05/21/2013 2:14PM

Hollywood Park: Thursday card features key contenders trying something new


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Handicapping puzzles will be solved Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park, where key starters throughout the card will be attempting something new – to launch careers, switch surfaces, change distances, and return from layoffs.

Well-regarded juveniles debut in race 2, a probable winner in race 3 will try grass, and the pacesetter in race 5 – Sweet Assay – has never run two turns. In race 7, juvenile graded stakes winners from last year try to resurrect their careers.

It starts in the second race with a pair of juvenile fillies – On the Backstreets and Daylight’s Coming – who demonstrated above-average ability at the under-tack show for the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

On the Backstreets worked a quarter-mile in 21 seconds, the second-fastest breeze of the sale, and was purchased for $105,000. Sired by Street Boss, she has continued to post sharp works at Hollywood and makes her debut for trainer Peter Miller.

Daylight’s Coming worked a furlong in 9.80 at the sale, the third-fastest breeze at that distance, and was purchased for $130,000. She is sired by Stormy Atlantic, and her recent works for trainer Jeff Bonde have been sharp.

Until last Friday’s win by California Chrome, favorites had blanked in juvenile maiden races at the meet (eight races total). The early favorite Thursday in race 2 is Ninnavee, sold since she last raced May 3 and now trained by Eddie Truman.

In race 3, Tribal Chatter is listed at 4-1, a generous price even if she is moving up in class and switching surfaces. Sired by Tribal Rule and a sibling to turf stakes winner Swift Winds, Tribal Chatter finished second in her April 13 comeback, nearly nine lengths clear of third.

Victor Garcia trains Tribal Chatter, who adds blinkers and faces modest California-bred maiden special weight fillies in the six-furlong turf race. The early favorite is first-time starter Suances Pride.

In race 5, jockey Edwin Maldonado is tasked with slowing down Sweet Assay in her first try around two turns. A two-start sprinter, Sweet Assay is expected to set the pace in the one-mile grass race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

Maldonado’s last turf ride Sunday was a ninth-race adventure. In that sprint, Maldonado and Don’t Lose Faith led by seven lengths in midstretch but lost by a nose. Sweet Assay must ration her speed Thursday while facing also-eligible favorite Miss Pippa and Marinda.

Race 7 is a first-level $80,000 optional claimer for 3-year-olds in which Doug O‘Neill-trained comebackers Know More and South Floyd are contenders. Each is making his first start of 2013.

Last summer at Del Mar, Know More won the Grade 2 Best Pal in his career debut and placed in two Grade 1 races before finishing off the board in three straight.

Wine Stock, a highly rated last-out maiden winner, and Disarm are the favorites.