Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sat., March 16, 2013

Memo to Kathy hits hard in these low level claiming sprints for fillies and mares and her late-running style always is effective at this extended sprint trip. The Spawr-trained mare retains Delgadillo in today’s opener while looking for her third straight score. The one to beat again is Rossi Reserve, beaten a head by ‘Kathy earlier this month. She has an edge in the tactical speed department and in a field without much zip she could take full advantage of a very favorable pace scenario. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics while preferring Rossi Reserve on top.

Double Ante missed by a diminishing head in a similar entry-level allowance affair last month and if she can turn in two alike she’ll probably win the second race. She’s back with Espinoza, who has won with her in the past, and has a recent bullet workout to indicate she’s sharp and primed. Let’s use her as a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Illicit Affair is a first timer from the Baffert barn and has shown enough in the morning to warrant inclusion in the third race, an unclassified field for maiden 3-year-old fillies. However, Zia Zia Zia deserves top billing due to the experience factor. She’s improving with racing, earned a solid number when missing by a head in her last outing in late January and looks tough to deny despite the fact that she shows no works or races in the month of February. Both should be included in rolling exotic play.

The fourth race is a typical downhill grass grab bag and may require a spread. We’ll try to get by using just two. Use as many as you can afford two. Don’t Lose Faith is a first timer from Miller’s barn, and this stable excels with debut runners. Toss her in. Joeandbetty’sbaby chased tougher down the hill recently when third in a strong race and should very much appreciate this return to the high priced maiden claiming ranks. We’ll put her on top while going three deep in our rolling exotic play.

Eula B is steadily improving and with another forward move in today’s fifth race should be hard to beat. The pace scenario doesn’t look all that intense and that should allow this Cecil-trained mare to settle into an ideal prompting position. Let’s make her a straight play and rolling exotic single.

In the sixth race, Lanida drops two notches for the money run and retains Baze. The Mullins-trained mare has the ideal pattern for a route-to-sprint play and has won down the hill in the past. Promiscuossuances looks like the controlling speed and if she can shake loose early without pressure she may never look back. Both should be included in rolling exotic play; we’ll have a few extra tickets with Promiscuoussuances on top.

Joyful Victory is back in winning form and ran well over this main track last year when a solid second in the Zenyatta Stakes during the autumn meeting. She has a great pace stalking style for this edition of the Santa Margarita and she’s fast on numbers. Let’s make her a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Interaction was victimized by a lack of pace and fell short of catching “lone f” tripper Slim Shadey in the San Marcos last time out. The McAnally-trained import switches to Blanc today and should appreciate the step up to a mile and one half in the San Luis Rey. We’re expecting him to be along in time as a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Warren’s Flasher has little to beat in the nightcap, a soft maiden claiming extended sprint, and if his improvement continues he’ll very likely earn his diploma today. Maldonado rides him back and should have him within striking distance throughout. In a race that clearly lacks depth, he’ll probably be too short to play in the straight pool so we’ll just make him a rolling exotic single.