Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Friday.
Santa Anita Race 5: Post: 3:14 p.m. PT
No. 3 Southern Horse (2-1)
South American stakes winner moves up two notches on the claiming class scale after securing his first North American victory over this course and distance last month. The John Sadler-trained veteran likes to settle in the second flight and then blast home, and should get the trip he needs to handle this tougher assignment. Juan Hernandez stays aboard and knows him well, so at 2-1 on the morning line let’s try him in the win pool and as a rolling exotic single.
Santa Anita Race 7: Post: 4:16 p.m. PT
No. 6 Teddy’s Barino (3-1)
May have been a bit rusty when she finished a respectable fifth in a downhill turf sprint vs. similar state-bred fillies and mares in her first outing in nine months a few weeks ago but she should be fitter and tighter today in this main track affair. Her only prior outing on dirt (last summer at Del Mar) was quite good when she finished second with a career top speed figure, so we’re expecting the Mark Glatt-trained daughter of Grazen to step forward in a big way today at 3-1 on the morning line.
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