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HOLLYWOODPARK ANALYSIS – SATURDAY, JULY 3

By Michael Hammersly of the Daily Racing Form

BEST BET: Precious Union (9th race)

First Race: 1.Itsallaboutcharlie 2. Sky Searcher 3.Towser

ITSALLABOUTCHARLIE may rebound at a price. The 3yo gelding wasn't disgraced in


a couple stakes tries at TUP in April, but came here June 6 and was a non-
threatening 5th for $25K. He now has a feel for the track, takes a significant
drop and showed he's doing well with 2 strong recent works including a bullet
:47.20 move here June 24. SKY SEARCHER may be the one to beat. After dueling
and gamely prevailing over maidens May 14 he chased a faster pace vs. tougher
starter allowance foes June 6 but faded to 6th. He takes a significant drop
for this. TOWSER has been knocking on the door vs. more expensive since th
winter and maybe the move to this level is what the Dr. ordered to get him to
bust through and get that elusive first win over winners.

Second Race: 1.Swiss Ski 2. Gotmymojoworkin 3.Indianski

SWISS SKI not only continues his strong form, but may actually be better now
than even a few months ago. He's posted 2 smashing wins over this track for
$8K this meet and done so with different styles as well. He's up in class but
surely looks more than up to the challenge, and with his versatility and
outside post Rosario will have all the options. GOTMYMOJOWORKIN has won 2 of
his last 3 for Sadler though those wins came for $40K and last time for $20K -
and yet he has his value cut in half again here. That type of successive move
down the class ladder is worrisome to be sure, despite this guy's success.
After all, they don't give anything away out here. He at least has worked 3
times since that May 23 win for $20K and Victor stays with him. INDIANSKI
comes here in solid form and was claimed off a decent 2nd for $8K June 25 by
Glatt. The class hike shouldn't scare you - he's competed and done well
against even more expensive.

Third Race: 1. Usurp 2. Spirit of Cochise 3. Buck's Bro

USURP hasn't been seen this year but the 5yo gelding has done his best work
here (all 4 wins) and trainer Ellis is among the elite off a long layoff like
this (30%). This guy was last seen beating $50K foes here Dec. 9 and there's
only the marginal drop for his return ($40K). A bullet 1:12.80 move here June
24 says he's ready to go. Of course, he'd better be as this race came up
tough. SPIRIT OF COCHISE was 3rd behind the top pick in that same Dec. 9 race
but whereas USURP hasn't been seen since this guy has 4 strong recent outings
under his belt. And, like the top pick, he loves it here (3 of his 4 wins have
come here). BUCK'S BRO has won 2 of his last 3 and can certainly be dangerous
for Jones who continues his strong meet (18%). He's got speed and versatility
to give Baze options.

Fourth Race: 1. Gotta Have Her 2. Rosey de Megeve 3. U R All That I Am

GOTTA HAVE HER may have bitten off a tad too much in the G1 Gamely here May
29, looming a threat into the lane before finishing 6th behind division leader
Tuscan Evening and 2008 division champion Forever Together. Not only should
the drop suits but this may be a better distance for her, too. She was 3rd in
this race last year and may well go 2 spots better this time. ROSEY DE MEGEVE
set the pace and battled back gamely to be 2nd, beaten just a head, in the
restricted Redondo Beach on this course at this trip June 5. That run looks
even better when you note the gal who edged her, Turning Top, came back to win
last Saturday's G3 Beverly Hills. U R ALL THAT I AM looked super blasting Cal-
breds in the Fran's Valentine on this course at this trip. Her tactical speed
and the rail should have her in the thick of things from the get-go, and it's
apparent she's as good on turf as she is on synthetic. Hollendorfer won this
race last year with Tuscan Evening.

Fifth Race: 1. No Stadium 2. Steel Blue 3. Warrens Wild Thing

NO STADIUM has shown signs of talent but has yet to put it all together. In
his defense, allh is work has come vs. tougher straight maidens so could be
that company is just too much fo rhim. He's been freshened by Gaines, who's
having a strong meet (24%) and the class drop, the most crucial in the game,
looks pivotal. STEEL BLUE just missed as the 6-5 chalk on the GG sod June 9
but ran well before on this track and could be this long one-turn game will be
just what he wants. WARRENS WILD THING was gone 13 months but came back here
June 18 top finish a fine 2nd in a shorter trip at this level. That may set
him up nicely for an improved run here, particularly with the added ground.

Sixth Race: 1. Killer Bear 2. Kevlar Kid 3. Privilaged

KILLER BEAR could be poised to spring an upset. The 3yo colt has come into his
own of late, including finishing 2nd in a Cal-bred main-track stakes April 24
and then rallying to win a Cal-bred N1X on the main track May 28. Yes, this is
turf and these are open foes, but he was a fine, rallying 3rd in his only
prior grass attempt and these open foes don't look any tougher than the Cal-
breds he's faced recently. KEVLAR KID has flashed considerable talent in his
only 2 starts, including a big maiden win on trhis main track May 15. He may
be the one to beat and the Rock Hard Tens like turf - but still, it's first
time vs. winners, first time on turf, first time routing, all off a layoff, so
you have the right to look around first before settling on him, all those
hurdles and the anticipated short price. PRIVILAGED has some quality to him as
he's G2 SP. In his first turf try, a sprint here June 10, he stalked and
stayed on well for 3rd, so he handles the surface. There's no reason he
shouldn't go at least this far.

Seventh Race: 1. Rockstar Ben 2. Ned Page 3. Kim's Leading Man

ROCKSTAR BEN looks primed to break through and get his diploma. He's been
knocking on the door this meet with 3 straight smart outings. He's shown speed
in all 3 but couldn't quite keep up in the final furlong. However, all 3 were
routes - this long one-turn game may be just what he wants at this stage of
the game. Hot-riding Rosario takes the call. NED PAGE could be the spoiler. He
ran on well for 4th in a similar spot here May 15. He then tried a route and
tougher $40K foes from a tough draw (post 8) here June 11 and was unable to
make a dent. He's back down in class and back to the long one-turn game which
may be just what he desires. KIM'S LEADING MAN has been knocking on the door
for some time and after a couple months off he ran on for 4th vs. more
expensive going 6fs here June 26. With that under his belt, the drop and more
ground he may improve.

Eighth Race: 1. Cozi Rosie 2. City to City 3. Andina


COZI ROSIE, CITY TO CITY and ANDINA have been knocking heads and are pretty
closely matched, but the pace scenario and 10fs may play more in favor of COZI
ROSIE than the others. The daughter of G1 BC Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect
(10fs) won the G3 Senorita on this course May 2 beating the other 2, and was
then a strong-finishing 2nd (beaten just a head) in the G2 Honeymoon going 1
1/8 miles here May 31 (behind top-class Evening Jewel), again beating the
other 2. She appears to have found herself for Sadler and likes this course,
and the longer trip may help her most. CITY TO CITY continues her fine work.
She's a multiple SW on turf and was only a length behind the top pick in the
9f G2 Honeymoon. Despite being by sprinter City Zip she seems quite
comfortable playing the distance game - though this 10th furlong may be
pushing the limits fo rher. ANDINA has been frustrated in her last 4 starts,
all stakes, by the top 2. However, she surely fits and being by world-class
distance horse and sire Singspiel this longer trip may help her eliminate or
even overcome that gap.

Ninth Race: 1. Precious Union 2. Come Home Quick 3. L. A. Devine

PRECIOUS UNION hasn't run since disappointing here Dec. 20 in a spot like
this. However, the 5yo daughter of Dixie Union has done her best work here
(both wins came on this course at this trip) and trainer Ellis is superb off a
long layoff like this (30%) and continues his strong meet (33%). It's most
encouraging Rosario sees fit to ride, particularly as he and Ellis are a
superb 12 for their last 28 (43%) together. It's also a great sign Ellis does
NOT bring this gal back with a tag attached. COME HOME QUICK broke her maiden
on this course May 7 in smart fashion. She was then asked to face stakes
horses for her first try vs. winners and finished a respectable 5th after
dueling. This drop may help and surely she seems quite comfortable playing
this game. L. A. DEVINE kept to her task well for 4th in a spot like this here
June 9 after 2 months off. That's a couple much-improved efforts since a 10-
month haitus so could be she's getting things figured out.

Tenth Race: 1. Very Vintage 2. Long Legged Lovely 3. Diva Gone Wild

VERY VINTAGE may be ready to bust through. She has posted 4 solid outings in
as many tries, all vs. more expensive. She drops with 2 works since and
Rosario stays, and she's shown the versatility to give Rosario options. LONG
LEGGED LOVELY showed much-improved speed when dropped in for a tag for the
first time in her 2nd career start June 5, and stayed on for 3rd. Looks like
she's getting the hang of it, though she'll need to use her speed to flee the
rail, and there's other speed lined up against her, too. Still, it's good to
see Bejarano hang around for the last race to take the call. DIVA GONE WILD
showed talent when 3rd for $32K at SA March 6 after a lousy start and was
claimed by Spawr. She wasn't seen for 3 months, came back here June 12 and had
a slow start again. It's good to see no layoff this time and Spawr drops her a
notch and adds blinkers.