Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (2-4-22)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

January 28, 2022 08:01 PM

Santa Anita Race 3:  Post time: 1:33 PT

7-Ardis (3-1)

Flashed good early speed to be close up early, dropped back midway, then picked it up again late and actually galloped out quite well when sixth of eighth debuting in a much stronger maiden $75,000 dirt sprint here last month.  She’s returned to work a nice half mile from the gate in 47 3/5 seconds (fifth fastest of 87), so we’re expecting the daughter of Mohaymen to step forward considerably. The significant jockey switch to F. Prat is a major part of the equation.

Santa Anita Race 8:  Post: 4:11 PT

5-Fashionably Fast (2-1)

Always has been dynamite over the Santa Anita dirt track (four career wins), and after being freshened since November the veteran son of Lucky Pulpit seems likely to return in peak form.  A strong and healthy recent work tab should have him plenty fit, and from his cozy outside draw the D. Pederson-trained gelding should draft into an ideal pace-stalking position.  There’s good value at his morning line of 2-1 in the win pool and in the various exotics.

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