The 2012 debut of last year’s Eclipse Award-winning Older Male is delayed for now, with Acclamation scratched from tonight’s $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (Grade III) over 1/8-miles on turf. Reports surfaced that the six-year-old son of Unusual Heat took a couple of bad steps yesterday, and although precautionary x-rays today were negative, trainer Don Warren elected to play it safe.
That leaves us with just four horses and Holladay Road likely to go favored for Julio Canani, who comes out looking like a genius by entering this race instead of waiting for tomorrow’s Gold Rush program for California-breds. Since being claimed for $25,000 last summer at Del Mar, the seven-year-old son of Street Cry has won 4-of-7 starts from off the pace including an open first-level allowance over this turf course in December.
Making his third start as a four-year-old, Smug has the most room for improvement off a stylish win at Santa Anita on March 24 going a furlong further than tonight’s heat. With the heady Joel Rosario aboard, the son of El Prado might find himself on the early lead and prove difficult to run down.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 6 (1,2,4,5) – A quartet of female maiden allowance sprinters with No. 1 Flashy Dame, No. 2 With a Miracle, No. 4 Instant Royalty and No. 5 Dime Piece.
Leg 2 – Race 7 (2,5,6,7,9,10,11,12) – A massive spread in this non-winners of two with No. 2 Lorenbray, No. 5 Woodman’s Lass, No. 6 Smokey Lake, No. 7 Silent Sue, No. 9 To the Top, No. 10 Sunshine High, No. 11 Warren’s Jazz Walk and No. 12 Bonita Montana.
Leg 3 – Race 8 (1,3,6) – Some serious turf milers that like to win races with the trio of No. 1 Dubai You X Y Z, No. 3 Tigah and No. 6 Omayad.
Leg 4 – Race 9 (2,7,8) – Nine races means post time is well past 11 p.m. for the finale where we use No. 2 Hidden Quest, No. 7 Dirty Deed and No. 8 Tribunal Blues.
Recap – (1,2,4,5) w (2,5,6,7,9,10,11,12) w (1,3,6) w (2,7,8) – Total cost of ticket = $144
Yesterday’s Result – (-$48)
Total for currentHollywoodParkspring/summer meet – (-$48)
Total from 12/26/10-4/22/12 – (+$588.70)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (1,3,6) – Dueling leaders should set it up to be won from off the pace with the preference being No. 3 Orbach, but also using No. 1 Coloursoftheglen and No. 6 Maker.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (1,6) – No. 6 Malibu Love is the top pick after scratches and begrudgingly we’ll double up with No. 1 Missie Ky I You.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (3,5) – Stick with the two preferences from above with No. 3 Smug and No. 5 Holladay Road.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,2,5,6,7,8) – A spread with bottom-level claiming sprinters using No. 1 Usurp, No. 2 Devils Afleet, No. 5 Lana’s Smile, No. 6 Peacnik, No. 7 Bryan Daniel and No. 8 Warrens Summergold.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (1,2,5,6) – No. 1 Circa’sgoldengear is dangerous cutting the corner on an easy lead, but we’ll also use No. 2 Gab Power, No. 5 Empire Way and No. 6 Renegade Storm.
Recap – (1,3,6) w (1,6) w (3,5) w (1,2,5,6,7,8) w (1,2,5,6) – Total cost of ticket = $144
Yesterday’s Result – ($+310.45)
Total for currentHollywoodParkspring/summer meet – (+$310.45)
Total from 7/20/10-4/22/12 (+$2,150.80)
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