Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sunday, March 3, 2013)

A challenging Sunday program begins with a challenging entry-level allowance affair at nine furlongs on turf. Alley Hondro draws a much better post in his second off a claim for Ellis and retains Talamo. He’s never been all that successful over this turf course but in this league he’s good enough to pose a serious threat with his best effort. Unusual Jazz is our top pick and one to beat. A repeat of his race before would be good enough. Both should be included in rolling exotic play.

In the second race, Streets of Heaven, first off the claim for Ted West, beat a softer field in convincing fashion last month and has the perfect style for this extended sprint distance. He’s an old pro who loves to win races and in his present form looks quite capable of scoring again. We’ll make him a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Devious Chic drops into a high priced maiden claimer in today’s third race and should stick much better. Baze stays aboard for Mulhall and the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday continues to look good in the morning. Unbridled Wee chased tougher in her only outing earlier this meeting and returns in a realistic spot for Eurton. She, too, has been sharp in her recent workouts. Both should be included in rolling exotic play; we’ll give a slight edge to Unbridled Wee on top.

Diamondsdiplomat does his best running on the front end and looks very much like the controlling speed once again in the fourth race. This is a race he can control from start to finish; we’ll make him a straight play and rolling exotic single.

There isn’t much to trust in the fifth race, a bottom rung claimer; we suggest you tread lightly. Quick Wampum drops again in class and must have problems, though a repeat of his race before last probably would beat this field. The same probably can be said for Arinyes Love; he’s another dropping to the basement off a disappointing try. You can use these two in your rolling exotics or simply pass the race.

The sixth race grass grab bag requires a spread; use as many as you can afford to. Lucky Cotton has shown some ability in the morning for Machowsky and lands Talamo. He looks plenty fit and should act with these. Unusual Love is a route to sprint play with improving numbers and a decent recent work. Bejarano should have him rolling late. Thunder Cole is a first timer by Unusual Heat and is worth tossing in, though the barn hardly ever wins with debut runners. It’s that kind of race. Shining Son has done enough in the morning for O’Neill to indicate ability and there’s no reason he won’t take to the lawn based on pedigree. We’ll hope to get by using these four; slight preference goes to Shining Son.

Field Report has burned money in each of his last three starts and is tough to trust, for sure, but he’s a fit on figures in the seventh race and should at least get a share. We’ll use him, but prefer Prime Number, a blow out maiden claiming winner for Sadler last time out with a sharp figure. He’s worked well since and likely has another forward move in him.

Ivanhoe improved a ton in his first start for Mitchell and he probably has another forward move or two in him. Leparoux will have him flying late in today’s eighth race. Dreamcatcher retains Talamo and should be in the thick of things as usual. Fire With Fire gets the worst of the draw and he’s never been all that genuine but he’s a fit in this league and switches to Gomez, so improvement is likely. Let’s give the edge to Ivanhoe while using all three in our rolling exotics.

In the finale, Sports Report is a class dropper in a very weak maiden claimer and may have found his friends today. He continues to train like a colt with some talent and could get very brave in this league. With the switch to Maldonado, we’ll make him a straight play and rolling exotic single.