HORSE RACING

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

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