Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Fri., April 12, 2013)

Moreno’s Mine adds blinkers in his first start since being claimed by West and in his second start off a layoff the son of Mineshaft figures to move forward in the Friday opener. He switches to Baze and clearly looks best of the known element. Instinctively Bold is an intriguing first timer worth using in your rolling exotics. He’s shown some talent in the morning, lands a comfortable outside post, and looks live for a clever outfit.

Shades of Sugar has trained well enough to win today’s second race at first asking against a moderate maiden claiming field for sophomore fillies. Let’s make her a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Big Note is improving for Mitchell and with another forward move in today’s third race should be right there. He switches to Gomez and probably will be held up a little today. Guest Star, freshened since mid-February, has trained well in the interim for Shirreffs and should be on or near the lead throughout. Both should be included in rolling exotic play; we’ll give a slight nod to Guest Star on top.

Ondine probably was best when beaten last time out and gets an easy spot to make amends in the fourth race. She looks very much like a short priced rolling exotic single.

In the fifth race, Mind the Master tries a slight drop in class and stick better in this league. He’ll be part of the pace throughout and could be hard to down. His Royal Highness stretches out and moves up a notch following a Kitchingman claim. If he can project his sprint form around two turns on turf he’ll be right there as well. Both should be used in rolling exotic play with slight preference going to Mind the Master.

Laugh At Life has much in his favor in the sixth race while shortening up and dropping for the money run. He goes from inside to the outside and should enjoy a soft pace prompting trip. Let’s make him a straight play and rolling exotic single.

In the featured seventh race My Philly Girl earned a sharp number in her recent game score and looks dangerous right back for Machowsky. She has the right pace stalking style for this extended sprint trip. Conkate crushed a softer field with a big number recently, has trained well since for O’Neil, and is the one to beat right back. We’ll give her a very slight edge but use both in our rolling exotics.

The finale is a fairly competitive high priced maiden claiming turf sprint and probably requires a spread. We’ll go three deep and hope that’s enough. Devious Chic strikes us as a progressive sort and rates top billing despite the rail. She exits a better race, has trained well since, and should be on or near the lead throughout. Lucky Student is improving for Truman and should produce another forward move in her third start off a layoff. She gets a major rider switch to Baze. Don’t Lose Faith continues to work well for Miller after a troubled debut and very likely is better than shown.