Sunday’s 10th race from Santa Anita Park is the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup for 3-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a half on the main track (Post Time 8:14 p.m. ET).
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#3 TIZAMAGICIAN (2-1) was expected to be a Triple Crown series runner but was not ready for that kind of company in the spring and summer. He finally started to live up to his potential in a strong front running entry level win at one mile Sept. 5, and the sophomore colt may have turned the corner. I am not sure how far he wants to go but he should be in front early and will take them as far as he can. If he is all alone through slow splits, he is probably long gone.
#2 Combatant (9-5) frequently promises more than he delivers. I will definitely draw a line through the Del Mar Handicap (G2). The distance did not trip him up that day. It was the surface. He is 0-for-9 on turf and 4-for-14 with five minor awards on fast dirt. He won the Big ‘Cap (G1) earlier this year and might be classier than these.
#1 Cupid’s Claws (6-1) is a tad interesting in his first start after the Craig Dollase claim. Flavien Prat rides and I am not too concerned about the distance, but surface is definitely an issue. He has raced seventeen times and this is his first start on conventional dirt. He removes blinkers and should save all the ground.
#7 Azul Coast (8-1) has plenty of stamina but he is more of a plodder and I don’t think he can win, but he can get a minor award.
#3 to win
Trifecta Key 3/1-2-7
Recent Best Bet Winners
Sept 3 - GIRL DADDY ($8.60), Exacta ($22.80)
Sept 10 - ALITTLELESSTALK ($9.00)
Sept 17 - Coconut Cake/Quiet Imagination Exacta ($9.20)
Sept 18 - PRAIRIE FIRE ($10.60), Exacta ($45.60)
Sept 23 - Shoe Game/Semi Sweet Exacta ($76.00)
Sept 25 - BIG RUNNUER ($5.00), Exacta ($14.80)
Sept 26 - MUCHO UNUSUAL ($8.80)