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Handicapping with Jeff Siegel
The Sunday program offers just eighth races, with the featured Honeymoon Stakes carded as the finale.
The opener will have a very short priced favorite in #4 J and S Express, listed at 6/5 on the morning line. A winner for $12,500 two runs back and sixth when beaten less than four lengths against a $16,000 group last time out, she drops for the money run and wins with anything close her best effort. You can use her as a rolling exotic single or simply pass the race.
The second race is a six runner affair for $25,000 claiming fillies and mares at six furlongs. We’ll pass the race other than to use two in our rolling exotics. #1 Belle of the Fleet was a convincing winner at this level two runs back and must be given a strong look after a disappointing run vs. tougher up north last month. However, top billing must go to #5 Sea John’s Spirit. Second off a layoff for Ellis, she disappointed in her comeback but drops a notch and should be fitter and tougher today. She’s also being re-equipped with blinkers and is comfortably placed outside where she can stalk and pounce.
The Pick-6 begins with the third race, a maiden special weight extended sprint for fillies and mares. #7 Two Taps closed a gap in her debut when fourth vs. similar on turf and today tries the main track for a barn that has excellent stats with second-timers. We’re expecting Espinoza to have her along in time. #2 Never Ends, second in all four starts, probably can’t beat a real good maiden but it takes a decent one to beat her. We’ll toss her in. #5 Gentle Humor has trained well enough to warrant a look for the red-hot Mandella-Prat team. We’ll prefer Two Taps on top but use all three in our rolling exotics.
We’ll also triple the fourth race, a nine-furlong entry-level allowance event on turf. #6 Lucky Views is razor sharp and improving for Machowsky; he just won over this course and distance against a softer group last month and with another forward move may be able to win right back. #2 Gab Power had a prep down the hill recently and should go better with the class drop and the added distance. #3 Turn On the Pumps just can’t seem to win but he’s likely to at least get a piece of it and may be worth using on a ticket or two as a saver.
Maiden claiming fillies and mares sprint six furlongs in the fifth race with two major players. #4 Jazzed, a decent runner-up in her debut, has a right to improve for Hendricks and will be especially tough if she breaks with her field today. #8 Pocketfullofgreen has burned money in her last pair but she’s a fit on figures, switches to Baze, and may be the quickest in the field.
The sixth race is another nine furlong turf affair, this one for $32,000 claimers. #9 Enzio, a $25,000 Moger claim, seeks his third straight on the one-level jump and always lays his body down. He likes to lag and produce one run and Van Dyke knows exactly when to push the button. #5 Persuasive Paul returns to his favorite surface and drops to his proper level; the Knapp-trained gelding runs best for this rider and continues to look good in the morning. #2 Fast Track takes a one-level class drop and should fit better in this league; the main negative is that he’s winless in seven starts over this course but against this group he has to be respected.
The seventh race is a main track middle distance allowance event for fillies and mares. #2 Grandiose Tactics, a high-priced claim by Sadler last out, is genuine and consistent with rising speed figures. She has excellent tactical speed and is a logical morning line choice at 8/5. Let’s use her as a straight play and rolling exotic single.
The Honeymoon Stakes looks similar to the Providencia that was run last month; we liked #8 Entrechat that day (she finished a close third) and we like her once again. The Drysdale-trained daughter of Giant’s Causeway may be better equipped to handle this nine furlong trip today and Prat should have her within striking range throughout. #9 Spirit of Xian, winner of the Providencia, has to be used once again as does #2 Spanish Queen, beaten a neck in that same race while making only her second career start.