HOLY LUTE: First time starter from the barn of James Cassidy with Mike Smith aboard for the ride ran a much better than looked third at almost 15/1 odds. He may want longer, but won’t be a maiden for long.
PULPIT’S EXPRESS: Was much the best in this mile turf race. He exploded into the stretch and drew clear in what looked like an easy win at 8/5. The inquiry sign came on when a tiring horse took up in tight. The all-knowing stewards decided to take his number down and placed him sixth for bothering a horse that was going backwards. The bettors take another one in the heart.
TANGERINE TICKLE: Filly was coming off the layoff for trainer Kathy Walsh. She broke slow and then shot to the inside to stalk the pace. Battled three deep in midstretch outside the winner till the wire, losing the bob on the line by the smallest of nostrils. No mistakes next time out.
CALAMEERA: Hadn’t seen the starter since last November. She took action and was sent off the favorite in this 11 horse field of 20k maiden claimers. Ran her race, but had no shot at beating the freaky winner. Finished more than three lengths clear of the rest and should get the job done next time out at this level.
GLAD’S GALS: Finished second here last July and was sent to the bench. She showed up in this 20k maiden claimer and made the 7/5 chalk. She was next to last at the quarter pole in this 5½ furlong sprint, but made a four wide run down the lane finishing a close fourth.
SOLID WAGER: Took a good shot with this colt in the Hollywood Juvenile when let go at almost 7/1. He really wanted to run and was pulling jockey (Edwin) Maldonado out of the saddle. Had to be steadied hard off heels five eighths out then came out for room into the turn. Made a big four wide run into the stretch finishing fast while outside the top three. Lost by a half-length for the win and a head for second and third while almost 8 lengths clear of the rest. $$$$$
LIFE RULE: It was a huge day for trained Mike Puype in the finale at Hollywood. He closed out the meet big time winning the last race of the day with this first time starter that paid $27 anchoring a $431,640 pick six payoff for some lucky winner who may have been bedded down in the Puype barn. This gelding ran big for the win and could score again at a price.
ALBERTS HOPE: First time starter ran in race 9 on closing day at Hollywood. Yes, this gelding was being saddled by Puype. He ran like a veteran, getting the win paying $68.80 making a pick six ticket holder a very happy person.
AMERICAN PRIDE: Finished fourth behind Albert’s Hope more than five lengths clear of the rest. He showed good early speed battling tooth and nail in this 5 furlong sprint. Will clear next time out and go wire to wire. $$$$$
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].