Santa Anita News
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Wednesday, Jan. 28
He’ll be too short to wager on, but #5 Red Sun seems like a logical ShowVivor pick – assuming you’re still in the contest – in today’s 1st race. The Carla Gaines-trained gelding was beaten a half length in his debut despite a slow start and has come back to train especially well, indicating a substantial forward move is likely. He doesn’t have a whole lot to beat in this straight maiden state bred affair and should go on to bigger and better things down the road. We’re expecting both #5 Congaree Park and #6 Ringolevio to display improvement in the 3rd race and both should be used in your rolling exotics. Congaree Park exits a hot straight maiden dash, adds blinkers, stretches out, gets Bejarano, and shows up for an expensive tag. This distance should be much more to his liking. Ringoleivo is improving with racing, adds the hood, and should be part of the pace throughout. #6 If Not for You returns to the main track today after finishing a solid third in a similar starter’s allowance affair on grass last month and a recent sharp work should have her right on edge. Bejarano should be able to fold over into a good stalking spot behind the stretching out pair of #2 A Sassy Fusaichi and #3 Sleep Tight. The latter looked good graduating recently but that certainly wasn’t much of a group she beat. The 5th race is an open affair and a spread is suggested in the rolling exotics. At least three that you should use are #7 Ellie L., who returns to the maiden claiming ranks and seems sure to improve; #8 Kathy’s Garden, a first time for a tag play with very competitive speed figures; and #9 Lacey Leilah, stretching out for Gaines following a pair of useful sprint preps. The 6th race looks like a replay of a Jan. 1 $25,000 claimer won by #9 Slew of Candy. No less than seven of the 10 starters exit that race but our top pick would be one that doesn’t. #6 Shelbydell looked good graduating two races back and might have been in a tad steep when third in a starter’s race earlier this month. She’s trained well for Mullins since that event, retains Potts, and may have found her friends today. #9 Stretchinthelimits was found wanting in the Cal Breeders Stakes last month but she drops into a high price claimer today in the 7th race and should regain her winning ways. The Mike Mitchell-trained filly doesn’t need the lead to win and should find herself in an ideal pace prompting trip under Bejarano. The finale is a modest maiden claiming router for 3-year-old fillies and #5 Sweetwaterwind should be in the thick of things, but she’s slow on numbers and could be vulnerable. #9 Secret Limit continues to train like she’s got more talent than shown, and with a pedigree that should allow her to improve over a distance of ground, the Dan Hendricks-trained daughter of Globalize figures tough despite the outside draw.