TODAY’S BEST (Jan. 20, 2011, Santa Anita)

THIRD RACE - #6 WARREN’S GOT GAME This is a below average first level allowance router for state bred fillies and mares and seems like an ideal spot for Warren’s Got Game to regain her winning form. With a couple of good recent workouts following her even effort vs. similar on turf late last month, she returns to the main track for her first crack at dirt racing and is reunited with P. Val, who got plenty of run out of her when she was second (beaten a head) in a similar spot at Del Mar. She should show improved tactical speed today and figures to be within striking range throughout. Good enough to beat this field with her best effort, the Gutierrez-trained daughter of Ancient Art offers solid value at 3-1 on the morning line both in the straight pools and the rolling exotics.

SIXTH RACE - # 4 COOKIE’S FROM TONY
This Jeff Mullins-trained gelding has two sprint preps under his belt and seems primed to stretch out and win from a modest maiden claiming band of sophomores. The Exchange Rate gelding improved dramatically in his second career start in a fairly strong race for the level, has come back to work extremely well since, retains Talamo, and should be on or near the lead throughout. In a field lacking in effective closers and at 3-1 on the morning line, Cookie’s From Tony seems like a logical rolling exotic single and an enticing straight play as well.