A solid nine-race card closes out the penultimate week of racing at Santa Anita’s inaugural autumn meet.
A full field of ten allowance optional claimers go in the feature race slotted eighth over a mile and an eighth on the turf, where the grizzled veteran 16-time winner Yodelen Dan is the 3-to-1 morning line favorite. The eight-year-old gelded son of Swiss Yodeler has finished in the money in 36-of-51 career races and makes his second start of the meet after a disappointing effort a month ago. Rafael Bejarano, who won five races yesterday, is back aboard for the first time since August of 2010.
Making his debut on turf, Riveting Reason is an 8-to-1 shot in his second start off a long layoff for Myung Kwon Cho with Joe Talamo aboard for the first time. The three-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus, who was the runner-up in February’s Robert Lewis (Grade II), shows a pair of speedy works over the turf and his dam won 3-of-10 starts over the sod for earnings of $117,000.