Turf Festival winds up with Derby, Miesque

I like Take the Points in today’s $300,000 Hollywood Derby as Hollywood Park wraps up its three-day Turf Festival.

Take the Points has won two consecutive Grade 1 races on the grass, showing he’s a different horse since being switched to the turf after a 13th-place finish in the Preakness. Edgar Prado flies in to ride.

I’ll go with The Mailet in the $100,000 Miesque Stakes as the 2-year-old Rock Hard Ten filly comes in off a 1 1/2-length maiden score on the turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 22. She came from well out of it in her third career start and Joel Rosario gets the call.

It will be interesting to see how many Hollywood Park draws today on Zenyatta Day. As I was walking in it looked like a decent-size crowd.

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