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Hollywood for Saturday 12 May 2012


Second 1/2 of the today's card sure seems better but you never know. Make sure you have the right day as Friday, Saturday and Sunday posted Friday night

Doing same format for Belmont Day as we did for Kentucky Derby Day for those interested. Derby Day sure went well.


race 1    slightly below average clarity

2  Choco Ale   passing on running against maidens....maybe because the purse money is better for the same claiming here in debut last....repeat at today's lower level will make her tough

1  Lewkodonia   wired to break maiden in last....will try it again here from a tougher post

5  Anna You're Up   ridiculous placement in last....back to reality......prior 3 races  (2 of them versus older) fit fine


race 2    average clarity

6  Mythical Power   last nice horse to take the plunge for Baffert was Solar Power who won in guess is....(hopefully an educated one)......that this horse has a couple of races in her before physical trouble sets in.....can win today with many claims put in

2  Clue Me In   ultra consistent sort seems at very best with short rest and that is what we have today

4  Spartan Jet   big effort especially pace wise the last time this gelding ran fresh......fresh today.....same trainer....same rider.....obvious wire to wire attempt today

1  Earnednevergiven    trainer is in drop mode to salvage what he can of his stock that is headed south.....not impossible


race 3    slightly below average clarity

3  American Act   unreal win in last blowing the turn and still managing to win while drifting out in the stretch....should get a nice chase position behind the 1 horse

2  Drill   2 for 2 at the somewhat specialty distance of 7F......both of those wins were strong efforts/figs....should be motoring late with lots of space being that this is a 4 horse field


race 4    slightly below average clarity

9  Courageousandbold   debut race 2 back fits here especially getting in for less weight with the app up and entered for 18K....? is can this filly get over clipping heels and falling in her last....recent bullet drill hints she might

6  Royal Lac Du   vastly improved in last but in pace and final time...same run 1/2 furlong more and she will be in the hunt for the win from the get go

2  Ralphy Girl   best on the Hollywood ever is still her mc debut run six races back....might need that race today to win this if our top 2 run their best

10  Devoted sure look good enough to be ready in her maiden debut....negative.....not the best connections as far as getting a 1ster to fire in their debut

Possible Long-shot:   1  Torre Italiana  best ever was one of the few times this filly ran off of short rest......and it was at Hol....short rest today


race 5    slightly above average clarity

1  Donato   bad trip in last....toss out......solid wire to wire grass win 2 back.....stout preparatory drills....looks loose and rather sure this gelding feels good

2  Clearance Clarence   Mullins/turf/horse in good form.....very reliable situation the last couple of months

7  Gothic Samurai   gimme in last followed by an impressive 7F and ready back where he a turf route

8  Life Is A Rock   short fig wise lately....but owns back numbers that fit....and just claimed by George Lopez who has been moving almost any runner forward of late


race 6    average clarity

3  Northern Iowa   decent effort in MSW debut especially considering the lack of betting at the windows......tighter today......and with a logical 3 or 4 lengths of improvement today this youngster can upset the apple cart....good rider/trainer combo the last couple of months

6  Half  Strike   work tab for this Mandella runner has ready written all over it....showing speed and endurance in the drills

2  Royal Meridian   one 5 year old versus 7 3 year old's......but gains 7 lbs...I'd rather be the 3 year old considering this is only a 6F race......does fit solidly though off of 2 consecutive slightly better than par MSW efforts

5  Eaton Hall   lead type only seems better sprinting....should welcome returning to 1 turn racing....1st ever on the AW is a ? mark....wire to wire attempt most likely


race 7    slightly above average clarity

3  Lake Maracaibo   big move forward in 2nd lifetime sprint.....that effort repeated long today will make her very tough....bred to appreciate routes more than sprints too....2 very reassuring works...stout rider/trainer team

6  Jolly Days   very strong slop run hidden some by a bad trip....checked hard on turn one and the checking also made her rank for awhile....1st on the lawn but bred fine for.......gets stout turf rider in Gomez

10  Lady Ten   last was a pace-less affair.....toss it out.....previous was solid running way too wide close to the pace and still closed for 2nd....same effort with a better trip and she is as good as anyone in here....not an easy post though

5  Playful Humor   sat too far off a very slow pace and still managed to close ground in her MSW debut....blinkers on to sit closer today....somewhat dangerous 2nd timer but she best be a good one as there is a lot of big race potential in our top 3 picks


race 8    average clarity

4  Octane   broke a length slow and still set a fast pace and won......great sign to work 2 strong 5F drills since with the last getting the rare (at least in Cal) breeze notation...same or better today

2  Obsess   mid pack runner should get what he needs here to have a shot and that is plenty of heat up front

6  Seventh Avenue    Bonde shipper from IRE broke his maiden at 1st asking on the AW and at odds of 33 to 1....seems to indicate the horse is better than many thought before his debut....good drills suggests he's ready for his first run in the good old U S of A

7  L. A. Weekend    extremely fast early especially in his MSW debut last May at Hol....solid work tab and fresh once again....dangerous possible speed of the speed


race 9    average clarity

1  Love My Gal   owns good speed in this spot and a decent post at 5 1/2 furlongs......shot to wire with light weight app up...that is if he doesn't get tossed again

8  Strawberry Route   strong key for Miller is laid up maiden drop downs...that is what we have here

9  Silver Gun Girl   bet hard in debut and ran rather decent.....small move forward and she should be as tough as anyone in the field

13  Pumpkin Pie   been away 10 months but drops from MSW to the bottom and the works suggest he is ready

3  Bella Marino   works hint that this laid up runner might be returning as a much improved animal....she better be

4  Willetta  



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