06/01/2011 3:15PM

Hollywood Park: Galleta Monstruo back quick after win


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – What you see is what you get with two sharp, honest geldings in two good allowance races Friday night at Hollywood Park – Galleta Monstruo in race 5 and Smokey Lonesome in race 7.

Galleta Monstruo wheels back six days after a big win while stretching out to 7 1/2 furlongs in a first-level allowance on the main track; Smokey Lonesome runs 1 1/16 miles on turf in a three-other-than allowance, the same level at which he missed by a neck last out.

If there is a knock on the obvious, it is price – the odds will be relatively low on both Galleta Monstruo and Smokey Lonesome. No problem. Bettors seeking a higher price won’t need to look far – both races include new shooters that might be better than they appear.

Warning Song is expected to improve as a first-time gelding in race 5; well-bred shipper Calimonco is expected to improve on the fast local turf in his first start for trainer John Sadler in race 7. To win their respective heats, they must knock off legitimate favorites.

The race 5 chalk Galleta Monstruo won a $35-40,000 claiming race only six days ago.

“He ran so well and came out of it so good,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “Those are the times you can come back quicker. If they are in a zone, you can do it. He is in a zone.”

Galleta Monstruo earned back-to-back Beyer Speed Figures of 91 and 90, highest in the field. The 4-for-21 gelding can win again if he catches the possible lone front-runner Eye On Jacob. Meanwhile, the mystery horse is Warning Song.

Purchased last fall in Europe, 3-for-17 Warning Song flubbed both U.S. starts in spring. Trainer Mike Mitchell had him gelded immediately after a second disappointment. The hope was that his form would turn.

“I can see a difference,” Mitchell said. “Before, he wouldn’t give me a good gallop-out. Now, his works and gallop-outs are strong.”

Mitchell expects recently gelded Warning Song to produce an improved performance Friday. As for the trainer, he is holding a hot hand. Mitchell entered the week atop the standings, with 15 wins from 34 starters.

The race 7 chalk is Smokey Lonesome, third against similar last month.

“That was one of his better efforts,” jockey Joe Talamo said. “He’s got a tremendous turn of foot, but what’s good about him is he can do anything. You can send him, and he won’t get rank.”

Trained by Art Sherman, Smokey Lonesome faces Blue Chagall, Informed, Ace of Aces, and Ferneley. The field also includes a new shooter – Calimonco, a Storm Cat 5-year-old and full brother to champion Sweet Catomine and Grade 1 winner Life Is Sweet.

Owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod, and previously trained by Bill Mott, Calimonco will make his first start for Sadler.

“He’s doing really well, and they think he’ll like this turf course,” Sadler said. “It will be my job to see if I can take him up a little bit.”