Santa Anita News
Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Wednesday, Feb. 11
#5 Proud Garrison is 8/5 on the morning line in today’s first race and she may go lower. However, this appearance at the bottom level will be her fifth straight class drop, so Mullins, who seems to have been trying to lose her, may finally get his wish. Despite the fact that she’s coming off a win, the 4-year-old filly is scheduled to add blinkers. That’s too many question marks on a short priced favorite for me. The 2nd race is a strong first level allowance dash for 3-year-old fillies and #1 Music Magic and #2 Cosmic Queen should plenty of play, even though #3 Empressive Lady is listed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Music Magic has trained impressively for her local debut for new trainer Paddy Gallagher after arriving from the Midwest, where she won her debut at Keeneland in very smart fashion in her only start last October. She’s worked like she’s fit and ready and may be good enough to overcome the rail. Cosmic Queen clearly can run well fresh and looks like the quickest of the quick. If you’re playing any kind of rolling exotic, you have to include them both. We’ll use three horses in the 3rd race, a starter’s allowance affair down the hill. #4 Mossad earned a huge speed figure when graduating in his second career start and if he can duplicate that form on turf, he’ll be tough right back. #6 Miguel H won a sizzler in Phoenix against nobody; today we’ll find out what he’s made of. At 6-1, we’ll throw him in. #8 Vital Force has never had much success on turf, but he’s probably a better type now than he was last year, and he’s a fit on speed figures. He’ll be running on strongly late under new jockey Gomez. We’ll be somewhat interested to see how Mossad performs in the 3rd race because the horse he nosed out in his last outing – #4 Pacific Halo – surfaces in today’s 4th race. Pacific Halo looks like the controlling speed on paper and shouldn’t have any trouble handling the seven furlong trip. You should also consider the class dropping #6 Cajun Gent, who’ll be facing maiden claimers for the first time. The straight maiden to maiden claiming angle has produced many winners this meeting. The three main contenders in the 5th race are #4 Filter; #5 Suziqcutie; and #6 Warren’s Appeal. Filter stretches out again and should be on the lead; if not pressured she’ll take them a long way. Suziqcutie stretches out for the first time; her style says she’ll like the added ground, but her pedigree says sprint only. We’ll use her. Warren’s Appeal may prefer the turf but she’s 8-1 on the morning with Gomez and she should enjoy a good pace prompting trip. The Bruce Headley-trained #4 Soldier Betty would seem to be a logical rolling exotic single in the 6th race. In the money in three of her last four starts and with steadily improving numbers, the 4-year-old filly has little to beat and looks like a strong play at anything close to the 5/2 morning line odds. Older fillies and mares have a rare opportunity to compete at a marathon trip in the featured 7th race, and the German-bred #1 Caprice and #7 Brushed Gold should lay over the field. Caprice has won at this distance, has winning connections and should be producing a good late kick, while Brushed Gold finished a good second in a similar 12-furlong turf affair at Hollywood Park in November and has won off brief layoffs in the past. The 8th race looks like a match affair between the fast working #3 Sherry Jo and the class dropping #10 L’ Aziza. Sherry Jo has impressed the private clockers and if she leaves running from the rail, she’ll be in the battle throughout. L’Aziza is a first-time-in-a claimer play and actually has a win to her credit, but remains a maiden after being disqualified for a medication infraction from a race back in May of 2007.