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Hollywood for Thursday 27 June 2013


Three weeks left until the action heads on down to Del Mar and we will be looking at 5 days a week racing through the first week of September.

Seems like an average card today but a little bit of excitement with a pick 6 carry-over of $94,863

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Miz Wounded Knee   bad gate horse but awfully strong runs after tardy starts......easy in hand ride in last and improved works suggests this filly feels quite trainer rider/combo......plenty to like outside of her bad starts

5  Saturday Nite Wish   1st time in claiming for this laid up set of preparatory works for a layoff runner of Thomas Blincoe's in many a moon.......that and the fact that her 1st race in ten months is not a protected non-claiming event suggests she is ready

3  Metaxa   should be able to be on or near the lead in this spot and gets a jock upgrade to the circuits top gun in Bejarano

race 2    slightly above average clarity

2  Single Launch   par like run in latest but what we want is his effort 2 races back with a smoother that bad trip race he was beaten 4L for the win and had about 8 lengths of trip trouble......seems highly likely to get a ground saving close up position here in this spot

5 Congregationalist    off 3 months but returns as a 1st time gelding and his preparatory works hint the ultimate equipment change has done him some good.......seems like the best early foot here and he is a good gate horse

3  Alkaray   showed decent life in his only lifetime grass sprint race and it was his debut.....was 53 to 1 that day so most likely he wasn't exactly cranked up for his very best in MSW debut.......drops into mdn claiming for his 1st ever on the main track


 race 3    average clarity

4  Full's Figurehead    sure seems as if Maldonado can be loose on the lead in this spot void of much early speed and that combined with a logical drop in class makes him the one to overcome

7  Briteness   tossed a clunker in latest after 3 efforts that would fit fine here.......claimed in last and a good work tab for his new conditioner hint that a rebound has a shot at occurring this afternoon

6  Light Of Life   just claimed in last by Dean Pederson who historically is rather good 1st out after he snatches a horse at the claiming box

3  It's Aine


race 4    average clarity

2  Power Pad   like last race Maldonado appears to have a good chance to be loose and lonely on the front end.......Richard Mandella seems to have him all cranked up off of the extended hiatus from racing.......and this gelding ran very big "fresh" in his MSW debut and the effort is hidden somewhat by a bad trip-a-roo

6  Blame It On Tekela   good work regiment for this Mullins 1st timer and Mullins is quite hot of late......and Gary Stevens doesn't get on that many of late but most of the one's that he does ride are "live"

1  Major Affair   best ever was lone grass race in 5 lifetime starts.......sure like the 3 straight 6F drills put in as this three year old could use a little more punch late and those 3 drills are likely to add that late "punch"

5  Cacau


race 5   average clarity

1  Rock This Way   best early speed and a red hot trainer/rider combo.......improved in latest and a better work tab since........wire to wire attempt here 

6  Big Wags   4 wins and one 2nd in last 5 starts all of which were run at a route of ground........loves the Hol Cushion Track and this might be his last shot to run on it's surface till November so you would think Eurton will be all out to get a top performance out of this 6 year old 1st out after the claim

7  Arraignment   3 of 4 last turf races fit well this Sadler runner can duplicate one of those efforts today running on the AW for only the 2nd time ever he should fit........tough call but surely a dangerous sort

3  Dugan Hill


race 6    slightly below average clarity

2  No Tricks For Jack   stepped up one notch and came thru with a solid win.......steps up once again but this time multiple claiming markedly better since his last so an improvement seems likely

1  Addendum   1st or 2nd in four races at the distance.........and sure like the rider switch from a low % jock to a hot apprentice and his mandated break in the weights.....such a deal

3  Victoriously Jewel   4 for 6 lifetime on the AW all of which was run at GG.........seems spotted well at the 32K tag.......should be in the hunt from the get go

8  Woebegon


race 7    average clarity

5  Little Jerry   on the right end of the learning curve both on the turf and the AW and his latest is hidden somewhat in that this colt ran wide on a good rail day and it was a fast heat for the level........solid recent drills..........cut back of 1/16th appears to be a plus

3  Horizon Sky   running lines and pedigree are crying out for more ground to cover..........finally gets an extra 1/16th today to aid his late surge 

1  Unbridled Giant   Baffert charge has done little wrong in 3 route races on the sod........blinkers off and blinkers off historically for Baffert is one of his stronger training stats and that is saying something with all his success over the years


race 8    average clarity

3  Mr. Fitzramathron   15 to 1 in a MSW for a hot trainer at the meet in Mulhall suggests that was the gimme/tightener to drop and go go go this afternoon in 2nd lifetime start

4  J Man    talk about some unlucky connections.....until today this gelding caught 6 consecutive outer most posts (9, 10 or 11)........most of his sprint races fit and quite a few are hidden by bad trips.....better post and hot apprentice up.......maybe the worm turns this afternoon 

8  Wise Boss   trainer constantly struggles (at least the last few years) with her Tup Arizona shippers......maybe claiming at Hollywood (and dropping one notch) will be a different story.......we shall see......she sure could use a win or even a 2nd in S Cal

1  Point Happy

9  Destino

7  Entitled Punk




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