As the cards go from bad to worse to awful to unwatchable we day dream about the paradise that lies ahead at Del Mar in 12 days.
Only five horses go in the feature and the most runners entered in any race on Friday night’s deplorable program is nine.
The only positive note is that with Iration in concert there should be a good on-track crowd with the majority of them not knowing the difference between good and bad racing.
The recent news that Madison Square Garden has purchased the Forum has led to speculation that the end for Hollywood Park might be near if the entire area finally gets rejuvenated with new residential and commercial space.
Sadly, there would be few disappointed in such an outcome, but ironically, it would result in the end for what’s widely-regarded as the best, safest main track in Southern California.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 5 (2,3,5) – No.2 Nofty has finished as the runner-up twice at the meet and probably found the group for this level where he can get over the hump.
His stable mate No. 5 Mr. Ornery tries to make it two wins to start his career and No. 3 Blue Jay Attack rolls late.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (1,6,7,8) – We might actually be able to sneak in a price here with No. 8 Roheryn Strider having the potential to be lone speed with Edwin Maldanado back aboard.
Yuichi Fukunaga also has a chance to get a win with No. 6 Nearly Was Mine returning off a long layoff and both No. 1 Cheezy Breezy and No. 7 Tiz Victorious have been knocking on the door since February.
Leg 3 – Race 7 (1,3) – No. 1 Pink Blossom is likely to clear and with average runners behind her may be able to lead all the way.
No. 3 Bella’s Fantasy is trained by Bob Baffert. That’s all she has going for her off a pair of bad performances at the meet, but it might be enough.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (1,2,3,7,8,9) – This race will probably be won by either No. 2 Full’s Figurehead or No. 7 Queen Mercury, but we’ll hope for an upset from No. 1 Kentucky Tale, No. 3 Torre Italiana, No. 8 Addendum or No. 9 Bursquel.
Recap – (2,3,5) w (1,6,7,8) w (1,3) w (1,2,3,7,8,9) – Total cost of ticket = $72
Yesterday’s Result – (-$144)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$1,863.55)
Total from 12/26/10 – 4/22/12 – (+$588.70)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (6) – Odds-on to start a card moves to the extreme with No. 6 Missdealornodeal likely 1-to-9 in a race she should dominate.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (4) – No. 4 Lika’s last two races over this main track make her a winner against this lousy group. She’s back with non-winners of two lifetime after facing open company in her last four.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (ALL) – That was a weak race on June 7 that the three favorites exit and No. 3 Hotradamus, No. 5 Deep Play and No. 6 Raya Roja seem more enticing despite not having two-turn experience.
Long shot No. 4 Cee Cee Seattle ran a race atGolden Gatethat puts him in the mix so we punch the all.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (2,4,6,7) – No. 2 Streets of Heaven towers over this group if he’s anywhere near the form when last seen a year ago.
If not, No. 2 Striking Spirit might be tough to catch on the front end on the drop in class.
No. 4 Belo Purse and No. 6 Brady Blue Eyes are also worth inclusion.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (2,3,5) – Same trio as late Pick-4.
Recap – (6) w (4) w (ALL) w (2,4,6,7) w (2,3,5) – Total cost of ticket = $42
Yesterday’s Result – (-$90)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$333.60)
Total from 7/20/11 – 4/22/12 – (+$2,150.80)
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