and it was at Hollywood

2  Pedaltothemedal   needs to move forward and history says she will.....strong improvement in 2nd lifetime race last Summer....2nd after the layoff today


race 11    slightly below average clarity

6  Hotstepper    training as if he might crush this weak field....but.....seems difficult to phantom why this well bred pricey horse is starting for mc20K.....trainer has used Medina on good maiden 1sters in the past

14  Crispy Corey   last may have been nothing more then a gimme to drop into claiming and go without losing this horse at claiming box...if so a major factor

5  Ignited   needed last and likely to move forward

7  Titian   fairly consistent just a little short fig wise...but freshened up and usually fires best with ample time between races

4  Tuba Man   needs to rebound to efforts run in Spring of 2010.....2nd after the layoff might do the trick

11  Personalitary   long layoff but drops out of MSW.....good works but none showing since 3 April is a major concern






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