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HOLLYWOOD PARK

(closes Dec. 21 and Santa Anita opens Dec. 26)

BOULDER CREEK: Could not handle the well meant Came Aboard last time out going a mile on the grass but just ran his heart out finishing second beaten by a head while almost two lengths clear of the third place finisher. This 2yo colt can flat out run and looks to have a bright future on the grass. $$$$$

CHANGING: Was a hot horse as the stable played their card early. The cash flowed in on this guy but as luck would have it a 107-1 got an easy lead and the rest just followed him around the course as the other speed in the race just sat back and that cost Changing the race. He did put in a big late run but could not run down the lone speed who paid $216.40. If Changing gets a fair pace next time out he will win.

IVORY FUDGE: May have been best in here off the layoff but was bumped hard at the start and then was stuck on the turn and had to wait and wait for some room, he got out into the stretch but was stuck between horses but battled gamely to the end finishing third as one of three on the line. $$$$$

SMOKEY BEAU: Was last seen in March running at Santa Anita and got a real good prep in this 25k maiden claimer just missing second money by a neck despite trouble, he will be a very good bet when he resurfaces at the Santa Anita meet. $$$

VERIDICUS: Was in from Canada for trainer Vladimir Cerin and ran huge at 7-1 and was gaining on the winner with every stride and just flew past him after the wire. He was red tagged out of this race by trainer Paul Aguirre and it could end up being a good claim.

FRANK AND THE GOAT: Put in a much better looked and improved effort in this 32k maiden claimer despite being bumped hard at the start. He looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker at what will be a good price.

CROSSING THE LINE: Had been off since August of ‘07 due to bone chips that were operated on to remove. He had some big class back then and would have destroyed this group but he was bumped and squeezed at the start and never really got into the race. There were no takers for the 32k claiming price but do believe this race did him a world of good. Look for a big run at Santa Anita if he comes back.

NUBIAN PRINCESS: Blew the start and was so far back you could not find him and I was not looking for him at 63-1. This bomber just came flying down the lane finishing second and lighting up the tote paying $43.20 for the place. Sometimes these types come right back with another big effort and we will be there.

LADY ALEX: May have been best in this race but got stuck down on the inside and had to be checked off heels in upper stretch, but once clear came back on and just did miss by a half length at running down the lone speed. If she can get some pace to run at next time she will win. $$$$$

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