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HOLLYWOOD PARK

TWO PROMISES: First time starter leaned back at the start and was off last. She moved up between horses on the turn, but had little room when jockey Hector Berrios squeezed between rivals. Got the show dough in a real good effort by horse and jockey. $$$

BLINGO: First time starter for trainer John Shirreffs was going a flat mile on the grass, no easy feat for a first time two year old by gelding. Ran like something special as he inhaled his foes down the lane to win going away. Look for him to come back and score a repeat win going long on the grass. Shirreffs seems to have a good one here. $$$

OUR BOY BENJAMIN: Would have won on any other day, but had the misfortune of being in the same race as Blingo. Was a good second despite trouble. Has the looks of a next out winner on grass.

BARAJA DE ORO: This second time starter, who finished last in his debut, came out running in this race. He sprang right to the front, but looked beat in deep stretch. Gutted it out for a huge win at almost 8-1.

EL MERITO: Was very washy going to the gate and really never had any run on his mind. No factor in this 1 1/16 turf route for 25k claimers. For some reason trainer Mike Mitchell put in the claim and picked this one up. Let’s keep an eye out for where he resurfaces.

RESPUESTA SOLIDA: Looked to be making a big run, but had to be steadied hard in midstretch and lost any shot he would have had. This guy looks to be sitting on a win at what will be a big price, long shot special.

PACIFIC OCEAN: Was last seen running at Woodbine in Canada but showed up in this spot for trainer Mike Mitchell. Just went gate to wire in an easy win with Rosario in the irons. Look for Mr. Mike to place him for a repeat win in the very near future.

PERFECT FINISH: Was in from Golden Gate and getting her first start off the hot Vann Belvoir claim. This filly ran a winning race, but got caught late by Lutess. Was getting her first start off the Bob Baffert claim. Perfect Finish in top form and looks to be a solid single next time out. $$$$$

STORMY SLEW: This was Stormy’s third try on the grass. She lost by 1¼ going a mile in her first try and ¾ of a length going 6 furlongs in her second outing. Was one of three heads on the line in last try so her next should be the win.

FED BIZ: Trainer Baffert had two first time starters in this 6 furlong straight maiden race, Fed Biz off some real nice works who went off as the 9/5 chalk. Macho Rocket won at 5-1. Fed broke next to last out of the 1 post and ran an even fourth after that. Look for a win if he gets a better post next time out. $$$$$

GOLDEN GATE

JEWEL SEEKER: First time starter encountered a ton of trouble but won scary at 16-1. This filly could come right back in a starter allowance race and score again at a price.

CC’S DIAMOND: Ran a winning race in his first turf try, but just failed to hold after battling tooth and nail the entire mile. Next time he won’t get caught.

MARIA’S FLAME: Was listed at 6-1 on the morning line, but opened at 8-5 in the betting. Drifted up to 4-1 at post time and won like even money with the jockey looking over his shoulder to see if anyone was coming.

 

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