After getting heat for writing in a negative tone a week ago, things get real scary tonight on Friday the 13th with a full dose of bottom-level maiden claiming action and a starter allowance to kick things off with unprecedented conditions and a massive $25,000 purse in a race where none of the runners can win.
This may be the first time we write about the first race on the card, but we can’t pass up such an opportunity when the race is for horses that have started for $10,000 or less at the meet AND have not finished in the money in their last three starts.
The only surprise is that only six of the worst of the worst runners on the grounds could be found to run for more money than they ever will again.
A trio of runners that have run fourth at the meet are likely to get the majority of the wagering action, starting with 8-to-5 favorite Classical Slew, who just missed earning the show against $8,000 claimers when beaten less than two lengths on May 11. The 5-year-old son of Bernstein has since run fifth and sixth at the same level and moves to the barn of Craig Dollase, who is enjoying a solid meet from limited starters.
Wheeling back just a week after getting beat nine lengths when running fourth, Belo Purse is the 9-to-5 second choice for Jack Carava. This also marks the fourth start of the meet for the 8-year-old son of Public Purse, who finished a distant fourth at this level on May 20 before running fifth against $25,000 claimers on June 3.
Hustled to make the race go, Lone Justice is the 5-to-2 third choice for Los Alamitos-based trainer Vod Farris. The 5-year-old son of Roman Ruler makes his third start off the layoff after also running fourth in his last at this level when dueling on the lead under Edwin Maldanado, who opts to climb aboard Classical Slew instead.
Trying to avoid his 30th straight defeat, Raingear is listed at 8-to-1 off sixth and seventh place efforts at the meet. The 7-year-old grey son of Storm Creek also wheels back in a week after finishing just half a length behind Belo Purse.
Rummysecret War leads the field with three wins over this main track, but the last one came nearly two years ago and he enters at 12-to-1 on a 15-race losing streak. After seventh and eighth place local finishes, the 7-year-old son of Sea of Secrets was dropped in for $5,000 in his last start at Los Alamitos on June 2 and ran fifth.
A female taking on the men, 15-to-1 long shot Warren’s Mystery is actually coming off her best performance in quite some time when she not only ran fourth, but was beaten by less than double-digit lengths (9.5) for the first time since a race at Los Alamitos in December of 2010. The 8-year-old daughter of Benchmark has gone off at no less than 26-to-1 in the 12 starts showing in the Daily Racing Form while being more than 50-to-1 on seven occasions.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 5 (1,3,4) – With the scratch of No. 2 Floating Feather, it’s a three-horse race between No. 1 Vaderatore, No. 3 Daylight Magic and No. 4 Master Chef.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (4,7) – Along with No. 4 Chocolate Delight, who ran on nicely when going wide last time and should relish this elongated sprint, use No. 7 Tap Tap Ur It, dropping from allowance company with potential speed at this distance.
Leg 3 – Race 7 (1,2,3,6,8) – The feature race slot with Cal-bred females at a mile on turf in a spread race with No. 1 Sweet Baguette, No. 2 Running Isabella, No. 3 Donner Wasser, No. 6 Jewel Seeker and No. 8 Unusual Hottie.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (1,5,6,7,9,11,12) – The top pick should offer a nice price with No. 9 Salon Blonde getting a major barn upgrade and some extremely quick works for Marty Jones. Maybe the meet maiden breaker for Yuichi Fukunaga.
However, we’ll spread with No. 1 Satchmo’s Muse, No. 5 Stupendous Princess, No. 6 Color Girl, No. 7 Warren’s Passion, No. 11 Tiz a Brite Miss and No. 12 Rock U Up.
Recap – (1,3,4) w (4,7) w (1,2,3,6,8) w (1,5,6,7,9,11,12) – Total cost of ticket = $105
Yesterday’s Result – (-$36)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$1,906.55)
Total from 12/26/10 – 4/22/12 – (+$588.70)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (1,3,4,5,6) – The female has not shot, but between the other five who knows.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (3,6) – Scratches of a couple key contenders leaves No. 3 Pursuitofparadise a likely short-priced winner alone on the early lead.
If three races in as many weeks is too much for the 2-year-old filly, No. 6 Hyena can win her debut for Pete Miller off solid enough a.m. activity.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (3,4,5) – No. 3 Call Me Jones and No. 4 Secret Spy have had the most success against winners in this non-winners of two lifetime, while No. 6 Above Par moves to his fourth barn for his fifth career start and could pick up the pieces late off his maiden win.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (2,6,10,11) – No. 2 Nifty Dream is the top pick after just getting run down in her last and returning with a trio of solid drills. The light looks to have come on for the 3-year-old daughter of Tribal Rule.
Spread with No. 6 Tiz Final, No. 10 Zenett and No. 11 Tarheel Babe.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (1,3,4) – Same trio as late Pick-4.
Recap – (1,3,4,5,6) w (3,6) w (3,4,5) w (2,6,10,11) w (1,3,4) – Total cost of ticket = $180
Yesterday’s Result – (-$71.75)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$529.90)
Total from 7/20/11 – 4/22/12 – (+$2,150.80)
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