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Hollywood for Sunday 17 July 2011



Just a reminder we will not be covering the Fairplex meeting this year except for a few select days and even that is only a possibility. There was little interest last year and the break should do this aging brain of mine some good. 



We will be putting up a longshot in this spot on days that we have a price shot in a race where he did not qualify as one of our 2, 3, or 4 given selections.  

*Longshot not listed:  race 5 number 6 Hidden Romance..... many lousy trips in a row.....can be part of this if she can ever get the trip and show the same energy


Del Mar starts Wednesday!  We had a tremendous Del Mar meeting last year and a poor one the year before. Being the optimist that I am, I will chalk it up to my learning curve of the spectacular Southern California track. See you where the surf meets the turf.


Nice card to finish the Hollywood meeting with all the races rated

"average clarity" or better!



race 1    average clarity

2  A Moment In Time    sharper speed in last and working lately like an improving animal....should be in the hunt from the get go

4  Gab Power   off 7 weeks but that is right up his alley......seemingly gets ample pace up front to flatter his closing style

5  Tribal Desert   on the improve with every start....finally gets a good post

3  Senator Bob   very solid work tab putting some staying power into this gelding....believe the slumping P Val will try to wire


race 2    average clarity

5  Queenofcalifornia   both lifetime races on the Hol synthetic are quite a bit better then they appear in print

10  Gold In Excess   1st time Lasix following a race this filly flashed solid early speed....prior race in her mc debut she broke slow and ran wide....good speed jock aboard 

8  Tic N Chilly   prolonged work series especially for a bottom level maiden claimer suggests this Mitchell 1ster is ready to roll at 1st asking

4  Coastal Cathy   lone race at today's distance fits....the other 4 races don't.....hmmmm


race 3    average clarity

6  Ballestero   claimed and freshened up by Mitchell......sure is training like the claim was a good move...very dangerous

2  Lease Of Life   horrid trip in last hides a good effort........good history sprint to route

8  Advice   just claimed off of a decent effort and drops a small notch...easy to do with such nice purse money

9  Oh How Nice   last 2 of 3 races are par like efforts when you adjust for trouble


race 4    average clarity

3  Checkmark   race lacks speed and it appears that this horse can sit much closer today with Talamo.....trainer has had a nice meet and add to his good totals here 

10  Minister D'oro    last was decent but his effort 2 back was powerful.....can rebound to it but needs a good trip from a difficult post with Rosario back aboard

9  Make Papa Proud   2 straight poor trips in 2 lifetime races....race lacks speed and if this one breaks cleanly for the 1st time ever he can surprise here

1  Turn On The Pumps   race lacks speed and here it is.......not much staying power so Pedroza will have to put the brakes on early


race 5    average clarity

1  Shawlit Sundae    2 consecutive strong races and ample time off to shake off the toll that can take and fire another...5 of 8 at the distance

4  Gotham Spirit   sharp right now and fits fig wise but will need to overcome her tendency to hang

3  Meadow Lake Queen   good history at the distance and sure popped a fast 5/8ths drill last week

8  Afleet Sara    positive rider change to Rosario.......race 2 back is what we need and maybe even a little more

*see longshot on top of page


race 6    average clarity

2  El Adelantando   should be feeling good coming off a fairly soft paced wire to wire win......last July ran well versus much better.....can run from off the pace just fine and there is plenty of early speed in here....come on Kayla 

6  Sterling Outlook   dueled in nasty pace in last and rightfully tired....drops and turns back to a sprint....should be prominent from gate to wire

3  Golden Mexico   laid up a year but is training well and drops

1  Kuro   another laid up horse taking a small drop in claiming and training up to snuff


race 7   slightly above average clarity

5  Night Tide   pounded at the windows in debut and didn't disappoint......3rd place in the race ran a very impressive 2nd yesterday in a race wth a lightning fast recent 5/8ths drill

8  Majestic City   doubt last (in a Stakes win) would get the job done but ironically his MSW debut would....impressive 6F work just 6 days ago suggests we can see that debut effort or more today

1  Brigand   expensive March purchase showed brilliant early speed in winning at 1st asking and the pedigree to appreciate another 1/2 furlong


race 8    average clarity

1  Inponente Purse   needed last.....trainer is very good 2nd out after a layoff......impressive 7F drill.....loves the marathon distnce 

6  Celtic New Year    also training well and can handle the 1 1/2 mile distance

9  Ashtar   very nice animal from CHI has worked as if there is little doubt he is well meant in his USA debut....? is can he adapt to USA racing at 1st asking

4  Victorian Prince   big step up but sure is in good form and proved he can handle the marathon distance


race 9    slightly above average clarity

1  Ali's Lake   love the work pattern here for this 1ster.......good early speed applied in May and now an impressive series of 5F drills put into him in June and July.....speed and endurance.....hard to ask for more

9  River Kiss   good works for this O'Neill charge who wins most of his 1st time out maidens with  2 year olds

4  Natalie's Academy   another 1st timer training sharply....would have been rated higher if the drills were at Hollywood and not Santa Anita

3  Pumpkin Pie   some solid speed works in May for this 1ster.....has backed off the fast drills with slower works in June and July......may not back off today

2  Too Sharp   tossed a clunker in last.....debut race 2 back is pretty good

5  Best Present Ever   43 to 1 in a 6 horse field says the race was badly needed.....Kruljac is much better with 2nd time starters......expect more today 



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