Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Private Dreams a key to Hollywood carryover
By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Evaluating the ability of Private Dreams is a key for bettors pursuing a pick six carryover of $183,032 on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
No winning favorites scored during the pick six on Sunday, creating the meeting's first carryover since May 24.
Wednesday's pick six covers the third through eighth races on a program that begins at 1:20 p.m. The pick six includes five fields of nine or more.
Private Dreams runs in the seventh, an optional claimer that drew six 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs on turf.
In her only start, the Kentucky-bred Private Dreams won a maiden race in Chile last November before being sent to Florida. California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer bought her and brought her to the West Coast.
Private Dreams, by Johannesburg, zipped a half-mile in 46.60 seconds from the gate on May 20, the fastest of 51 recorded works at the distance. Private Dreams has subsequently worked on turf. The quick workout on May 20 suggests that Private Dreams could be a factor from the start of Wednesday's race.
"She has plenty of lick," Hollendorfer said. "She finishes well, too. I'm hoping that she might be okay. They can talk all they want about workouts. The afternoons are what counts."
In Chile, Private Dreams won a maiden race over about six furlongs on turf by 1 3/4 lengths as the 5-2 favorite against 14 rivals.
"She's acclimated quite well since we bought her," Hollendorfer said. "We've taken our time with her. We're looking to see if she can compete in North America."
Private Dreams is the only entrant in Wednesday's race to have won her last start.
The race also marks the turf debut of three fillies - Double Major, Quite a Rush, and Swiss Blend.
Double Major, third in the Sunshine Millions Oaks last January, was third in an allowance race on May 10, her only start at this meeting.
Quite a Rush, entered to be claimed for $80,000, was stakes-placed at Golden Gate Fields in January. In her only subsequent start, she was fourth of five fillies in the Dipsea Trail Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 26.
Swiss Blend, entered for an $80,000 claim, has lost three races since a maiden win at Santa Anita in January.
Big Bertha and Primal Cat, who both have turf experience, each ran poorly in her last start. Big Bertha was seventh in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes over a mile on turf here on May 12. Primal Cat, who defeated maidens on turf at Santa Anita in April, has run ninth and fifth in first-level allowance races in her last two starts.
The third race on Wednesday is a $10,000 claimer for California-breds. Alpine Sport, claimed for $10,000 on May 11, makes her first start for trainer Mike Puype, who has an excellent record with recent claims.
The fourth race is for statebred maidens over a mile on turf. Twelve will run. Vice Admiral, beaten a half-length in open company on June 3, will be on many tickets.
The fifth race is run over six furlongs for $25,000 claimers who have not won twice. The race will have 14 starters. Conclave, second in a race for 3-year-olds on May 30, faces older horses for the first time.
There are 10 fillies and mares entered in the sixth race, a starter allowance over 1 1/16 miles. Charisma Matters, Cheese Face, and Pieces of Paradise, who all are from stables having successful meetings, are capable of winning.
The day's final race is a maiden claimer over seven furlongs, which has drawn a cast of 10. Owen Roe O'Neill, dropping from maiden special weight races, and Mellow Cammie, a game second at 16-1 in a maiden claimer on May 28, will be prominent in the betting.