Saturday proved to be a day of longshots, giving bettors some good payouts and some surprises. This Saturday, the last before Breeders’ Cup, saw a lot turnout, but those who attended were in good spirits and enjoyed the flow of money provided by a smart, or perhaps just a lucky, bet.
Sudden Sam and Tyler Baze started the day with an 11 to 1 victory, taking the early lead and setting the pace to get up at the wire over favorite, Brandothebartender. Sudden Sam paid $24.00 for the win. In the 2nd, Mesa Sky gave Kent Desormeaux his first win of the day, pulling clear under urging. Mesa Sky went off at nearly 4 to 1 odds and paid $9.80 to win.
Arewehavingfunyet and Norberto Arroyo Jr. upset favorite, Wonderful Lie and Flavien Prat in the 3rd, prevailing gamely after finding a hole on the rail and slipping through. Norberto Arroyo also took the 4th on Causa, an 11 to 1 longshot, who proved best after stalking the pace and being four deep on the turn.
Silver Summer continued the longshot play in the 5th, coming in under the wire at 7 to 1. The gray Siberian Summer gelding gave Kent Desormeaux his second win on the day. With longshot, Taima the Hawk getting the place, the exacta paid $220.70. Rounding out the trifecta was Aeon, at 3 to 1, creating a somehow fitting $666 payout for the Halloween weekend.
Another 7 to 1 shot hit the wire in the 6th, with Weirdhaircut Seth and jockey, Austin Solis nipping favorite, Triple Clown at the finish. Triple Clown and Tyler Baze were slow to start but just missed the win. Show Me Da Lute and Victor Espinoza moved away clear and took the 7th at 6 to 1 after dueling in the stretch with Troublewithatee.
The 8th, the Grade III Autumn Miss, brought some drama to the day, as Cover Song and Kent Desormeaux, at 30 to 1, came out on favorite, Danilovna and Flavien Prat. Prat claimed foul, saying Desormeaux elbowed him, and the inquiry lasted a good few minutes before Desormeaux’s win was upheld by the stewards. The stewards determined both were at fault in the end. Cover Song’s win paid $63.40 and knocked a lot of folks out of the late Pick 4.
A favorite finally brought it home when Ann Arbor Eddie and Mario Gutierrez took the 9th and final race on the card. Ann Arbor Eddie inched away from Joseph Talamo and Iron Curtain. Iron Curtain was a handful in the paddock, kicking walls, but was a professional on the track and placed at odds of 13 to 1.
The final Pick 3 paid $1092, the Pick 6 paid $1974, and the $.50 Pick 4 paid $5848 for those lucky enough to have a winning ticket with Cover Song on it. I, of course, was not one of those.
Next week is Breeders’ Cup. And don’t forget the November 2nd Zenyatta salute on 1st Avenue in Arcadia!