A solid week of racing ends with a whimper as a light card sees six of the nine races with six or fewer runners including in the featured $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (Grade III) for older females at 1 ¼-miles on the turf.
Game in defeat when finishing third in the Gamely (Grade I) on May 28, Capital Plan is the 7-to-5 favorite and 118 lb. co-high weight in the six-horse field with Joel Rosario back aboard looking to make his final day as a regular in Southern California a winning one. The 4-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten looks to remain perfect in her third try at the distance after winning the Santa Barbara (Grade II) at Santa Anita two races back.
The dip down in class could help 2-to-1 second choice Cambina, who also carries 118 lbs., snap a seven-race losing streak that has come against Grade I & II competition. Second to Capital Plan in the Santa Barbara before running fifth in the Gamely, the last win for the 4-year-old daughter of Hawk Wing came in her last try at this distance over this turf course in last year’s American Oaks (Grade I).
Back in with her own gender after running against the boys in all but one of her last ten starts, Quaintly is the 3-to-1 third choice looking to give Patrick Biancone his first win of the meet. The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway was the runner-up against boys in her first two U.S. starts and actually cuts back in distance after going longer in her last eight tries.
The other three runners would be a surprise with none of them having traveled this far or having had any kind of success in graded stakes company.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 6 (1,2,6) – This sequence, like much of the days, looks chalky with maiden allowance turf sprinters No. 1 Wild Truffles, No. 2 Eileen’s Dream and No. 6 Perfecta.
Leg 2 – Race 7 (2,4,5,6) – Another short field and we’ll add a price with No. 4 Big Honey Bee jumping up in class in a weak field for the level.
No. 2 Moonstruck Maya also moves up the ladder off an impressive eight-length score against non-winners of two lifetime, No. 5 Egg Drop returns off a long layoff after having been highly touted as a 2-year-old and No. 6 Jaredella looks for back-to-back wins after finishing as the runner-up in six straight.
Leg 3 – Race 8 (1,2,4) – The three logical runners with No. 1 Quaintly, No. 2 Cambina and No. 4 Capital Plan.
Leg 4 – Race 9 (2,3,4,5,8) – The best race on the card to close things out with 2-year-old Cal-bred maiden fillies and we spread with No. 2 Ella Bea Awesome, No. 3 Girl On the Lam, No. 4 Tribal Peace, No. 5 Swiss Bliss and No. 8 Cotton Point.
Recap – (1,2,6) w (2,4,5,6) w (1,2,4) w (2,3,4,5,8) – Total cost of ticket = $90
Yesterday’s Result – (+$670.90)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$1,541.50)
Total from 12/26/10 – 4/22/12 – (+$588.70)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (1,2,3,6) – No. 1 Living Our Dream looks tough on the big barn upgrade, but we’ll hope she regresses in her second off the layoff as she has previously and No. 2 Game Charmer, No. 3 Katy’s Kitty or No. 6 Saint Cindy can upset.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (1,2,3) – No. 2 Jet Blue Girl gets the pace set up in her second off the layoff with a trio of speedsters likely to knock heads early.
No. 1 Caribaya Queen is the sharpest of those speedsters and No. 3 Trapper’s Bounty is a hard-knocker that can get first run on Jet Blue Girl in her turf debut.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (5) – Single No. 5 Miss Oops who should be controlling speed and towers over this group with her eight wins. Moving to Jeff Mullins doesn’t hurt either.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,6,7) – Another turf sprint that looks rather chalky with No. 1 Octane, No. 6 A Toe by Three and No. 7 Lakerville.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (ALL) – In a desperate attempt to try and eek out a price we’ll punch the all button here with $20,000 female claiming sprinters.
Recap – (1,2,3,6) w (1,2,3) w (5) w (1,6,7) w (ALL) – Total cost of ticket = $108
Yesterday’s Result – (-$128)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (+$294.60)
Total from 7/20/11 – 4/22/12 – (+$2,150.80)
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