Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Oct. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Marino Mizer, 2, Broker Brett, 3. Big Macher. LONG SHOT: Anytime.

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo makes any interesting choice here as he jumps off another horse that finished second last time out to ride MARINO MIZER, a 3-year-old gelding, who got squeezed at the start, still pressed the pace, but faded in the stretch. Look for a better effort in this spot.


SECOND RACE: 1. My Lucky Rose, 2. Frandontjude, 3. Violate. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

MY LUCKY ROSE was favored last time on the drop into the maiden claiming ranks but she finished a disappointing fifth. Trainer Bob Baffert must be hoping the switch to dirt does the gtrick. VIOLATE is making the big drop from straight maidens. MUDGE is a first-timer from the crafty Steve Miyadi barn.


THIRD RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Ready for More, 3. Camp Victory. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

MEGA HEAT has two wins over the course and takes a drop back into a $50,000 claimer. The last time the 6-year-old gelding ran at this level, he won. Plus leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over. MEGA HEAT IS SCRATCHED.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Warrens Wild Thing, 2. Tuckers Point, 3. Tamarack Smarty. LONG SHOT: Unusual Jazz.

Trainer John Martin, who mainly runs in Northern California, claimed WARRENS WILD THING at Del Mar and he sees fit to run in Southern California, even though the horse was training at Golden Gate. The 7-year-old gelding has never won a race on dirt, but Martin is 35 percent first off the claim.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Clearly Confused, 2. Scary Fast, 3. Coco de Carchy. LONG SHOT: Lil Cheyenne.

CLEARLY CONFUSED has a 5-1-1-1 record on dirt back East, but she was shipped West to run at Del Mar. She drops from a $32,000 claimer into a race for $12,500. She comes out of a key race and has been training well at Santa Anita.


SIXTH RACE: 1. LLANDUDNO (best bet), 2. Atta Girl Alma, 3. Madre Luna. LONG SHOT: Heat Trap.

LLANDUDNO, a 3-year-old filly, lost to the undefeated Bob Baffert filly Socialbug by a length at Del Mar. She broke her maiden running over the downhill turf course which gives her a leg up on quite a few here. Jockey Joe Talamo decides to stick around. ATTA GIRL ALMA has also won previously over the course.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Circle the Moon.

BLUE TONE has two lifetime wins, both on synthetic, but he finished a decent third in his career debut on the dirt at Santa Anita in April. He is by Birdstone so he is bred to love the dirt and he’s in good form for trainer Bob Hess and jockey Mike Smith.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Song of the Times, 2. Runaway Que, 3. Candy Anniversary. LONG SHOT: Flying Open.

Top jockeys don’t often stick around for the last race of the day, especially a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds, but trainer Ed Moger Jr. got Garrett Gomez to ride SONG OF THE TIMES so he rates a long look after fading at Fairplex Park. RUNAWAY QUE is a first-timer to keep an eye on. Trainer Jeff Mullins wins 24 percent first time out and 27 percent with maiden claimers.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Miss Personality $10.80, 2nd races)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Tom’s Tribute $4.60, 5th; Magestic Stinger $6, 7th; Indy Point $6, 8th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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