Two races stand out today today during Hollywood Park’s traditional Thanksgiving Day program, which begins earlier than normal at 11 a.m.
My best bet of the day comes in the fifth race, where trainer James Cassidy sends out 15-1 long shot Mississippian in the 1 1/2-mile event for optional claimers that is off the turf because of the recent rains. Don’t be afraid to bet Danny Sorenson, a veteran who doesn’t get many live mounts but takes advantage when he does.
In the nightcap, I like Dark Intrigue, 6-1 on the morning line. Jose Valdivia Jr. stays aboard for this 4-year-old Deputy Minister gelding, who raced wide in his last for trainer Mike Puype, who’s having a fine meeting with three wins from 18 starters.
Good luck today, and Happy Thanksgiving!