Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Friday, March 29, 2013)

In the Friday opener, Jessie’s Giacomo returns from the Bay Area where she won a modest starter’s allowance event with a so-so figure. She’s realistically spotted and could be dangerous from off the pace. Island Frolic looks like the controlling speed and drops for the money run. Her kind of zip might play better over conventional dirt rather than the all weather at Golden Gate Fields. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; we’ll put Island Frolic on top.

Baffert holds the aces in the second race and both of his entrants look live. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics. Ondine has the benefit of two prior races and continues to look good in the morning; she retains Bejarano and this seven furlong trip looks ideal for her style. Tres Belle has done everything right in the morning at Hollywood Park and should fire a big shot right off the bat. She’s a high potential type so we’ll give her a very slight edge on top.

The third is a strong race and we’ll feel safe only if we go three deep. Caelis has been away but has trained like she’s fit and ready and Miller is superb with layoff runners. Chokecherrymary loves this course and always tries hard; she’ll fire another big shot again today. Esentepe may have gotten the rust off with an okay effort down the hill in her U.S. debut and very likely will move forward stretching out for Hollendofer. We’ll give a slight edge to Chokecherrymary but this is definitely a spread race.

In the fourth race, Penny Maker returns to the main track, drops into class, lands the good rail and catches a modest band of maiden claiming sophomore fillies. With the switch to Bejarano she should be hard to beat. Chico Suerte, freshened since early February, has looked good in the morning since her last outing and switches to Gomez. She should improve enough to be a factor. Kingsbury, first off the claim for Kitchingman, is lightly raced and likely has plenty of improvement in her. She’s a fit on numbers and should enjoy the stretch out in distance. We’ll triple the race in our rolling exotics and then have a few extra tickets with Kingsbury on top.

Roust ‘Em Bertie drops into a maiden claimer for the first time in the fifth race and seems sure to improve a bunch in this considerably easier spot. She’s run well for Talamo in the past and lands a comfortable inside draw. Corinthian Melody is another class dropper likely to enjoy this maiden claiming company. Gomez will have her rolling late. The edge goes to Roust ‘Em Bertie but both should be used in rolling exotic play.

Laugh At Life is a fit on figures in the sixth race and has the proper style for this extended sprint distance. She switches to Garcia and should be comfortably placed pressing or stalking the pace. Langfurs Lightning ran quite well in her recent comeback and if she moves forward at all she’ll be right there. Bejarano takes the call. Let’s put Laugh At Life on top while using both in our rolling exotics.

Rosengold seeks his third straight win while stretching out for the first time and seems capable of dominating the field throughout. He continues to impress in the morning and there’s no reason he can’t carry his speed a mile. Let’s make him a strong straight play and rolling exotic single.

Katy’s Kitty has the powerful blinkers-off angle working for her in the nightcap and switches to Bejarano. From the rail she should have no difficulty gaining a favorable ground-saving trip while on or near the lead throughout. Flashy Delight is a strong fit on numbers and drops for the money run. She should draft into a second flight position and have every chance to produce the last run. We’ll give the edge to Katy’s Kitty but use both in our rolling exotics.