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Jeff Siegel's Prime Plays for Sunday, April 5 at Santa Anita
We’re going to pick our spots today, sitting out a few races while trying to focus on those events with the best value. In the 2nd race, a downhill turf sprint, we’ll zero in on the two Mitchell-trained runners, #1 Stretchinthelimits and #2 Bagels N Bones in an exacta box. Stretchinthelimits has winning connections, consistent recent speed figures and a pedigree that should allow her to handle the lawn. We’re not crazy about the rail post coming down the hill, but there doesn’t seem to be too much zip in here and she should be able to secure good early position. Bagels N Bones won in decent style in her debut with a nice figure, has worked well since, and won’t have to improve much at all to score right back.
We’ll double the 3rd race, using #9 Leavin in a Limo and #11 Bostoner. Leavin in a Limo didn’t have the best of runs when third as the favorite vs. similar last month and with clear sailing today should be dangerous from off the pace. Bostoner drops into a claimer for the first time and will be tough to beat with anything close to his best effort.
Jumping ahead to the 5th race, a bottom rung claimer, we’ll use #8 Greedy Way and #9 Flip the Penny in an exacta box and both should be used in any rolling exotics you’re planning to play. Greedy Way removes blinkers, switches to Bejarano and exits a solid race for the level. He’s had a month off now and should come back firing. Flip the Penny has his issues but always tries hard and got a confidence building win up north that didn’t require much effort. He has proven winning form over the Pro-Ride surface and should be in the fray throughout.
We’ll pass the 6th race and concentrate on the late Pick-3. In the 7th race, #3 Yankee Visionary, #6 Bad Big Al and #10 High Intellect are the main contenders and all our decent prices on the morning line. Yankee Visionary moves up a notch after a recent comeback win, retains Gomez, and should enjoy this extended sprint trip. Bad Big Al, like ‘Visionary trained by O’Neill, is a class dropper with a big look in this league. He, too, likes to settle early and close late and he’s reunited with Mike Baze, who won on him two races back. High Intellect, first off the claim for Carava, should be forwardly placed throughout and his speed figures continue to rise.
Today’s feature race, the Las Flores Handicap, brings out #1 High Resolve, who when last seen was winning the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park in January. She’ll be quick enough to make the rail a non-issue and Baze comes down to ride her for Gilchrist. Both #2 Sweet August Moon and #5 Foxy Danseur are strong late-running sprinters, and if ‘Resolve gets hooked up in a speed jam with #7 Starry Pursuit, the closers might have an edge. You can triple this race if you’d like or single High Resolve if you’re playing a smaller ticket.
The 9th race is a maiden claimer that should be won by either #10 Cole’s Favorite or #14 My T Quick. Cole’s Favorite has a look in a weak field based on his race-before last while My T Quick, a willing runner up in his debut last month, retains Gomez, and is the likely choice and one to beat.