Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Sunday, January 7, 2024

January 7, 2024

FIRST RACE – Post: 12:00 PT

Degree of confidence: C

• Distinct advantage on speed figures; drops for the money run.
• Not particularly dependable and is a one-paced grinding type.
• Ran well when second under A. Freu two races back at Del Mar.

Others to consider: 6-Tokamak; 5-Tiz Tok.


SECOND RACE – Post: 12:30 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• Winless in North America but exits a series of tough races.
• Switches to Frankie, nicely drawn inside, likely a pace factor.
• One of two Powell entrants; Kleen Karma has a shot, too.

Others to consider: 3-Kleen Karma; 5-Hennys Crazy Train.


THIRD RACE – Post: 1:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Convincing state-bred win at Los Alamitos, fastest of figs.
• Lovely outside draw, can stalk and pounce or pop and go.
• Two nice breezes since raced including a bullet blowout.

Others to consider: 3-Mischiefs Causeway; 4-Catmansue.


FOURTH RACE – Post: 1:30 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• Remains above his claim level and picks up Flavian Prat.
• Two time winner over the local lawn, good stalking style.
• Career top speed figure in last, healthy pattern since.

Others to consider: 1-Goliad.


FIFTH RACE – Post: 2:00 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Lightly raced, improving with each start, and is fast on figures.
• Second in both prior starts over local main track in hot races.
• Trainer-jockey combo (Baffert/Hernandez) has a high win rate.

Others to consider: 1-Desmond Doss.


SIXTH RACE – Post: 2:34 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• Strong runner-up in debut at Del Mar on turf; switches to dirt.
• Retains Juan Hernandez; adds Lasix, has a right to step forward.
• Earned a respectable speed figure and is a likely a pace presser.

Others to consider: 4-Petesoldfashioned; 9-J Dutton.


SEVENTH RACE – Post: 3:07 PT

Degree of confidence: B-

• One-paced grinder lacks a turn of foot but always tries hard.
• In the frame in last four, project to be prominent throughout.
• Favorable pace flow, should have dead aim and every chance.

Others to consider: 4-St Ignacio.


EIGHTH RACE – Post: 3:40 PT

Degree of confidence: A-

• Easy debut winner at Del Mar while earning a smart figure.
• Plenty of time between starts, should fire another big shot.
• Rail post should not be a problem; extra distance a plus.

Others to consider: 2-Tambo.


NINTH RACE – Post: 4:13 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• Known element is not inspiring; Irish import should fit nicely.
• Barn always does well with Euro invades; Flavian Prat is a plus.
• Was a 10 race maiden overseas but Timeform ratings are okay.

Others to consider: 8-Khantaro d’Oro; 6-Devilish Desire; 2-Captain Choochkies.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know” for Santa Anita – Sunday, January 7, 2024

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