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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (1-22)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

January 14, 2021 11:39 PM

Oaklawn Park 8th race – Post time: 4:11 CT

7-Caddo River (5/2)

Listed as the second choice on the morning line at 5/2, this talented sophomore moves into stakes company while trying two-turns for the first time, but after an ultra-impressive maiden win at Churchill Downs in November the Brad Cox-trained colt should be set to take another important step on the Derby trail in this year’s edition of the Smarty Jones S. He can be the controlling speed or settle into a stalking position, but in either case we’re expecting the son of Hard Spun to take care of business. 

Santa Anita 7th race – Post time: 3:34 PT

5-Va Va Vegas (5/2)

Probably wasn’t completely cranked up when closing to be second in his debut at Los Alamitos last month but with that effort behind him the Bob Baffert-trained could be ready to produce a significant forward move. The son of Empire Way has trained well since that race, adds Lasix, switches to J. J. Hernandez, and gets an extra half furlong to work with.  With good racing luck he should be along in time. 

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