Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know – Santa Anita – Friday, December 29, 2023


FIRST RACE – Post: 12:30 PT

Degree of confidence: C

• Wide open grass grab bag requires rolling exotic spread.
• Badly victimized in last by poor draw and very wide trip.
• Career top speed figure in only outing over the local lawn.

Others to consider: Caribbean King; 3-Smooth Salute; 5-Quintecents.


SECOND RACE – Post: 12:59 PT

Degree of confidence: C

• Returns off a two month freshening as a first time gelding.
• Likely to enjoy soft pace pressing trip in a field lacking zip.
• Competitive speed figures makes him a threat in open fray.

Others to consider: 5-Stan from Malibu; 3-Soul of Midnight.


THIRD RACE – Post: 1:29 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Rising speed figures in every start; exits a hot race for the level.
• Favorable inside draw in a race with a 30 foot auxiliary rail.
• Retains Flavian Prat; likely to inherit an ideal pace stalking trip.

Others to consider: 6-Man O Rose.


FOURTH RACE – Post: 1:59 PT

Degree of confidence: C+

• A perfect three-for-three over the Santa Anita main track.
• Back with “win rider” Ricky Gonzalez and tries a class drop.
• No a quick type but can turn it on late at this extended trip.

Others to consider: 6-Dancing Dana; 5-Irish Wahine.


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FIFTH RACE – Post: 2:29 PT

Degree of confidence: B

• Del Mar debut winner sprinting on turf with a massive late kick.
• Galloped out strongly, pedigree suggests she will love the trip.
• Barn has big stats with the sprint-to-route, won-last-start angle.

Others to consider: 5-Highlands; 6-Zona Verde; 8-Mo Fox Given.


SIXTH RACE – Post: 2:59 PT

Degree of confidence: B+

• Classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch-out angle following big figure win.
• Wisely scratched from Malibu Stakes in lieu of this more logical spot.
• Sharp recent breeze (slightly best) with La Brea runner-up Big Pond.

Others to consider: 5-Americaredwhiteblu.


SEVENTH RACE – Post: 3:29 PT

Degree of confidence: B+

• Ran into a costly roadblock when fourth as the choice at Del Mar.
• Tons best over this course and distance in turf stakes two runs back.
• Nicely drawn and likely to enjoy a cozy second flight trip with cover.

Others to consider: 9-Stay Hot.


EIGHTH RACE – Post: 3:59 PT

10-MS BO J
Degree of confidence: B-

• Brought $350,00 at OBS March after impressive :10 flat preview.
• Bred for intense speed: by Mitole from a half-sister to The Factor.
• Displayed plenty of gate zip but how far will she be able to carry it?

Others to consider: 5-She’z the Law; 8-Coastal Cowgirl.


NINTH RACE – Post: 4:29 PT

Grade: B+

• Justify colt is improving with racing and seems ready to graduate.
• Pressed hot pace, gained control but was worn down late, good try.
• Very nice half mile breeze since raced, can be the controlling speed.

Others to consider: None.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: “What You Need to Know – Santa Anita – Friday, December 29, 2023

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