Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sat., April 13, 2013)

Master Appeal has two strong races under his belt and looks ready to graduate at what likely will be a very short price in the Saturday opener. His numbers are way above par and the added distance should not be as problem at all. He’s a logical rolling exotic single.

The second event is a stronger than par race for the level and any one of three could win it. Atticus Jack is long overdue for a score and should enjoy a nice ground-saving, pace stalking journey. Baze knows him well. Slammer Time, third in his last pair against similar foes, won’t have to improve much to win, so toss him in. Vibrato Jazz clearly exits the best race and should fit very well in this league. He’s our top pick and we’ll have extra tickets on him in the win pool.

Courtside always gives his best and looks like the best of the speed types in the third race. We’ll put him on top but also include Yes It’s Snowing, comfortably drawn outside while moving up two notches in class following a Miller claim. Wednesday was a clever winner over this course vs. maidens recently and seems to have found her niche as a turf sprinter. She’s tacking stakes foes today in the fourth race but we’re expecting her to be up to the task. Jubilant Girl is better than her last shows and should enjoy a soft pace prompting trip outside. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics while preferring Wednesday on top.

The fifth race is a below par race for maiden claiming state bred fillies and mares; we’ll go three deep and hope that’s enough. Rich in Tradition comes off a solid runner-up effort vs. similar and figures tough with a repeat of that effort today. Zuzu’s Petals has shown enough in the morning for Jones to be considered a threat in this league, so we’ll toss her in. Rockin Cowgirl has plenty of zip and will take them as far as she can. Let’s put the newcomer Zuzu’s Petals on top but without any great conviction.

Dixieland Blues is a dangerous late running sprinter and has had prior success over this course. He’ll be heard from in the final furlong in the sixth race. Urban Hunter will be out winging and if not pressured will take this field a very long way. Johnny Be Mine lost a toughie over this course in mid-February, has worked well since, and likely has further improvement in him. We’ll triple the race in our rolling exotics while slightly preferring Johnny Be Mine on top.

In the seventh race, No Tricks for Jack is racing in good form and rates a huge look despite moving up a notch in class. He knows how to win and Baze knows him well. One Fast Frog is a fit on figures and should be on or near the lead throughout. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics and then press with No Tricks for Jack on top.

Schiaparelli looks like a course specialist – just like her dam, Cambiocorsa – and figures to fire another huge shot today’s featured eighth race. It’s doubtful she can beat Mizdirection but she’ll give it everything she has. Mizdirection simply outclasses this field and looks like another short priced winner. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics and hope – but not expect – to get the better priced filly home.

In the finale, Shackbamalama has little to beat in a weak maiden claimer and with blinkers on should earn his diploma. We’ll make him a straight play and rolling exotic single.