Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (1-8)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

January 7, 2021 11:39 PM

Santa Anita Third Race Post time: 1:32 PT

6-Hail Freedom (3-1)

Flashed excellent speed before weakening in the lane in his debut sprinting on dirt last month in what was an extremely fast, highly-rated affair.  Today, the D. O’Neill-trained colt stretches out to a distance he’s bred to like and switches to grass, a surface he’s bred to love.  With addition of Lasix while retaining J. Rosario in a race without much speed, the D. O’Neill-trained colt could easily take this group gate-to-wire and at 3-1 on the morning line represents a good gamble in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.

Gulfstream Park 10th Race – Post time: 5:13 ET

9-Lord of War (9/2)

Was off poorly and lost all chance in his debut sprinting on turf last month but produced a significant rally to wind up fourth, beaten three lengths while appearing a bit green through the lane.  Sky Mesa juvenile seems certain to improve off that race and today gets a mile to work with while adding Lasix and retaining top grass rider J. Leparoux. In a moderate maiden $50,000 claimer, the P. Biancone-trained colt offers good wagering value at or near his morning line of 9/2.

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