Santa Anita News
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Friday, Jan. 30
Yet another Pick-6 carryover to attack today – there’s $74,682 in the till – and another difficult card to deal with. The sequence begins with the 3rd race and we'll use #5 Band of Thunder and #8 All Man. Band of Thunder returns to the high priced claiming ranks while retaining Bejarano and he’s also back on the main track, which is his preferred surface. His excellent tactical speed should keep him out of trouble and this extended sprint trip is ideal for his style. All Man lands the good outside post and keeps firing bullets for Canani. He knows how to win a photo and should be prominent throughout. The 4th race is a maiden claimer and we suggest you use as many as you can afford to. The top three in our book are #2 Speedski, a class dropper from straight maiden company and a bold threat with a repeat of her race before last; #3 Wild Apart, in the money in her last pair at this level although beaten both times as the favorite; and #6 Hannah’s Moment, worn down late in a strong race for the level in just her second career start and switching to red hot riding Rosario. You also may want to include stranger danger #9 River Spey, a fast working first timer with speed breeding (but from a stable that doesn’t win many with first timers). You’d probably be wise to spread the 5th race as well. #2 Suit Yourself is a prototype late-running sprinter retaining Gomez and moving up a notch in class following an all out win with a rally-wide trip late last month. He didn’t get much pace to run at that day, so the effort actually was a bit better than rated. #6 Zetterberg is dropping again and may have problems but he’s good enough to win if he’s got one more sharp effort inside him. #8 Indianski just missed in a four horse race and the number wasn’t great, but often gets a share and won’t have to improve all that much to be factor at 8-1 on the morning line. You may need more than just these three to feel safe. The 6th race is a grass grab bag down the hill and two I’ve zeroed in on are #4 Scibelli and #9 Sognatore. Scibelli is an 11 race maiden and difficult to trust, but his lone turf try – his most recent start – was solid and he sports a bullet just five days ago to have him on edge for his first start since mid November. Sognatore has improving speed figures for Frankel, retains Gomez, and with another forward move figures as the most logical winner. In fact, if you’re searching for a single, he’d be one you’d consider. The unbeaten and extremely fast #1 Rail Trip stretches out for the first time in the 7th race and from where he’s drawn you’d have to believe Valdivia will just send him out of there and put the gelding on the front end. The pedigree gives one some doubt that the son of Jump Start will be better routing than sprinting, and this main track has not been kind to contested route speed since the installation of the Pro Ride surface. Still, you have to use him, but perhaps not single him. Maybe the one to beat is #3 Limestone Edge, who returned off a layoff to run a solid third at the level and seem sure to benefit from the outing. He switches to Gomez, has worked very well of late, and should fold into an ideal pace stalking position. The 8th race is a 4-year-old only $12,500 sprint and it is extremely contentious. #5 Protectorofallevils has been stuck on thirds (five straight) but is a route to sprint play and should be within striking range throughout. #7 So Behold returns to his claim level, and a repeat of his race before last puts him in the fray at a nice price. And #14 Capi and Max has worked well for his first start in nearly a year, fits on numbers, and could fire a big shot fresh (although layoff runners aren’t a strength of this stable). This could carry over again until Saturday, so tread lightly.