Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Fri., Feb. 8, 2013)

The Friday card may be short on quality but there are plenty of attractive opportunities in rolling exotic play.

Pastoria makes her third start off a layoff in the opener and it should be her best. The Jones-trained filly had a sharp easy drill last week to indicate she’s moving forward and Talamo rides her back. We like her on top but will also include in our rolling exotics Spacecoast, in the money in her last four starts and landing the cozy outside post with Bejarano.

Circular Logic chased a tougher straight maiden field in her debut and is realistically placed in the second race, high priced maiden claimer, while retaining Baze. Mitchell is strong with second time starters and this daughter of Street Boss looked sharp in an easy five furlong drill since her debut. She should move forward in a big way today, so we’ll make her a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Four Better stretches out in the third race and should improve a bunch while drawing the good rail post and switching to Bejarano. She seems better than her morning line odds of 6-1 give her credit for. Blushing Martha tries two turns for the first time and has the style to like the added ground. Baze will have her within range throughout. Funny Bells is dropping and dangerous for Hollendorfer while stretching out and retaining Leparoux. She won two-turning in Florida and has back numbers that make her the one to beat. Let’s use all three in our rolling exotics and then press a bit with Funny Belle on top.

Bet on Victor drops to the bottom in the fourth race and may have found his friends. Maldonado stays aboard for Glatt and the veteran gelding always has been partial to this track. He should fire a big shot today. Streets of Heaven plummets in class for Baltas and will be tough to beat if he has one good one left. He’s reunited with Bejarano and should be able to produce the last run. We’ll include both in our rolling exotics while preferring Streets of Heaven slightly on top.

Senor Rain, first off the claim for Hollendofer, has looked good in the morning since changing barns and retains Talamo in today’s fifth race. At 8/5 on the morning line he offers little in the way of value in the straight pool but seems like a logical rolling exotic single.

Catienus Gold takes a two level class drop in the sixth race for the money run and seems perfectly placed to regain her winning form. The Bonde-trained filly retains Maldonado, had a sharp recent half mile drill, and should be on or near the lead throughout. Mary Contrary, in the money in her last pair, is back with Blanc, who has won with her in the past, and seems very likely to at least hit the board. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; preference goes to Catienus Gold.

Hail Mary looked quite good breaking her maiden at first asking and seems capable of scoring right back on the raise in the featured seventh race. Talamo rides her back for Mitchell. Swiss Bliss likes this track and hits hard at the level; she can at least get a piece of it. Funny Gal has won half of her four starts and should be doing her best work late. We’ll go three deep in our rolling exotics and then press in the straight pool with Hail Mary on top.

Ruled by Kisses, first off the claim for Hollendorfer, has finished in the frame in both of her career starts and has plenty of improving to do for her new connections. Bejarano takes over and should have this Tribal Rule gelding along in time in the nightcap. Goodbye Charlie is worth tossing in as well. He’s a 13-race maiden and perhaps a bit hard to trust, but he’s a fit on numbers and could get brave if he can shake loose early.