Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (4-1-22)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

March 31, 2022 08:01 PM


Santa Anita Race 1. Post Time: 1:00 PT

1-Precedent (6-1)

In his debut, this son of Into Mischief broke slowly and was allowed to lag, took hold while strictly on his own entering the lane and rallied to finish respectable seventh, beaten less than four lengths, before galloping out in front.  He gets an extra half-furlong to work with today, breezed five furlongs in :58 4/5 at San Luis Rey Downs since raced, retains J. Bravo, and is guaranteed a ground-saving trip from his rail post position.  At 6-1 on the morning line, he offers good gambling value in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics. 

Santa Anita Race 5.  Post Time: 3:15 PT

4-Ben’s a Goalie (3-1)

Snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when leading the way into the lane by four lengths before losing his concentration, drifting out, and getting tagged close home in a main track maiden $50,000 sprint a year ago January.  Claimed by trainer J. Sadler, he finally makes it back to the races at the same level (a good sign), and gets Lasix, blinkers, and the barn’s “go-to” rider J. Hernandez, so if he takes to the grass, the son of Grazen can control this race from gate to wire. 

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