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Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Thursday, April 2 at Santa Anita
The baby race looks fairly competitive and a number of these have shown some keen ability in the morning. #4 Happy Hedger has been burning up the track with a series of extremely quick drills and should come out smoking. #6 Coo Cachoo acts like he’s got plenty of zip and trainer Blake Heap, an assistant to Wesley Ward, knows how to crank ‘em up. #11 County Madam is bred to be a rocket ship (Gibson County) and is another whose a.m. drills indicate extreme speed. If you’re playing any rolling exotics, these are the three you should use.
#3 Street Car should be a very short price to graduate in the 2nd race and probably deserves to be a rolling exotic single. If you’re playing the exacta, consider using #2 Candy for Paseana, who has trained like a route type and seems sure to improve a bunch in his second career start after an educational run sprinting last month. Bejarano rides him back for McAnally, whose maidens usually step forward in their second outing.
The 3rd race seems like an open affair and we could see any one of three winning. #1 Draft Choice isn’t one to trust, but he’s a route to sprint play and should go better at this trip. He figures to at least participate in the exacta or trifecta. #4 Buck’s Bro returns to the main track and is a solid fit on speed figures. He won’t have to improve much to win. #5 River Echo should be a late threat and is another who can win with anything close to his best race.
The 4th race is a modest maiden claimer and we’ll use three in our rolling exotics. #1 Kind Lady failed at 4/5 last time out in a similar spot but Talamo stays aboard and she represents dangerous inside speed. If not pressured early, she could get very brave. #2 Ellie L. improved considerably when rallying to be second vs. similar last month and with another forward move today could be hard to contain. #7 More Than Music continues to train like a decent type and has the pedigree to enjoy this two-turn trip. Gomez rides her back for Walsh and she’s clearly the one to beat.
#9 Rare Nugget likely will be odds-on or close to it in the 5th race. However, the Mitchell-trained mare has failed twice as the choice in her last two outings (most recently at 4/5) and takes a big class drop to the bottom level. We’ve seen better favorites, but she certainly should win. #2 Ann’s Plan must leave from the rail but she always tries hard and should at least out finish the others.
The 6th race is a typical down-the-hill grass grab bag and we’ll try to survive using #4 Jen’s New Chapter and #7 Squeeze Me Tight. The former ran well over this course earlier this meeting and after a bit of a freshener should fire her best shot. The latter drops to her lowest level ever for good trainer Ellis and beats these with anything close to her best effort.
Trainer Julio Canani may have a real nice import in #1 Anabaa’s Creation, who makes her U.S. debut (and her first start on anything but turf) in the 7th race. She’s trained like she’s fit and ready and she was group-stakes placed in France, so she looks very dangerous in this conditioned allowance main track miler. #3 Spinning Yarns should establish the running and will take them as far as she can. A repeat of her race before last makes her a solid contender. #7 Raiding Party is lightly-raced and improving and should be within striking range throughout. We’ll use all three in our rolling exotics.
The 8th race is a maiden claiming sprint with two main contenders. #7 One Vote, in the money in his last five starts, is overdue for a win and with solid numbers for the level should be in the battle once again. #8 Dana Dynamo exits a productive heat, gets off the rail, switches to Solis and has the perfect style for this extended sprint distance. Today should be his day.