Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sun., April 7, 2013)

Robie the Cat drops into a claimer for the first time in his second start off a layoff and looks properly spotted in the Sunday opener to regain his winning form. This will be his first start over conventional dirt and he trains well enough over it. Valentine Boy, in the money in his last pair, is a fit on numbers and should at least get a share. ‘Cat gets top preference but both should be used in rolling exotic play.

Warren’s Morgan beat a similar bottom-rung field here recently and if she can turn in two alike in today’s second race she’ll be tough right back. We’ll include her in rolling exotic play but prefer Courageousandbold on top. The Sadler-trained filly is racing in good form, continues to look sharp in the morning and switches to Pedroza. We’re expecting her to be along in time.

In the third race, Moone’s My Name was a nice sort in England last year and has trained like she’s fit and ready for a huge try in her U.S. debut for Sadler. Her Racing Post ratings indicate she can run with these. Let’s make her a straight play and rolling exotic single.

Afleet Cowboy drops a notch in his second start off a layoff in the fourth race and should move forward for Spawr. He likes this track and his style seems perfect for this extended sprint distance. Yes It’s Snowing, first off the claim for O’Neill, just won under similar conditions and there’s no reason to believe he’ll go backwards today. Both should be used in rolling exotic okay; we’ll have a few extra tickets with Yes It’s Snowing on top.

Noise of the Crowd lands the good rail in the fifth race and drops into a high priced claimer. The Mathis-trained mare is genuine and consistent and should be prominent throughout. Secret Cove has been chasing tougher and drops while stretching out again. Gomez stays aboard and will have this Miller-trained mare charging in the final furlong. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; we’ll give the edge to Secret Cove on top.

Bev’s Finale showed some ability last summer against straight maiden company and returns in the sixth race in a below average race for the level. If ready, he’ll be a strong threat. Itsalwayssomething is a first timer with a good work tab and looks primed for a big try first crack out of the box. Toss in him. Warren’s Tyler S is gradually improving for a clever outfit and retains Stevens. Today could be his day. We’ll triple the race in our rolling exotics while slightly preferring Itsalwayssomething on top.

In the seventh race, R S Watson returns for Kitchingman in straight maiden company and in a sign of confidence. His runner-up effort against high priced maiden claimers charts well with these. Pure Loyalty earned a huge figure when third vs. similar sprinting last time out. If he can transfer that performance to turf, he’ll be hard to beat. Let’s double the race in rolling exotic play while preferring Pure Royalty on top.

Haverhill arrives razor sharp from Gulfstream Park and on pure numbers should be tough to beat at this level on this circuit. In the eighth race, he’ll have to contend with Italian Rules, a tough-as-nails sprinter who was scratched yesterday for this spot. We’ll give Haverhill top billing but use both in our rolling exotics.

The finale looks like a typical grass grab bag on paper; we’ll try to get by using just two but you may want to go deeper. In a Wine Tizzy, second in his last three starts, won’t have to improve much to win and lands the favorable rail. Super Ability had a sprint tightener on the main track for Gaines earlier this meeting and should move forward big time today while stretching out for the first time. There’s no reason he won’t handle the two-turns or the grass.