Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Friday, January 12, 2024

Jeff Siegel’s 1/ST Glance: Santa Anita – Friday, January 12, 2024

FIRST RACE – Post: 12:30 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• First time in a claimer and may have found her friends.
• Style suits this extended turf sprint trip, no excuses today.
• Speed figures make her a fit, should fire a big shot fresh.

Others to consider: 5-Red Diamond: 3-Aventapp.


SECOND RACE – Post: 1:00 PT

Degree of confidence: C

• One paced grinder showed spark of life in last start.
• Has speed figures that fit and room for improvement.
• Little to beat but will not offer much wagering value.

Others to consider: 3-I Got a Guy.


THIRD RACE – Post: 1:30 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Was off slowly in Los Alamitos debut in a hot maiden dash.
• Stayed on willingly through the lane, seems sure to improve.
• With Singletary the sire of his dam, he should like the turf.

Others to consider: 6-Bronko Nagurski; 7-More Try.


FOURTH RACE – Post: 2:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B+

• Well-liked by trainers; has been claimed in four straight races.
• Rested since October, protected today in a sign of confidence.
• Second in both starts over the SA dirt track, retains Hernandez.

Others to consider: none.


FIFTH RACE – Post: 2:30 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Shows the route-to-sprint angle, adds Lasix, favorable pace flow.
• Numbers are rising rapidly with each start, retains Joel Rosario.
• Possibly the controlling speed but can stalk and pounce if needed.

Others to consider: 6-Sharpazano; 9-Bowtie Boys.


SIXTH RACE – Post: 3:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Missed by a head in a similar spot at Los Alamitos, tough beat.
• Cozy outside post, has a good stalking style, no excuses today.
• Adds Lasix (they all do), average numbers but the field in weak.

Others to consider: none.


SEVENTH RACE – Post: 3:30 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Lovely inside draw ensures an ideal ground-saving journey.
• Good, consistent form in last three starts, sharp numbers.
• Clever score over this course and distance in the fall season.

Others to consider: 5-Katerini; 7-In Your Face.


EIGHTH RACE – Post: 4:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Seeks third straight win but switches from turf to the main track.
• Performed well over conventional dirt in two outings up north.
• Likes to settle and produce a run, retains win rider Flavian Prat.

Others to consider: 2-Rodrigoknows; 4-Speed Grazy.


NINTH RACE – Post: 4:30 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• Aways for 16 months but the work tab indicates he is fit.
• Returns in a logical spot, a high-priced maiden claimer.
• Barn has powerful stats with layoffs, lands leading rider.

Others to consider: 5-Adventuresome.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Friday, January 12, 2024

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