Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Saturday, December 30, 20232

FIRST RACE – Post: 12:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Lightly raced, improving, and has the route-to-sprint angle.
• Continues to impress in the AM and can step forward again.
• Versatile sort can win on the lead or from a stalking position.

Others to consider: 1-Lucky Score; 7-Lovesick Blues; 10-Turn On The Jets.

SECOND RACE – Post: 12:29 PT

Degree of confidence: C

• Plummets in class and appears to have found his friends.
• Strong effort two runs back over the Santa Anita main track.
• Been vulnerable in the lane but field lacks a decent closer.

Others to consider: 2-King Zog; 6-The Giants Candy

THIRD RACE – Post 12:59 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Solid form over a mile; style suits this nine furlong distance.
• Fresh from career top effort and has room to improve again.
• Perfect (1-for-1) over local lawn and likes to win races.

Others to consider: 1-Lakota Spirit.

FOURTH RACE – Post 1:29 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• Freshened since August and benefits from a realistic class drop.
• Has a prior win over the local main track and an edge on figures.
• Always a willing worker and has looked sharp in recent breezes.

Others to consider: 2-Big Buzz.

FIFTH RACE – Post: 1:59 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• Produced a forward move when a solid runner-up at this trip.
• Improved her speed figure by 18 points, should be fitter today.
• Speed rider Maldonado likely to employ gate to wire tactics.

Others to consider: 6-O K Rose; 1-Quick Kate.

SIXTH RACE – Post: 2:29 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• First time in a claimer after finishing unplaced in last five starts.
• Returns to dirt and shows a debut maiden win over local track.
• Not much speed signed on; would like to see aggressive tactics.

Others to consider: 3-Hondo Crouch.

SEVENTH RACE – Post: 2:59 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• Displayed early speed in debut when facing tougher foes.
• Barn has solid stats with the second time starter angle.
• Class drop to the bottom level, two breezes since raced.

Others to consider: 4-Smiling Jojo; 11-Sunset Storm.

EIGHTH RACE: Post: 3:29 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• Good runner-up facing similar foes at Del Mar last time out.
• Healthy recent work pattern points to another forward move.
• A bit one paced but can grind out a win in soft Cal-bred affair.

Others to consider: 8-Be Punctual; 2-Antibes; 5-Ghostly Act

NINTH RACE – Post 3:59 PT

Grade: C+

• Good, consistent form over the Santa Anita main track.,
• Lacks tactical speed but can turn it on through the lane.
• Compromised by the rail in last start, better post today.

Others to consider: 6-Buck Owens; 11-Magnificent Ride; 12-Lansdowne; 2-Elvado.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Saturday, December 30, 20232

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