Santa Anita News
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Wednesday, Feb. 4
Today’s 1st race would appear to boil down to #3 Dadsalittleunusual and #6 Frankelstein. The former won for a higher claiming price recently but Mitchell can win on the drop and this gelding sports a bullet work since his last race. The latter also won his last start and has been working steadily for Jones for his first start since mid December. He should enjoy an ideal pace prompting trip. We’ll go with the inside two fillies in the 2nd race, #1 April Pride and #2 Vikkilee. April Pride was a solid runner up in the Blue Norther Stakes in late December, has trained in very sharp fashion since, and lands the good rail while returning to the first level allowance ranks. She is strictly the one to beat. Vikkilee has improving numbers and proven winning form around two turns, but this will be her first try on grass. If she likes it, she’ll be right there. The 3rd race kicks off the Pick-6 but offers little value. #14 L’ Aziza has the all important drop from straight maiden to maiden claiming but she’s stuck way outside at this abbreviated sprint distance and will have to be sent hard from the gate to avoid losing too much ground. She could be quick enough to do it, but she’s also 2-1 on the morning line and doesn’t represent much wagering value. #5 Xtraordinary has had 11 chances but she, too, is trying maiden claimers for the first time and seems sure to improve a bunch. She’s also a route to sprint play. By all rights #9 Brought It should have been unsaddled in her most recent race. She left in the air to be all but eliminated and then made an extended rally to loom a bold threat in deep stretch before being outfinished. It was a physically taxing effort and she’s coming back a little too quick for our liking for new trainer Cardenas and that, coupled with the mandatory class hike, could make her vulnerable. If you’re playing rolling exotics I suppose you have to use her, but I’d also throw in #4 Shebang, who has winning connections and a prior victory over this track. There’s no reason to think #7 Flip the Penny can’t win again in today’s 5th race. In fact, he’s won three of his last four and Spawr’s doing the right thing by keeping him at this $10,000 level. His races are being spaced properly and a nice easy recent work should have him on edge. In the 6th race, #6 My Maloof Rocker figures to receive the patient ride she needs, not the pace pressing trip she got last time. Fortunately for her, there’s enough heat in here to allow Talamo to easily take her back and produce the last run. A nice middle priced horse to throw in is #2 Dizzy Up the Girl, who is stretching out and trying turf for the first time while landing a good inside draw for Hollendorfer. If she doesn’t get rank and resent rating tactics, she’ll be dangerous. The 7th looks tough on paper, but two that you should use in your rolling exotics are #7 Modification and #5 Divine Legacy. Modification exits a live sprint and is better than her only two turn race would appear on paper (it was on turf as well). Bejarano rides her back and should be able to get her to switch off early. Divine Legacy comes off a useful win and probably won’t have to improve much to be a factor right back despite the raise in class. #2 Laser Point and #4 Asti, two-three finishers in a common race Jan. 10 (a strong heat for the level), meet again in the 9th race and both should fire big shots. You might also toss in #9 One Vote, freshened and being re-equipped with blinkers while retaining Bejarano, in your rolling exotics. Good luck!