TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Maiden claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds
Drink At Last Call – Second time out from Jeff Mullins; Michael Baze had choices and opted to ride this colt.
Cape Finistrerre – OK debut at 41/1 odds; not much class drop from MSW to $100K claimer, that’s expensive meat loaf.
Long Shot – Format V.
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds
A Royal Tizzy – Never been around 2-turns, but has show grit and determination; Rafael Bejarano gives him a shot.
Candy Arches – Upset winner in last, can be right there again with a repeat effort; has speed to lead early on.
Long Shot – Outside Shot
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Indianapolis – KY invader from Ken McPeek appears better suited for synthetics; like that Garrett Gomez takes the call.
Quarter Given – Richard Mandella adds blinkers on to get this colt to focus late; straight straight tough beats.
Long Shot – Valkyrie Missile
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Tamerin – Has won 2 straight, now is dropped in class; I like to think when Mike Mitchell gets them good, they stay good.
Life by R R – Chance to be lone early speed with the turf rail out 15 feet; unclaimed for $20K in last victory.
Long Shot – Birdie Birdie
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $10,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Stormy Racer – Been away 7-months, returns fresh and fit; likes SA, synthetics and returns facing her friends.
Warren’s R Ready – Steep class drop gives this one a big shot; broke his maiden in Arcadia and likes the Pro Ride.
Long Shot – Suziqcutie
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Suit Yourself – Garrett Gomez has won 3 times on him; claimed by Matt Chew who must have told Ron Anderson a story.
Vaundell – Been away 9-months since spitting the bit going a mile; sprint and state-breds should be to his liking.
Long Shot – Smoke Cat
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $100,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Bootleg Annie – She is lone speedy today, catch her to win; suspect Rafael Bejarano can set a modest early pace.
Dreamt – Juddmonte horses are now in the care of Bill Mott; suspect he doesn’t want the first one to be a clunker.
Long Shot – Dance to My Tune
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Minister d’Oro – Leap of faith that Garrett Gomez wouldn’t ride a dead piece FTS; Tom Bell is a good trainer.
Favre N Away – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; you’ll have and edge of seeing the action on all the FTS.
Long Shot – Gold Country
Best Bet – Indianapolis (race 3)
Santa Anita Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$37.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$19.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 163/42/$285.40; Long Shots, 83/10/$100.40; Best Bets, 10/5/$19.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Snowy Elegance (5/2) in race 10 at Philadelphia Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Matai won at Tampa Bay paying $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 10/8/$47.20