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Hollywood for Thursday 24 May 2012


I am back from a very nice vacation (California dreaming) and ready to do some handicapping. Great work by our assistant Dave Gordon last week. I was very satisfied with his selections and I hope you were too.

Average card at best today.


race 1    average clarity

3  Citizen Bernstein   only horse in the field to work longer the today's race distance.......should have some staying power and many Bonde 1st timers have good early speed

2  Clearly Confused   good steady work tab for this Eurton 1st timer......bred fairly well to have some gas early

6  Kiptiddy Do   on the improve with every start......needs trend to continue or for the 1st timers to be green or weak

5  Gloryandprayer   work 12 May is solid for this 1ster and makes this Knapp 1st timer dangerous


race 2    average clarity

6  Red Intrigue   here's your wire to wire attempt with a good speed rider aboard....rather sure she's loose.....not as sure she can last a route of ground......OK route pedigree

3  Malibu Love   improved filly since the blinkers were added 2 races back........good move forward 2nd out after the layoff last winter....2nd out after a layoff here....decent shot to get a nice chase position

7  Warren's Hope   continues to train like she can run some.....maybe she will show more ability 1st time at a route of ground

1  Blue Eyes Included   not much more to say than the over used....."best of the rest"


race 3    average clarity

1  Going For a Spin   consistent turf runner just fired her lifetime best albeit on the AW......but I think she handles the grass just as well.....gets ample time (4 weeks) to recovery from a hard race......very likely to sit 1st or 2nd in what will likely be a reasonable pace

4  Talktoomuch   top turf figs stand out here and even her weaker grass numbers fit somewhat.......Mulhall is very dangerous 2nd out after the claim and that is what we have here

6  Linda Lou   seems very sharp right now.....toss out the last time she raced in a1 mile grass race....a very suspect goofy ride by Smith......1st and 2nd in her other 2 one mile grass races


race 4    average clarity

9  Miss Maddie Bea   owns the best early speed in this field by quite a bit..........wire shot here especially in a 5 1/2 furlong affair

8  Stupendus Princess   best races are with 3 weeks off.........1st time in 2012 gets 3 weeks rest.....fairly sure she should fire best race of 2012

6  Love My Girl   decent shot to chase our top pick with the light weight apprentice scr. May 12th but did work well since

4  Kentucky Tale   beat 7 of 11 horses in layoff last.......will most likely need to move forward here for her one horse trainer....fits if she does


race 5    average clarity

3  Logical Single    very consistent sort sure has a good foundation in her preparatory drills.........and Pederson is stellar off of prolonged layoffs like today

8  Missdealornodeal   another with solid consistency......and 1 for 1 at the distance......Hollendorfer seems to be awakening.....very due to get on a roll

1  Caribaya Queen   good forward move in last........either liked the Hol turf course and/or improved 1st time Bruce Headley.....same or better today fits

5  Pick And Pray   owns dangerous speed and also owns a stout 5F grass drill worked just 6 days ago.....better horse on the grass....seemingly should stick to turf racing


race 6    average clarity

4  Valentine Boy   significant move forward last year in 2nd lifetime out after the layoff seems like a very good thing....also....owns decent early speed in a race that lacks it

2  Floating Feather   last race fits....effort/energy displayed 2 races back with a good trip would be hard to overcome

7  The Black   on the right end of the learning curve......might be the best animal...... but....... must come from out of it in a race lacking speed....not the best of pace scenario's

3  Caffeine High    good history at 6F (3 2 1 0)......will need very best and might get it running at 3/4's of a mile


race 7    slightly below average clarity

2  Live Sundays   quite good early in career and appears to be rebounding to a similar level....1 for 1 at Hollywood and it was one of his best efforts ever......capable GG trainer invades to face the big boys

3  Italian Rules   likes contact to the front end of things and seemingly should be on or near the lead here......also....seems to like the 6F distance best

4  Racing Aptitude   another who is 1 for 1 at Hol and it might have been his top effort ever as well........would have rated higher if this was run longer than 6 furlongs....might be t0o late if the pace is reasonable and it looks like it might be


race 8    average clarity

2  Romaine   green and boxed in layoff last and still won quite easily......smoother trip and same effort/energy and the new on the scene apprentice can get his 1st Hol score

7  Toy   last looks the gimme in a non-claiming affair to drop and go go go 2nd out after the layoff......Mullins has been awfully dangerous the last 3 months or so

5  Cragmont   big recent drill especially considering the level....another seemingly poised to fire big 2nd after the layoff

10  What's For Dinner   5 1/2 looks like a good fit.....will need top effort or will be running for a slice of the pie only

8  Marshland   horse seemingly fits well but my trip notes on the apprentice jockey Bednar aren't too hot.....needs to start riding smoother or he will be looking for a softer circuit

1  Good Lite   on the improve and his last fits........ drills since his last run 25 days aren't everything......but......they sure are reassuring at times.....but.........


Remember:  A special 13 race Belmont race card on June 9th is being offered for only $25.95. That breaks down to less than $2 per race.



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