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Hollywood for Friday 17 June 2011



Average card at best tonight. Remember I have to do a fund raiser at Arlington Park today. Will have comments (much more generic) for the top choice only as this is a much less racing savvy group then most of you out there in Racing Digestland.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

4  Warring Song   8 weeks into the meet and Mitchell is a hair short of a 50% win %........gelded before last and blinkers were removed....major wake up.....proven long distance in GB

2  Kelvar Kid   very impressive chase/duel and hold for the win in last.....previous race was stout as well....good work series for a sharp barn should have all set again

5  Cigar Man   recent works strongly suggest a top effort today.....deep closer seemingly gets ample pace up front and a small field of traffic to negotiate


race 2    average clarity

4  Green Card James   last was good considering it was run after a 13 month hiatus from the track.....can be fitter today and we get a positive jock switch

1  Gilligan    hot hot trainer and the horse has a stellar record at today's distance

2  Royal Import   consistent sort has a nice history when today's jock is aboard......he does need to overcome a small tendency to hang in the stretch


race 3    slightly below average clarity

9  First Queen   bad trip in last hides a decent effort somewhat.....positive switch in jocks.......trainer is very good 2nd out after a claim

7  Veillit'   cheap filly has been on an impressive roll at GG including a win in last over another similar hot horse......just claimed by Metz who is solid 1st run after a snatch

8  Led Advantage   consistent sort is now with the white hot Mitchell......expecting a good effort (how can you not?) but this filly likes to hang in the stretch

2  Stunningly   1st ever at 7F but closes nicely at 6 1/2 so the extra 1/2 furlong maybe a good fit


race 4    average clarity

8  Point Mugu   solid awakening with the blinkers on in last in a sprint....ran fine on the grass around two turns so the distance should be OK

5  Malaga Cove   bombed in no pace goofy affair in last.....race 2 back is solid

4  Slews Dark Knight   off since April 10th but has never trained better.....N French is a reliable trainer when he shows solid drills

3  My Boy Luke   sprint last fits fig/effort wise.....1st at a route....average pedigree for 1 1/16 distance


race 5    average clarity

7  Nextdoorneighbor   only race with blinkers on was a strong effort.....they are back on today and a recent powerhouse breeze suggests the horse has responded......consistent sort might be able to fire very best today

2  Tamarack Smarty   deep closer owns solid figs/efforts at today's 1 mile turf distance....will fly late if he gets a solid pace up front....tough call if he does or not

4  Tribal Nation   improving sort and appreciates the 1 mile distance on the sod

10  Teafatiller   positive rider switch....rushed way too early down the back-side in's jock is usually very patient...will need to find a way to get over on the 1st turn from a tough post


race 6    average clarity

5  Indian Knight   layoff run in last was average at best....but Baffert has this 3 year old doing better in the mornings now including a solid endurance building 7F drill

8  Channel Surf   very nice drills at Kee for this laid up Harty charge......should be ready to compete for the win versus a soft field of MSW's

2  Caramas   don't know a thing about the connections for this 1ster but I do know a dangerous work tab when I see one...great spot for a 1st timer if this horse is a runner

7  Crown Royalty   some life in this 1st starter's drills......bred to be a decent sprinter.......and as I said a good spot if he is a "runner"


race 7    average clarity

2  War Pilot   on the improve and has done little wrong in 3 career grass races.....should sit in good position up close to what looks like a possible soft paced race

7  Extensive   another on the right end off the learning curve.....young gelding has more than proven he can fire a good race after shipping

6  Midnight Interlude   2 straight nightmare races after showing promise.....see ya Grade 1 races......hello 70K Stakes...good grass pedigree....big potential for 1st or last...toss a coin


race 8    average clarity

5  Bryan Daniel   seemingly last 7 races fit well considering today's competition.....handles today's distance well and others in here may not

8  Quietly Waiting   last 2 races at 6 1/2 furlongs are his best 2 ever...the latest was run 2 back....good speed and K John is a good mix

12  Crispy Corey   would be top choice if this race was at 6F....but this gelding tends to flatten out at any distance beyond 6F...still dangerous

9  Clocker Moment   late runner should be flying late once again....could upset with a cleaner trip then he saw in his last

10  Unusual Jazz   1st timer has a few hints that he might be ready at 1st asking

4  Rosie Agreed   decent enough debut 21 May but only 1 work since is somewhat of a concern



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