No. 2 Watch It Buster gets off the grass and won in his only start here on the poly. No. 3 May B ships in for Michael McCarthy who won with his only runner at the meet so far, he puts Gary Stevens on this seedy 4yo gelding who won in his only start back in June and it was on synthetic. 2-3
No. 3 Racing for Chasen is wheeled back in just six days by trainer Abrams, she gets off the grass and gets back to a sprint. No. 7 Holiday Maker will find a fast early pace to make a run. 3-7
It looks like it will be now or a move North for No. 5 Burning who has hit the board in all four of his starts here on the poly, we think it is now and will use as our single in the players pick five. 5
We needed a single as we will go five deep in this maiden $30k 6 furlong sprint using No. 1 Albany Candy who looks live at first asking. No. 4 Peaches n’ Brandy another live first timer with two works over the course. No. 7 Scatajawea who will go better in this her second start with the drop to this level. No. 9 Emerald Bay who is out of the dam Lucky C. H. (A.P. Indy) who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters including a stakes winner and No. 12 Where Is My Mind who comes off a troubled trip last out.
No. 5 Royal Temptress is two-for-two on the grass and won her last start at Santa Anita with Mike Smith riding and he is back on today. No. 7 Colonel Joan won her in her last start and could come right back with Gary Stevens taking over, Gary is still looking for his first win of the meet. No. 10 Burning Arch has won 2 of her 3 starts here on the grass. 5-7-10
No. 3 Alfa Bird has finished second in all three of her starts, by a 1/2 a nose and a nose. No. 8 Little Curlin exits the same race and will go better today second off the layoff and blinkers going on. 3-8
THE GRADE II HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP
We will side with Graham Motion who is looking for some redemption as he sends out the classy No. 2 Holiday Star, this 4yo gelding is in top form and will take some beating in here with big race Mike Smith getting the call. 2
Win and place 2
In this $62,500 maiden claimer No. 2 Pat the Bear is out of the dam Miss Cap (Capote) who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters and she has a fast last work. No. 5 Sunbeamsfromheaven had an awkward start in his first race with straight maidens here last August, he also has a fast last work and gets Van Dyke. No. 12 Sky Heart looks best of the ones that have run and gets the blinkers on today for John Sadler, he will be gunning from the bell. 2-5-12
No. 1 Justalittleloopy has won 6 of her 12 starts here including her last. No. 2 Wetherbee Lake will be on or near the early pace. No. 5 Forbidden City will also be on or near the early pace. 1-2-5
No. 1 Millie’s Topper drops and will be gunning from her rail post. No. 6 Nancypeggy will try and run Millie down. 1-6
No. 1 Noble Metal was rank in his last start as the jockey tried to rate, look for him to send today. No. 5 Duke of Doom has a big last work and gets the hot riding Ricardo Gonzalez in the irons off a bullet work.
Exacta box 1-5 and win and place 5
No. 4 Skydreamin drops and will be hard to bet at this level. No. 5 No Team Spirit is out of the hot Quinn Howey barn. No. 6 Bigreds Thrillshow gets back to a sprint and will be right there at the finish. 4-5-6
No. 1 Yomybato continues to move back up the class ladder off of three straight wins. No. 2 Delta Ranger has won 3 of his 4 starts here including his last. No. 3 More Champagne has won 3 of his 5 starts on this turf course and 2 of 3 at this mile distance. 1-2-3
We will go singling in this race using No. 6 Tribal Again who drops to cash and get Baze, he will be a short price but looks to hold all the aces. 6
No. 1 Havoc ran a better then looked 3rd here in his last start. No. 3 Outdoorsman Gene has won 5 of his 9 starts here. No. 5 See Zo Go won his last start when beating Havoc. No. 7 Affrettando ran second behind See Zo Go last out. 1-3-5-7
$5k maiden claimers go 5-1/2 furlongs. No. 1 Diamond Man is a first time starter for the hook up of Hess and Baze. He is out of the dam Sky of Diamonds (Bankers Gold) who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. No. 8 Vista Rides Tall showed some early speed with better in his first start, look for him to hold better today at this level. 1-8
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