Santa Anita News
- SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES RENOVATIONS TO GRANDSTAND & STABLE AREA, FACILITY TO CLOSE FOR TRAINING DURING DEL MAR RACE MEET THIS SUMMER
- SANTA ANITA CONGRATULATES RAMON DOMINGUEZ ON GREAT CAREER, MULTIPLE ECLIPSE AWARD WINNING JOCKEY ALSO WON 2012 WOOLF AWARD
- HRTV RECEIVES FIVE 2013 OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Sunday, Jan. 25
Yep, another Pick-6 carryover for Sunday, this time with $155,407 in the till. And I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t carry over again until Wednesday. Personally, I’m going to tread lightly and you might consider doing the same. The 4th race in a downhill slalom for entry level allowance runners and anybody can win it. #1 Its in God’s Hands has blazing speed but he’s suspect at this distance and unproven on turf. The pedigree says he should like the lawn, so we wouldn’t toss him out. #4 Steady Demand seems like a need the lead type but he certainly won’t make the pace with Its in God’s Hands in the field. However, if that one backs up, Steady Demand might be first over and that makes him dangerous. #6 Pack Your Bags gets blinkers and retains Bejarano and could be dangerous if held up early and allowed to run late. #9 Ballistic Heat has shown the ability to pass horses and the race-shape could compliment his late-running style. Finally, #11 Steady Demand is bred for turf on both sides of his pedigree and finally gets a chance on the lawn. He’s back with Gomez and is a “must use” in the exotics. Bottom rung maiden claimers occupy the 5th race and the three main contenders as we see it are #1 Water, #5 Kinky Rule and #13 The Emerald King. Water ran well off a long layoff at Hollywood Park last month and if he moves forward at all he’ll be dangerous from the rail in this abbreviated sprint. Kinky Rule removes blinkers and won’t have to improve much to be in the battle throughout. The Emerald King fits well on speed figures and switches to the very strong riding Rios. At 8-1 on the morning line, he may offer some real value. We have another grass grab bag to deal with in the 6th race, a starter’s allowance event for maiden claiming winners. We like the way #7 Devive is improving with racing and if he can duplicate his main track form on turf, he can win again for trainer Bob Hess. He didn’t run well in two previous turf tries, but he’s probably better now than he was then. #10 Ata Benchmark exits a very hot race for the level and should be forwardly placed throughout. #11 Barbarosso fits solidly on speed figures and ran decently on grass up north. And if you can afford it, toss in #12 Rock the Rock, who beat nothing up north but won with authority with a useful figure and gets Bejarano. If you like something in the 7th race, go with it, because you’re not going to get much help from me. #4 Khun Dan at least is in good form and fits on numbers although he may not be terribly genuine. He doesn’t look any worse than anybody else, though, which is why he’s the lukewarm 7/2 morning line favorite. #9 Lardog has won three out of 12 and that automatically qualifies him as a major contender despite the fact that he’s done very little since being claimed last summer. Nothing would surprise me here. The Tuzla Handicap, which goes as the 8th race, should boil down to #7 Gotta Have Her, who really does like this turf course and has enough tactical speed to stay clear of traffic trouble, and #14 Magical Fantasy, who must overcome the dreadful outside draw but certainly can beat this field with any kind of racing luck. The week concludes with another maiden claimer, this one at 5 ½ furlongs and has tote buster written all over it. #2 Bruin Bench has enough ability to at least hit the board and with only slight improvement might earn his diploma. #9 Dial Four Peace removes blinkers (one of my favorite angles) and should be pressing the pace throughout. He’s another who won’t need much improvement to win. Listed at an attractive 8-1 on the morning line is #11 Prince Novetti, who continues to train like he’s better than shown and could wake up considerably with blinkers and Bejarano. Be back Wednesday when we could easily be looking at a two-day carryover. Good luck!