Santa Anita News
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Sunday, Feb. 1
Happy Super Bowl day! Go Steelers! Does John Henry Johnson still play for them? Don’t forget early first post today, 11 a.m., and if you’d attending the races, come out early and say hello; I’ll be on the Fans’ Forum beginning at 9:45 a.m. We’ll start our action in the 4th race. #2 Icemancometh returns to turf and exits a graded stakes. He’s drawn comfortably inside while dropping into a starter’s handicap and in a field without an undue amount of speed, looks quite capable of controlling this race from gate to wire. #6 Turk is listed as the 8/5 favorite in the 5th race and could go lower. The Baffert-trained colt has lost both of his starts to date by a nose but if he can project his sprint form around two turns, he’ll have little difficulty graduating today. #3 Oscar Bound continues to train in good style for Koriner and draws a much better post today while trying the main track for the first time. He seems like a logical exacta partner with the favorite. #1 New Fandan arrives fit and ready for his California debut in the 6th race after making his U.S. debut in Florida last month. Beaten a head while more than five lengths clear of the third horse, the Brazilian-bred veteran gets the rail and Bejarano and will be tough if jet lag doesn’t get to him. #8 Chanjo has a solid effort over the course in his first start for Armstrong and if he can turn in two alike he’ll be prominent throughout. #1 Natural Talent keeps firing bullets and rates another big look in the 7th race despite the rail. He’s a route to sprint play and should enjoy this extended sprint trip. #10 Bewitching Bartok returns to his winning level, has a good stalking style for this trip and is the one to fear most. #12 Miss Silver Brook could not have been more visually impressive than she was breaking her maiden and although the number wasn’t great, she seems capable of so much more. She’s going from a maiden race to a stakes in today's 8th race, but Canani doesn’t usually pitch them too high, and we suspect he firmly believes she’ll be up to the task. She’s by Cozzene and therefore bred to love the lawn. Look for her to roll on by in the final furlong. We’ll try the inside three runners in the nightcap. #1 Senor Afortunado has improving numbers and a good closing style for this extended sprint trip. If he can avoid trouble from the rail, he’ll be right there. #2 No Thinkin Allowed also fits on figures and should be dangerous from off the pace. And #3 Fractious Child chased much tougher straight maidens in his debut and has worked nicely since. He’ll find this bottom rung maiden claiming field much more to his liking.