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Handicapping with Jeff Siegel
The Saturday program begins with a restricted $20,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-olds; we’ll use two in our rolling exotics but otherwise not get too involved. #5 Top Drawer and #2 Price of Glory both ran well when second and fourth, respectively, in a similar event last month and both seem to have done well in the morning in the interim. ‘Drawer retains Desormeaux and should be closer to the past today while ‘Glory will be part of the pace as well and a repeat of either one of his last two start could be good enough.
The second race is a maiden special weight dash for juvenile fillies, with #1 Lov Fool training well enough for Yakteen to be fit and ready first crack out of the box. The daughter of Bushwacker hopefully will pop and go from her inside draw. #6 Briana Jean, from the clever Miyadi barn, is a Golden Gate Fields shipper with slow drills, but many maidens from this stable run better than they work and we suspect this daughter of Lucky Pulpit will as well.
#8 Artistic Charm seems primed for a huge run in the third race, an entry-level allowance turf miler for fillies and mares. In the money in both of her local starts since being imported from England, the Callaghan-trained filly retains Bejarano and with another forward move should be up to the assignment. We’ll prefer her on top but also include in our rolling exotics #5 Yana, a razor sharp winner on the main track last time out but equally effective on turf, and #4 Spelling Again, first off the claim for Miller and removing blinkers while switching to Prat.
The Pick-6 begins with the fourth race, a bottom-rung maiden claiming extended sprint. #5 Hallucinator was claimed out of his debut by Agarie (very strong with first-off-claim stats) and seems sure to improve after finishing fourth (speed, fade) against similar company last month. He’s worked well since that race and seems very likely to stick around a lot longer today. #4 Go Jeremiah is a fit on figures and is worth including, though he’s already had six chances and may have less room for improvement.
The American Oaks is carded as the fifth race. #2 Spanish Queen has won two of three career starts including the recent Honeymoon Stakes and her numbers continue to rise with each outing. The distance shouldn’t be an issue and Blanc figures to have this daughter of Tribal Rule in an ideal, pace-stalking position. #7 Consumer Credit, a winner of four of her last five starts including three stakes, lands hot riding Prat, and the Brown-trained daughter of More Than Ready seems like the most dangerous of the closing types. We’ll try to get by using just these two, with preference on top to Spanish Queen.
The sixth race is a strong first-level allowance main track mile event for 3-year-olds that finds the promising #4 Forest Blue trying two-turns for the first time. After breaking his maiden at first asking in fast time, the Miller-trained gelding was a troubled but admirable runner-up to Kentuckian in the Laz Barrera Stakes earlier this month. With two sprints behind him, the son of Tale of Ekati should be ready to stretch out and regain his winning form, and he’s reunited with Espinoza, who won on him two races back. #7 Bronze Star, a strong second in a highly-rated sprint in his sophomore debut three weeks ago, has trained nicely since for Hollendorfer and proved he could win going long during his juvenile campaign. He switches to Bejarano and be able to secure a good second flight position. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics and then come back and press a bit with Forest Blue on top.
We’ll use three in the seventh race, a starter’s allowance downhill turf sprint topped by #5 It Is Living Water. Away since last summer when he broke his maiden in fast time at Del Mar, the Miller-trained gelding is protected in his comeback and could be a better type this time around. He’s run well over this course in the past and his works at San Luis Rey Downs indicate he’s fit and ready. #7 Shemp broke his maiden at first asking over this course and distance last month and did so despite a slow start from the difficult post position one. If he breaks cleanly today, the son of Curlin could shake loose early and be tough to catch late. #2 Dead Easy is just one-for-14 lifetime and probably not one to trust, but he was a closing second in a similar event earlier this month in a race that’s been productive and he’s reunited with Desormeaux, who won on him three races back. He’ll be doing his best work late. Let’s include all three in rolling exotic play and then have an extra ticket or two using It Is Living Water on top.
The Californian, the eighth race on the card, is a nine furlong main track event that sets up nicely for #8 Catch a Flight. A winner of two of his last three including the Precisionist earlier this month, the Mandella-trained Brazilian import will appreciate the extra ground and should continue to improve as he further acclimates. #4 Hard Aces was a respectable fourth in the Big ‘Cap but didn’t fire at all when unplaced in the subsequent Oaklawn Handicap. He’ll be adding blinkers for Sadler and seems likely to bounce back to his best. Catch a Flight gets strong top billing but we’ll use Hard Aces as a saver on a lesser ticket.
The finale is a state-bred maiden special weight downhill turf sprint with three that catch the eye. #12 Pay the Fine has steadily improving speed figures and looks ready to produce another forward move. Drawn comfortably outside, the O’Neill-trained colt should fold into an ideal stalking position. #3 Real Big Deal, a better-than-looked fourth in his debut, tries turf today, retains Desormeaux, and looks dangerous from off the pace. #4 Stormin Trick, a route to sprint play, has plenty of zip and could get brave if he can clear early.