Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Monday, December 27, 2010

TODAY’S BEST (Dec. 27, 2010, Santa Anita)

1st Race - #2 UNCLE SAM

This juvenile son of Tapit (from a mare by Pleasant Colony) is bred to run long on the lawn and gets his chance right off the bat in what appears to be a slightly below par race for the level. A series of sharp and impressive workouts should have him ready to pop at first asking and at 7/2 on the morning line the Baffert-trained maiden seems to offer pretty good value. The known element doesn’t really inspire, although the Churchill Downs invader, #8 Fusa Code, has some ability and with two mile races already under his belt he has the benefit of condition and some experience. He’s worth using in the exotics, but Uncle Sam is strictly the one to beat.

3rd Race - #1 BIG REVOLUTION
This Peter Miller-trained gelding drops into a restricted $12,500 claimer and seems well placed to regain his winning ways. His numbers are improving; he’s exiting a much stronger starter’s allowance affair and should be comfortably placed in the first flight in a race without a whole lot of early zip. Bug boy Gonzalez has worked him in the morning, so he knows him. #4 Three Pointer appears the one to fear most; he’s re-equipped with blinkers and is taking a realistic class drop after a bit of a disappointing run across town. The Glatt-trained gelding is another who’ll likely enjoy a soft pace scenario and is worth using as an exacta partner with our top pick.