Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (2-5)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

February 5, 2021 01:39 AM

Santa Anita – Second Race. Post time: 1:03 PT

4-Donna Bella (2-1)

Shows a number of positive angles in her past performance chart that indicate she’s ready to produce a winning effort, most notably the classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch-out pattern.  After being nosed out in a strong maiden special weight sprint here last month, the daughter of Not This Time tries a two-turn mile (certainly is bred for it), sports an impressive five furlong workout last week, removes blinkers (love that angle), and retains hot-riding U. Rispoli.  The S. Callaghan-trained filly seems likely be the controlling speed and may never look back given that type of trip.

Santa Anita – Seventh Race.  Post time: 3:45 PT

2-Earls Rock (3-1)

Made his U.S. debut in a grass miler here last month and was quite impressive in victory when producing a superior turn of foot to win going away.  Though backing up to six furlongs today, the Irish-bred colt should not be inconvenienced by the shorter journey nor the raise in class from the maiden ranks into this listed stakes event.  The P. D’Amato-trained colt continues to impress in the morning, retains F. Prat, is fast on figures, and should have enough help up front to set things up nicely for his closing kick. 

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