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Hollywood for Saturday 22 June 2013


Another year older today but my passion for handicapping hasn't diminished a bit over the years which surprises me somewhat.  Hope I picked them well today and hope my beloved Chicago Blackhawks stick it to the Boston Briuns tonight. That's all it takes at my age to make for a happy birthday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Everton   powerful MSW debut win for this beautifully bred Baffert colt who only needs a repeat run today to be formidable here.......a move forward would be icing on the already sweet cake

4  Celebrity Status   definitely on the right end of the learning curve........can compete for the top prize if this gelding can keep the trend intact this afternoon

1  Motown Men   dangerous lead type only will most likely be all out to snatch the lead........1 for 1 on the AW.........1 for 10 on other surfaces


race 2    average clarity

5  Ebony N Lee   not much doing in 2012 and 2013 so the drop to the bottom rung of claiming in S Cal makes sense and seems overdo especially since the connections claimed her for only $7,500.........decent rider/trainer combo too

4  Warren's Venedalucy   last 3 of 4 races fit well here and her latest is hidden by a bad trip.....broke a little tardy and ran wide on a good rail day........cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be a good thing

7  Lanida   keeps dropping and not winning and failed to hold a soft paced route lead in last......but........she might be better sprinting and drops once again this time to the very bottom

6  Raisn' Cain


race3    slightly above average clarity

1  Doinghardtimeagain    handles any surface and handles any distance........2 for 2 with Bejarano in the saddle.........very impressive tightly spaced works series finishing with 4 consecutive bullet drills........what a nice three year old filly

3  Iotapa   great 50K claim by Sadler has done little wrong in 4 lifetime races......her only loss came at the hands of the spectacular filly our top pick this filly is training very sharply

5  Ondine   exits a ridiculously slow paced race in last and won going away in a race that might have been so easy on her that it might have been the perfect workout and she might be feeling great for today......and she gets in very light at 115lbs......and there is that Baffert guy


race 4   average clarity

6  Brother Pete    nice move forward in 2nd lifetime race.......1st going a route but sure has a nice pedigree to appreciate a one mile grass race......Bejarano stays aboard for the 3rd straight time.....and that on a maiden is usually a very good sign

1  Kin   last was OK but what we want is his race 2 back which was at today's 1 mile distance on the turf........good post and a jock that has a much better record on the turf than the dirt

2  Boss Of Me   yet to run a big race but continues to train like a very nice horse........trainer is often at his best with horses with 45-90 days between starts and that is the case today

5  Horizontalyspeakin


race5   slightly below average clarity

7  Hurry Home Clove    Peter Miller laid up runner goes off at 30 to 1.....that says gimme........drops into claiming today........go go go today and seemingly owns the best early speed in the field

2  Insideondoutside   another dropping and the drop into claiming seems logical......1st on the AW but handles the turf and most runners that handle the turf handle the Hol Cushion Track

6  Lovemeister   today's distance seems like a good fit.......and a hint of a horse on the rebound when taking a look at his most recent work-out 

4  Bob Consultation


race 6   average clarity

3  Midnight Crooner   ultra consistent smooth looking runner on firm turf when competing at 1 1/16th or less (6 4 1 1).......that'll do

5  Reach A Decision   last was the needed run off of the one year hiatus from racing and the race is better than appears in print.......fits here with a logical forward move and a decent trip this time

1  Surrey Star   likely to get a close up ground saving trip at least thru turn 1 and that is 1/2 the battle.......trainer Cassidy is better this meeting than his record indicates as his runners quite often have found trouble in their respective races

4  Dunmore East


race 7  average clarity

5  Celtic Moon   Miller 1ster is working as if meant and ready to roll in his MSW debut.......colt was just bought at sale in April so his connections pretty much realized what they were getting

1  Ontology    just bought at sale in March for over $200K and is training as if he might be worth his lofty purchase price

7  Nevada City   very bad trip in MSW debut with about 8L of trip trouble and only beaten for the win by 9 3/4L......and went off at 40 to 1 so I doubt Harrington had him all that cranked up for his debut

9  Alpine Luck

Long-shot Possibilities:   2  Hollywood Groom   mom has tossed 7 winners from 9 starters and this 1st timer has been hitting the track an average of less than 7 days for the past 2 1/2 months......yikes.........might have a fitness advantage


race 8    average clarity

5  He Be Fire N Ice   different much improved horse running 2 turns on the sod.....2 for 2 and his latest is very strong running par for today's level despite checked a couple of lengths and running slightly tab hints a repeat performance can occur this afternoon

1  Circle The Moon   a touch shy figure wise of others in here but sure looks like he should get a good ground saving on or near a semi-soft pace position in the race......and has a good front end rider aboard in Maldonado

2  Ivanho   big run in last earning a solid adjusted for trouble fig here and his chances were compromised by sitting in the back of a slow paced the horse's chances to fire another very strong effort but once again the pace scenario might work against him....we shall see

6  Kid Edward


race 9   average clarity

1  Hustlin Nu   obviously lone lifetime race run way back in Fall of 2011 would crush these.......doubt anywhere near the same horse but his works hint he might be 75% of what he was and that still makes him the one to beat here if he is

4  Dramatic Allen   improving Stute runner just drilled a 47 flat bullet best of 49 work strongly suggesting he is sitting on his best ever this afternoon

6  The Gatekeeper   Sadler brings back this gelding at the same 20K price he claimed him were dull at first for this Sadler newbie but are improving of late hinting it took awhile to set this runner right......seems likely to fire his last or better today

5  Dance Floor Junkie

8  Grand Gambler

14  Fighting On



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