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Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Friday, April 10 at Santa Anita
Today’s program looks pretty chalky. Field sizes tend to reduce towards the end of the meeting and we’re seeing some of that now as the season winds down. The 1st race should be won by either #1 Personality Kid or #5 Jayden’s Hope and we’ll use both in our rolling exotics. Personality Kid, second in his last pair with solid speed figures for the level, should enjoy a good ground-saving trip from the rail, retains Solis, and won’t have to improve much to finally earn his diploma. Jayden’s Hope closed a gap sprinting in his debut, stretches out for Mullins, and is raised to the M50,000 level, a sign of confidence from a barn that runs ‘em where they can win.
#1 Hoist the Sail is listed at 8/5 on the morning line in the 2nd race and in a field without any other zip should be capable of repeating on the one-level raise for new trainer Carava. The Mizzen Mast gelding lands the good rail and Bejarano should have him as the controlling speed without undue pressure. Looks like another short priced winner.
The 3rd race completes the early Pick-3 and if we’re correct in our selections the payoff might be one of the lowest of the season. #5 Fine Time to Leave missed by a nose in a similar spot just six days ago and is wheeled back quickly by Mitchell. The 3-year-old filly has the right style for this extended sprint trip, but the short rest obviously causes some concern. There’s not much wagering value here in any case.
The 4th race is another maiden claiming sprint and #7 No Prodigal, dropping in for a tag for the first time, should be a very short price to graduate. The In Excess gelding is simply faster than these on numbers and in a field without any effective late speed he should be able to stick it out at a short price.
We’ll double the 5th race, a mid-grade claiming turf router for fillies and mares. #1 Cyprus Lady lands the good rail and looks tough on the one level class jump following a Carava claim. Although she won her most recent outing in gate to wire fashion, the daughter of El Corredor doesn’t need the lead to win, so if #2 Dotsy Jean (exiting a sprint) wants the front end, Rosario can opt for a stalking trip. We’ll also use #5 Schill, a sprinter stretching out who has won two-turning in the past. She switches to Bejarano and figures to be the most dangerous of the closing types.
We have another maiden claimer to deal with in the 6th race and we’ll go three-deep in our rolling exotics using #2 I Swear, #5 Coracao Beijo, and #8 Foxy Approval. I Swear, a willing third in her debut vs. similar, should move forward with a race under her belt and has the closing style to enjoy this extended sprint trip. Rosario rides her back for Sadler. Coracao Beijo drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and this straight maiden to maiden-claiming class drop always is a powerful wagering angle. She’s a fit on speed figures and should be running on strongly late. Foxy Approval gets off the rail, exits a decent race against tougher foes, switches to Bejarano and is worth using in the exotics.
The 7th race is a first level allowance affair over a marathon trip and any one of three can win it. #2 Master Daniel missed as the favorite in a similar 10 furlong turf affair last month but strikes us as a colt that will enjoy the route and therefore is worth another look. #3 Isipingo is a hard knocking gelding who is winless over the course but is in good form and is another who’ll appreciate the 12 furlong distance. #6 Romp, third in a similar affair last month, isn’t keen on winning but won’t have to improve much with the switch to Bejarano.
The 8th race, yet another maiden claimer, should be won by either #5 Mort Robbins or #10 Kerzner and we’ll use them both in our rolling exotics and in an exacta box. Mort Robbins missed by a neck in a similar spot recently and switches to Talamo, who’ll have this Abrams-trained gelding running on strongly late. Kerzner should be forwardly placed in a race without much speed and is a solid threat in a below par field for the level.