I think the first half of today’s Turf Festival doubleheader at Hollywood Park, the $100,000 Grade III Generous Stakes, is a three-horse race between trainer Todd Pletcher’s duo — Bittel Road and Hype — and the Neil Drysdale-trained Bourbon Bay.
In the $150,000 Grade III Hollywood Turf Express, at six furlongs, I like Delta Storm and California Flag. The latter, with Joe Talamo aboard, finished 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and gets softer today. He’ll be on the lead and could go gate to wire, but Delta Storm will be sitting close up under Aaron Gryder and could win if the top one falters in the late stages.
I also like Chimera Star and Carrie With a C in the eighth, and I think the nightcap is a grab bag. The favorite, Threat, has had five chances, the past four as the post-time favorite, and came up short each time. He could win because he’s racing cheaper than he ever has, but he’s not a lock. Miss Caper, Skim the Pool and Burnt all have big shots.
Good luck today!