Updated on 09/16/2011 6:54AM

No standout in 14-horse Big Cap

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The entry of Euchre (above) and Milwaukee Brew is the 3-1 favorite on Daily Racing Form's morning line.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The lack of a standout and the lure of a $1 million purse has made Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap one of the most wide-open runnings in the race's 65-year history.

And the richest race of the meeting could be a gold mine for bettors, who will be assured value in a field loaded with potential winners.

There were 14 horses entered on Wednesday, which would be the largest field to start since 17 ran in 1983. Last year, Tiznow beat 11 others in a campaign that ended with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park last October.

The entry of Euchre and Milwaukee Brew is the 3-1 favorite on Daily Racing Form's morning line. Both are trained by Bobby Frankel, but they represent his third and fourth string.

Frankel is passing the race with his top two handicap horses: Mizzen Mast, who has a foot injury, and Lido Palace, who is being rested until summer.

Futural, the winner of two important stakes last year, is 4-1 on DRF's morning line, while Giant Gentleman is 6-1 and Sky Jack and Fancy As 8-1. Dig for It, a last-minute addition to the field, and Last Parade are the mutuel field.

Futural and Euchre carry high weight of 118 pounds, and spot the other dozen entrants one to six pounds. Seinne will carry low weight of 112 pounds.

In a way, Seinne is typical of the longshot trying this year's Big Cap. A 5-year-old, Seinne has won two allowance races since arriving in this country from Chile, but is winless in two starts at this meeting. He was fourth in the San Pasqual Handicap on Jan. 5 and a well-beaten fifth in the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3.

Seinne, to be ridden by Victor Espinoza, could give trainer Ron McAnally his first Big Cap win since Mr Purple scored at 18-1 in 1996.

"I think over this distance the weight will have an impact," McAnally said. "If he runs back to the San Pasqual, I think he'll have a chance."

Kudos and Cagney were the only Big Cap entrants to work on Wednesday, each going three furlongs at Santa Anita. Cagney was clocked in 35.60 seconds, although trainer Richard Mandella recorded the work in 35 seconds.

"He looked like he did it so easy," Mandella said.

Kudos did not receive an official time, but Mandella timed him in 35 seconds.

Mandella was not concerned about Cagney's draw on the rail, and said he would have specific instructions for jockey Mike Smith.

"I was relieved when I drew the rail," Mandella said. "I'll tell Mike to follow the white line."

Santa Anita Handicap

Purse: $1 million; 1 1/4 miles; Grade 1

1Cagney,M. Smith,115,15-1

2Fancy As,G. Stevens,114,8-1

3Sky Jack,L. Pincay,116,8-1

4Giant Gentleman,A. Solis,114,6-1

5Seinne,V. Espinoza,112,30-1

6Kudos,E. Delahoussaye,115,12-1

7Last Parade,B. Blanc,113,30-1

8Freedom Crest,C. Nakatani,116, 20-1

9Euchre,G. Gomez,118,3-1

10 Futural, C. McCarron, 118, 4-1

11Dig For It,J. Valdivia,113,30-1

12Irisheyesareflying,D. Flores,116,10-1

13Milwaukee Brew,K. Desormeaux,113,3-1

14Western Pride,P. Valenzuela,116,8-1

Coupled: Euchre and Milwaukee Brew; Mutuel Field: Last Parade and Dig For It

Odds by Mike Watchmaker