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Hollywood for Sunday 22 December a day to remember in 2013

It's the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: "goodbye"    -Kurt Vonnegut

Sums up my feelings about the closing of one of the USA's most historic racetracks.


OK card to close out the meeting.

Santa Anita starts on the 26th with a 9 race card.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Wicked Finance   consistent route runner turf or synthetic.........reassuring drill since his neck loss in latest his 1st on the lawn........seems likely to be flying late

7  Maxx the Giant   riding title battle today begins here.....Bejarano looks as if he can sit right behind our fourth pick and try to overtake him in on the 2nd turn or stretch and then try to hold off the Calvary charge

6  Apostle Paul   Talamo (battling with Bejarano for the riders title) will be one of those closing in on Bejarano and our 4th pick in the late stretch if all goes well.......fairly consistent sort and 1st time as a gelding.......usually a significant plus

5  Aqua Revelation

Long-shot consideration:   1  China Girl   MSW debut on the sod was decent considering how difficult it is to get a newbie to run 1 1/8th in their lifetime debut........and the race is a key one.......solid jock upgrade today and with 7 lbs. less.......bullet 5/8ths drill......dangerous price shot


race 2    average clarity

5  Woodlandsway   drops to a level that this 2nd time with Kitchingman runner fits.......and lone win came in her only lifetime race on an AW surface........filly beat 11 foes on the poly at Wolverhampton GB

8  Hugger of Trees   last two races at GG fit fine here for this Kruljac runner.....seems likely to get a nice mid pack or stalking position.......very dangerous if she runs as well on the Hollywood AW as she did on Golden Gate AW

7  Valarta   hello Hollywood.......three-year-old filly just fired lifetime best and broke her maiden in her 1st ever on the Bhp AW........the race is somewhat hidden in that this filly hugged the wood on a dull inside day..........impressive 4F bullet work since.........same or better seems likely today

3  Willeta


race 3    average clarity

7  Highly Rated   just claimed by Hollendorfer and when the stout trainer stops some on a claim and works him well he means bizzz.....and Bejarano/Hollendorfer are one tough team these days

2  Backintheacademy   vastly improved since the blinkers became part of this runner's arsenal.......impressive 2nd versus better in last.....bit wide and blocked and still only lost by 1  3/4L for the win.......not my favorite grass rider up but he does get a nice post to deal with

5  Prettypriceygirl   four year old filly does awfully well when she is able to sit in a stalking to mid pack position......sure seems like she will be 2nd, 3rd or 4th at the half barring a bad start

6  English Rhythm


race 4    slightly above average clarity

3  Boss of Me   best with ample time between races and gets look good.......whole career fits well at today's lower level......7 1/2 furlongs looks like a good fit and it won't be for many in this race

9  Handsome Dennis   race 2 back fits.....last does not but it appeared to be a bit of a goofy run.......guessing we see the race two back

1  What a Journey   horrid trip in last.....did well to only get beat by 7 1/2L in a fairly swift heat for the level.........likely to break bad as he usually does but if Delgado gives him a good ride after that he has a shot to be flying late

10  Captain Salt


race 5    slightly below average clarity

2  Warren's Judy   hot rider/trainer team and the rider wants the racing title.......late running filly has closed well in last two into a lack of pace up front.....looks like it's her lucky day as there is the potential for plenty of pace here

1  Mia Isabel  filly is declining but drops from the sky here........trainer is decent dropping multiple claiming levels........toss a coin

3  Just After Sunset   GG invader is on the improve and now drops one claiming notch........and her closing style fits this race with ample speed types

4  Queen of the Hill


race 6  slightly below average clarity

10  Moon Ride   all four lifetime racing endeavors fit fine here......and Mike Puype is quite dangerous dropping maidens multiple levels.....not too bad "1st time blinkers" either

8  Secret Memo   13th career start for this Miller mc but she has never been sharper..........and today we get a rider upgrade

6  Rich in Tradition   filly fits OK in her last 4 efforts at Hollywood with the blinkers on as they are today......but she hangs and will need to break the habit if she ever wants to see the circle of joy

13  Graduator


race 7    slightly below average clarity

8  Dixieland Blues   in an every other pattern and today is the good side of the pendulum swing.......drop is a little suspicious but with Bejarano and his agent accepting the mount I am leaning on this fellow being in relatively good health

2  Major Magic   just claimed by Diodoro who wins his fair share 1st out after a claim........and this four-year-old likes running route to sprint which is the case today

5  Romeo Royale   six-year-old gelding is in good form......jock aboard has struggled at the meeting but at least he knows this runner well having been aboard for the last 3 times

7  Korban

Long-shot consideration:   1  Dekko   both sprints in Argentina on firm turf likely fit well if this gelding wanted no part of route racing in his two U S of A starts then he might be quite dangerous......laid up since early June but the work regiment says ready


race 8    slightly below average clarity

8  Koukla   Sadler 1ster hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. for the last 3 months.......seems likely she is ready to roll in her MSW debut

4  Steal the Lute   Miller 1st time is working has tossed 8 winners from 10 starters including 2 Stakes winners......sure like the pedigree for sprint racing

6  Zensational Beauty    like our top choice this Baffert 1st timer also has hit the track weekly since aren't fast by Baffert standards but they are tightly spaced with numerous gate drills........that hints she is well meant in her MSW debut

1  Queen Mad


race 9    slightly below average clarity

4  Pulpit's Express   sure like when a given horse learns to rate after being a "lead type only" and that is the case here......Maldonado remains up and he his ridden this Sadler charge well in all 3 starts since the stout conditioner claimed this gelding

7  Wings of Mojave   slow developing sort really has blossomed since the blinkers were taken ever was produced in his last and the same or even more might be in the cards today

1  Deep Play   major league wake-up with the addition on blinkers in his last which was way back in early July of 2012......Vienna is quite good at getting a runner to fire off of long layoffs and the works hint he might have this runner ready fresh

2  Full Instinct


race 10    average clarity

8  California Chrome   solid sprint races on the AW including Hollywood......rider upgrade especially on a baby.......stout drills.....cut back route to 7F.......plenty of positives for this Sherman colt

9  Aotearoa   solid races (that fit here) in both lifetime efforts on Lasix......gets Lasix today.....1st on the Bhp AW but ran well on the Dmr AW and runs very well on the turf........both point to the likelihood he will take to the Bhp main track just fine

4  Mass Transit   vaulted quite a bit forward in his 2nd lifetime race....will need another 3 or 4 lengths of improvement today........drills hint that this Miller colt might be up to the task

2  Pray Hard


race 11    average clarity

3  Poshsky   consistent late running route horse was able to win his last despite an extremely wide trip.....few do.......two lifetime turf races aren't too bad and were ridden by a low % (on the turf) jock.......accomplished jock in Maldonado up today

9  Danderek   no work-out prior to his last race hints the race was a public work-out especially when you consider the 3 works prior to today's race......rebound city today

11 Depreciable   very consistent since Mullins took over and removed the blinkers........good horse......tough post.......Talamo will need a clever ride the kind of ride that wins riding titles

12  Insideontheoutside

14 AE  Buenos Dias

2  Moonlit Meteor

5  Woodmans Luck





Posted on December 22, 2013 at 9:44 am by richs · Permalink
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