Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Fri., Feb. 22, 2013)

Iron Joe T returns from the Bay Area and while he’s never had any success over this main track, he’s with his friends in today’s first race and we’re expecting a major performance. Effective as a late-running sprinter, he has the proper style for this extended sprint trip and surfaces in a restricted claimer after chasing open company at Golden Gate Fields. We like him as a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Gallant Fields makes his California debut for Sadler in the second race after arriving from New York with an excellent series of recent races. He’s a fit on numbers and has looked super in the morning for his new connections. We like him on top but also will include in our rolling exotics Hoorayforhollywood, who adds blinkers and returns to the main track in his second start off a layoff. He could very well be the controlling speed and never look back.

The third race begins the Pick-6. Hidden Passion was nosed out in a similar spot in an off-the-turfer last month and switches to Baze today while returning to grass. She could be dangerous if she can get away with a soft pace setting or prompting journey. Prettypriceygirl takes a class drop from open company to non-winners of two and should appreciate this nine furlong trip. The Canani-trained filly is the likely choice and one to beat. Both should be used in your rolling exotics.

Funny Gal returns to the claiming ranks and switches to Bejarano in the fourth race, so the Sadler-trained filly should improve a ton. She likes to settle early and make a run and should be most effective at this extended sprint distance. Wellington Beauty, away since November but training well enough to be fit and ready, should be on or near the lead throughout and a repeat of her maiden claiming win puts her right there. We’ll double the race in our rolling exotics while preferring Funny Gal on top.

In the fifth race, Miss Becca drops to a realistic level for Miller for her first start since December and is reunited with Bejarano, who won on her two races back. She’s proven over this downhill turf course and seems quite capable of producing the last run. Let’s make her a straight play and rolling exotic single at or around her morning line odds of 5/2.

The sixth race is a very tough heat; we’ll try to survive using just two but you may find the need to go considerably deeper. Unstopper Topper, now in the Almeida barn, likes this track, switches to Gomez, and is a fit on numbers, but may have to settle for a stalking trip today. Batti Man, first off the claim for Hendricks and adding blinkers, likely will be sent to the front by Talamo while stretching out for the first time. At 6-1 on the morning line we’ll put him on top.

Atticus Jack had a rough trip down the hill but stretches out in today’s seventh race and has plenty of room to improve in his second start off a layoff. He’s drawn well inside and should be prominent throughout. Twin Six drops for the money run after appearing rusty vs. tougher in his comeback; the Sadler-trained colt seems sure to improve while stretching out and switching to Bejarano. He’s our top pick. Slammer Time usually gets a piece of it and figures to be doing his best work late. We’ll use all three in our rolling exotics and then have a few extra tickets with Twin Six on top.

In the nightcap, Hidethegoodstuff has two solid runs over the track and should be ready for a forward move. Bejarano stays aboard for Hollendorfer and the daughter of Old Topper looks best of the known element. We’ll toss in the sneaky Miyadi shipper from Golden Gate, Miranda Rose. She’s bred to be quick (Tribal Rule) and we doubt she’d be here unless the barn thought she’d be competitive.