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Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Friday, March 20 at Santa Anita
The Friday opener sees #4 Schill listed as the 8/5 morning line favorite, but we’ll try to beat her using #3 Quite a Stormkat and #5 Mini Do. The former moves up two levels in class following a sharp, highly-rated score and a similar try today makes her a bold threat right back. The latter returns to her claim level and can act at any surface. She’ll take them as far as she can on the front end.
The 2nd race looks like an ideal spot for #4 Flashover in her first try on turf (she’s bred for it). The Abrams-trained filly doesn’t have much to beat and should be able to produce the last run at a relatively short price.
The 3rd race is a modest maiden claimer and we’ll use #1 Renzo Sean and #5 Morton Owen in an exacta box and in our rolling exotics. Renzo Sean stretches out for the first time, lands the rail and should enjoy the extra distance. He’s improving with racing and with another forward move today figures tough to beat. Morton Owen retains Bejarano while dropping a notch and should be effective in this league.
We’ll double the 4th race, another maiden claimer, using #7 Six Pack Man and #8 Lucius Antonius. Six Pack Man has been beaten twice in succession as the favorite but his numbers are rising and we’ll give him one more chance. Lucious Antonius plummets in class and should be effective at this bottom rung level.
The John Sadler-trained #6 Union Scale seems like a good single in the 5th race. Once a very expensive two-year-old in training purchase, the Richter Scale gelding resides in the low level claiming ranks now but showed a real spark in his last race when beaten in a photo in a strong race for the level. A similar effort today should be good enough to carry him all the way to the wire.
#6 Sangaree came off a long layoff to run very gamely in a straight maiden sprint last month and if he can carry his speed two turns, he’ll be tough to deny in today’s 6th race. The pedigree suggests he’ll enjoy this two-turn trip and Espinoza should have him forwardly placed throughout.
The 7th race is a wide open downhill turf dash and if you’re playing a rolling exotic, the best advice is to use as many as you can afford to. Our top three include #4 Dona Amelia (won at this level two races back); #7 Pat the Cool Cat (up a notch following a sharp win vs. softer) and #10 Justice is Brief (a route to sprint play and a class dropper although 0-for-12 on this turf course).
The nightcap is another open affair and we’ll try to get through it using #4 Razor Cut; #9 Magna Cum Laude; and #10 Noble Courage. Razor Cut has improving form, switches to Bejarano and looks dangerous from off the pace; Magna Cum Laude fits strongly on numbers and looks tough while dropping another notch in class; while #10 Noble Courage should go much better in this much softer spot and figures on or near the lead throughout.