Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sun., April 21, 2013)

Closing day offers a mandatory payoff in the Pick-6.

Swingaway drops into a claimer for the first time in the opner and appears to have found her friends. She should draft into a second flight, ground-saving position and then go on with it. Baze knows her well. We’ll prefer her on top but also include in our rolling exotics Tanquerray, nosed out in a similar spot with a race-shape aided late bid. These are the two short priced favorites, so there’s really no value here.

Procurement gets nine furlongs to work with in today’s second race and we’re expecting the son of Milwaukee Brew to be along in time. A fast-finishing runner-up in the Pasadena Stakes over this course last time out, he retains Gomez and should continue to progress for good trainer Proctor. He looks like another short-priced rolling exotic single.

In the third race, Streets of Heaven, first or second in 22 of 44 career starts, should be very dangerous in his second start for Baltas while dropping to the bottom. Of course, there’s always a question of condition with these low-level platers but this extended sprint trip seems perfect for his style. Guidopanzini also plummets in class – he was claimed by O’Neill for $40,000 two races back – so who knows what kind of shape he’s in. Blinkers go back on today. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; you can toss in a few more if you’d like.

Baby Blake has been stuck on seconds – he’s finished in the runner-up spot four straight times – but he exits a series of tougher starter’s allowance events and shows up in today’s fourth race in a restricted $25,-00 claimer. Bejarano stays aboard. Robie the Cat may be more comfortable on grass and returns to the sod today after flopping at 4/5 on the main track last time out. Mandella is willing to give him one more chance, so we’ll toss him in as well. Greylaine tries turf for the first time – can’t say he’s bred to move up on it – but he’s lightly raced and improving and deserves inclusion in rolling exotic play.

Circle the Moon likes this turf course and has that classic route to sprint angle working for him in today’s fifth race. The Headley-trained gelding should settle in the second flight spot, ready to pounce. We like him on top but will also use Insideondoutside, third in the same race our top pick was fourth in, and also likely to enjoy this turn back in trip. The Artie Schiller gelding may be best suited as a late-running turf sprinter and Gomez figures to have him rolling late.

Ridingwiththedevil was overmatched against grade one company but returns to reality in today’s sixth race and a repeat of her good debut runner-up effort makes her a strong fit with these. She seems like the best of the known element but will have to worry about the Baffert first-timer, Gifting, a daughter of Street Cry with a series of impressive workouts at Hollywood Park. We’ll give the edge to Gifting and press with her on top in the straight pool as well as the rolling exotics.

Interaction seemed a little flat when a non-threatening fourth in the San Luisa Rey Stakes but we loved his effort in the San Marcos before that so we’re willing to give the McAnally-trained import another chance in the featured San Juan Capistrano. This marathon trip shouldn’t be an issue. Sky Kingdom won the Tokyo City on the main track at 12 furlongs and may have found his niche as a true marathoner. He’s never been on turf but has a pedigree to kill for it. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; we’ll prefer Sky Kingdom on top.

In the eighth race, Captain Corrigan, first off the claim for Kitchingman, has improving speed figures and with another forward move should handle this maiden claiming group despite the raise in class. He switches to Maldonado and should be within striking range throughout. He’s a straight play and rolling exotic single for us.

In the finale, Charm Catcher stretchers out for the first time and really should enjoy this longer journey. The McAnally-trained filly retains Talamo and shows a bullet recent work to indicate a major forward move is expected. Scooter Bird figures to drop back early and rally late and seems capable of at least hitting the board. Both should be used in your rolling exotics with preference to Charm Catcher.