Santa Anita Park Picks – Friday, October 2, 2020

| October 1, 2020 4:27 pm PDT

I can always count on Santa Anita Park to provide me with underdogs to tout and long-odds entries that offer show ticket opportunities. Today’s ten races—mostly of the maiden and claiming variety—were a bit lean on both, but I still found two value show bets, plus a second-favored underdog in race 6, so I’m happy.

Remember that while I cover the day’s richest races at Santa Anita Park, you can always find the full list of matches—along with entries, post positions, jockeys, and wagering options—at one of our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Read on for Friday’s Santa Anita Park picks and betting tips.

Pick for Santa Anita Park Race 1

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs on turf for a purse of $55,000.

I’m backing the 2/1 morning line favorite in this race—Master Ryan, ridden by Abel Cedillo. This four-year-old gelding moneyed six of his seven career starts (three thirds and three seconds; his one non-money finish was a fourth). In a field of wannabes, Master Ryan wants to be the most.

With four longer-odds entries in this race, you’d think at least one of them would provide us with a value show bet. Nah, brah.

  • Win: Master Ryan 2/1

Picks for Santa Anita Park Race 6

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $55,000.

I’m going with the second-favored (3/1) Hollywood’s Best, with Abel Cedillo in the irons. This three-year-old gelding moneyed one of his two career starts (pulling a second in his most recent start).

At 12/1, I’m thinking the Gone Awol, with Tyler Baze aboard, could be a hidden show bet waiting to pay off. This four-year-old gelding has no starts on record, but has some good times in workouts, particularly in the longer distances. It could happen.

  • Win: Hollywood’s Best 3/1
  • Show: Gone Awol 12/1

Picks for Santa Anita Park Race 8

This is an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $57,000.

I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite here—Velvet Queen, piloted by top jockey Flavien Prat. This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her 13 career starts, winning three of them.

I did find a 10/1 sleeper in this race: Last First Kiss, with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her seven career starts, winning one of them. Show bet only.

  • Win: Velvet Queen 5/2
  • Show: Last First Kiss 10/1

More Racing Tips for Today

Santa Anita wasn’t the only horse racing track to provide us with some good ROI opportunities. Check out these other two tracks for Friday moneymakers:

J.W. Paine
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