Saturday, June 30, 2012

Stakes Saturday in Hollywood

Saturday is always a wonderful day for summer Stakes action in sunny Southern California.  Today we take a peek at two exceptionally competitive grade one races.

Betfair Hollywood Park Race 6 {Triple Bend Handicap~G1~7 furlongs~3 year old Up~Stakes}
A prime group of eight will venture to the gate in this tremendous grade one.  There are nearly equal parts of speed, pressing, tracking, and closing to make this an exceptional race.  All of the runners in this race have produced triple digit speed numbers in their career.

#6 The Factor (Bejarano / Baffert) looks ready as ever to come back to the races after a nice layoff.  He has done very well after layoffs in the past.  Prior to the layoff, this speedster has secured the highest last out speed number, was working a four race progression, and has put in five stellar workouts.  Clearly, he will be the one to beat.
$2 WIN / $3 SHOW.

#5 Camp Victory (Talamo / Mitchell) will challenge with the third highest last out speed number,  a four race progression, and three purposeful workouts.  This guy will track the pace and launch his effort in the stretch.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#7 Smiling Tiger (Smith / Bonde) can be expected to stay close to the pace with a couple of decent last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and two strong peaking workouts.  He should be a contender.

#2 Centralinteligence (Valdivia / Ellis) will also be in the mix with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three athletic workouts.  He should come from off the pace with a superb run.

10 CENT Superfecta

#6 The Factor / #5 Camp Victory / #7 Smiling Tiger / #2 Centralinteligence.

Betfair Hollywood Park Race 9 {Shoemaker Mile~G1~1 mile~3 year old Up~Stakes}
A great race shapes up with eight going to the green.  A couple of dynamic speedsters could set this one up for those coming from off the pace.  All in this race are quite capable of strutting into the winners circle.

#5 Jeranimo (Gomez / Pender) has a slight edge with the fourth highest last out speed number, the highest speed number at the distance, a three race progression, and three robust peaking workouts.  A lover of this Hollywood course he could track and close in efficient fashion.
$2 SHOW.

#8 Mr. Commons (Smith / Shirreffs) will challenge with the second highest last out speed number and three excellent workouts.  He holds the second highest speed number at the distance.  He should use his closing kick to an awe inspiring level.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#3 Little Mike (Bravo / Romans) may be the speedster that holds on with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four hearty workouts.  He has an equal chance as any in this race to grab the gold.

#4 Suggestive Boy [ARG] (Talamo / McAnally) is coming off an extended layoff and entering into to a tough race for his first North American start.  He is coming off three group one wins in a row in his native Argentina.  His workout tab is the best of this field and with his hall of fame trainer, Ronald McAnally's 29% win record off long layoffs, he has an excellent chance to surprise all.

10 CENT Superfecta

#5 Jeranimo / #8 Mr. Commons / #3 Little Mike / #4 Suggestive Boy [ARG].

Friday's Results
Prairie Meadows R9.  Iowa Sprint Handicap.  Under the Iowa lights our handicapping efforts produced a big fat goose egg.  Our first pick, Rothko, finished 2nd.  Our second pick, Noble's Promise, was scratched.
Due to the scratch, there was no 10 CENT Superfecta.
Bankroll gets clipped by a Jefferson, dipping to $35.05.

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