OK, three horses caught my eye on tonight’s eight-race card at Hollywood Park — Something Sonic in the second, Sky Marni in the sixth and Denizen in the nightcap.
Something Sonic, 6-1 on the morning line, is trained by the red-hot Doug O’Neill, who is making a mockery of the Hollypark trainer standings. He leads runner-up John Sadler by 10 wins, 19-9, heading into tonight’s program. The 5-year-old gelding finished second for a $8,000 claiming tag at Hollywood on May 15 and O’Neill puts him in for $10,000 tonight. I like the jump in class, as small as it is. He’s ready to fire.
Sky Marni, 9-2 on the morning line, has run third, third and second in her past three starts and has the Beyer to be ultra competitive in this spot. The capable Martin Garcia sticks with this 3-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa and I think she’ll be rolling in the stretch.
Nothing better than wrapping up the night with a win, and Denizen — 9-2 on the morning line — has the speed to wire this group and send all his backers home with thicker bankrolls. The 3-year-old gelding, who’ll be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished second in his debut against $25,000 maiden claimers on April 24 at Hollypark before running sixth against $40,000 stock on May 13. He’s back with the $25,000 brigade tonight and should prove tough to catch.
Good luck tonight!!