Jeff Siegel's Santa Anita Analysis (Sat., Oct. 26, 2013)

A strong Saturday program begins with a $12,500 claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies that appears made to order for #8 Julio’s Gold. She drops from an open affair to a restricted (nw-2) event and lands the cozy outside post. Pedroza should have her on or near the lead throughout. #1 Clearly Confused ran well at this level earlier this month and seems like a logical exacta partner with the favorite.

The two main contenders in the second race – a maiden claiming sprint for juvenile fillies – are #1 Moving Seas and #6 Rushmatic. Preference goes to the class-dropping Moving Seas; she’ll be trying gate-to-wire tactics from her inside draw and if she can shake loose early she might get very brave. Rushmatic continues to train decently and very likely will show improvement for new trainer O’Neill while removing blinkers and switching to Bejarano.

#5 Et Tu Walker may have been in too tough in the Eddie D. Stakes last month but he isn’t today, and the hard-knocking turf sprinter should regain his winning form in the third race, a conditioned allowance downhill dash. First or second in 10 of 18 career starts, the son of Shakespeare can win on the lead or from a stalking position, so Gutierrez can play this one by ear.

The fourth race, a maiden state-bred juvenile filly sprint, marks the debut of the speedy #8 Global Hottie. A $190,000 Barretts 2-year-old in training buy in May, the daughter of Dixie Chatter has been burning up the track for Baffert and looks fit and ready for a huge run. She figures to be a short price.

First level allowance fillies and mares compete in an abbreviated sprint in the fifth race; the two main contenders appear to be #6 Madoffwiththemoney and #1 Hidethegoodstuff. The former won a nice allowance race at Pomona but today drops below her claim level and that’s not really a healthy sign. However, she’s trained well since her win and if she fires her best shot she’ll be tough. Hidethegoodstuff ran quite well in her recent comeback and if she can produce a forward move she should be a strong factor throughout, rail and all.

#4 Yes Yes Yes has much going for him in the sixth race, a nine furlong maiden juvenile turf event, and we’re expecting the Eurton-trained colt to earn his diploma. A progressive sort that should appreciate the trip, the son of City Zip adds blinkers, continues to work well, and is reunited with Smith. He should be along in plenty of time and anything close to his morning line odds of 5/2 would represent good value.

The seventh race is a split of the fourth race and is loaded with high potential types. #6 Prayer Be Mine has worked like a good thing for Hollendorfer and appears plenty fit for a big effort first time out. #7 Chilada also has done some good things in the morning and might be worth tossing in at 6-1 on the morning line. #10 Euroclydon was very impressive in the Barretts May Sale preview session – you don’t see too many Singletary fillies bring $100,000 – and her recent works are much better than the raw times would indicate. She’s a “must use” in rolling exotic play.

The featured Autumn Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf looks like a good spot for Del Mar Oaks runner-up #10 Wishing Gate to get back in winning form. She’s really improved in the past few months and won the San Clemente Stakes under Stevens two races back. If she can negotiate a decent trip from her 10 post position, she’ll be hard to deny. #9 Need You Know won the Le Cle Stakes at this distance last summer and is reunited with Leparoux, while #8 Charlie Em can fire fresh and has a chance to outrun her 12-1 morning line odds.

The finale is a bottom-rung claimer for fillies and mares; there’s little in here to trust. #4 Raisin’ Cane looked decent winning at Fresno; if she can turn in two alike she can score right back. #3 Unkept Rendez Vous is re-equipped with blinkers and might be a late threat. #7 Acute is Mitchell class-dropper with a big look if she repeats her nice Del Mar score two races back.