Racing at Hollywood Park with Marc Doche: Pace Key for Need You Now in Le Cle
Three-year-old fillies are prominent through the first three races at Hollywood Park on Sunday, culminating with the $70,000 Le Cle Stakes over a mile on turf.
Yet another short stakes field of six sees Wednesday listed as the 2-to-1 morning line favorite trying for the third time to stretch her speed over a route of ground. The Medaglia d’Oro filly has notched a pair of front-running wins in sprints through seven career starts, but has produced her worst efforts in both previous two turn tries.
She could have company on the early lead from both 5-to-2 co-second choices.
Travesura is the only graded stakes winner in the field, having led every step of the way in the Miesque Stakes (Grade 3) in her only try over this turf course. The Limehouse filly has not been seen since her subsequent start, where she was compromised by an outside post in the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita and tired to finish tenth after being hung wide.
After pressing the pace in her first four U.S. starts, Judy In Disguise was conspicuously taken far off the pace before rallying to finish a close second in the six-furlong Manhattan Beach Stakes on this turf course on June 8. Rafael Bejarano was aboard last time, but he elected to stick with Wednesday, so Gary Stevens gets the call for the first time about the British-bred daughter of Elusive City.
The beneficiary of a contested pace would be 4-to-1 fourth choice Need You Now, making her third stateside start after a pair of disappointments in stakes action. The Irish-bred daughter of Kheleyf will race without the blinkers and should settle far back under Julien Leparoux before unleashing a late run that saw her win half of her fours starts in Great Britain prior to shipping across the pond.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 5 -
Leg 1 - Race 1 (4) - No. 4 Burns Turn broke slow and was wide in her last before rallying to miss by just a length. Her experience gives her the edge despite the potential for some of her rivals to have promising futures.
Leg 2 - Race 2 (1,4,7) - No. 1 Lady Katfish is back on the main track and drops a touch looking to get back to her winning ways. The move to bug boy Irving Orozco should have her closer to the pace than she was in her last.
Both No. 4 Awe’ Some Kitten and No. 7 Cassandra Lynne are back in with their age group after facing older runners on numerous occasions.
Leg 3 - Race 3 (1,2,4,6) - Use the four discussed above with No. 1 Wednesday, No. 2 Need You Now, No. 4 Travesura and No. 6 Judy In Disguise.
Leg 4 - Race 4 (1,2,3,4,5,7,8) - No. 6 Times Remembered has shown zilch through a pair of starts, so we’ll use the other seven runners.
Leg 5 - Race 5 (1,4,7,8) - A modest group of turf distaffers in for $25,000, and we use No. 1 Prettypriceygirl, No. 4 Elegant, No. 7 Tanquerray and No. 8 Tribalicious.
Recap - (4) w (1,4,7) w (1,2,4,6) w (1,2,3,4,5,7,8) w (1,4,7,8) - Total cost of ticket = $168
Yesterday’s Result: (-$51.15)
Total for current Hollywood Park meet: (+$6,337)
Total from 7/20/11–4/21/13 - (+$15,757.10)
Late Pick 4 -
Leg 1 - Race 6 (1,3,8,9) - Slow pokes that have never won twice where we spread with No. 1 Ralphy Girl, No. 3 Glorious Memories, No. 8 Decoy and No. 9 Abella.
Leg 2 - Race 7 (1,2,5,7) - No. 2 Biorhythm is dangerous with the potential to wire the field in her turf debut, but we add a trio that have won turf sprints with No. 1 Llandudno, No. 5 Madre Luna and No. 7 Nospeightintended.
Leg 3 - Race 8 (1,4,6) - No. 6 Rock Me Baby always shows up in the afternoon, and she and No. 4 Half Strike have the most upside, being lightly raced.
The way No. 1 You Know I Know leveled off while romping in his last makes him a must-use right back.
Leg 4 - Race 9 (4,5,8,10) - In the first turf race of 2013 for juveniles on this circuit, we’ll use the experienced pair of No. 4 Geldautomat and No. 10 Celtic Moon along with debuters No. 5 Taelyns Prince and No. 8 Sunny Kat.
Recap - (1,3,8,9) w (1,2,5,7) w (1,4,6) w (4,5,8,10): Total cost of ticket = $96
Yesterday’s Result: -$163.70
Total for current Hollywood Park meet: (-$3,609)
Total from 12/26/10–4/21/13 - (-$3,662.45)
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