Xpressbet analyst Jeff Siegel offers his top plays on Fridays and Saturdays.
SANTA ANITA RACE 5: Post: 2:55 PT
First off the claim for Dean Pederson, hard-knocking gelding returns for the same $20,000 tag, shortens up a half-furlong and catches a field that should allow him to be the controlling speed in this restricted sprint for older horses. Second at this level while earning a career top speed figure in his most recent outing at Del Mar, the lightly-raced 3-year-old switches to the barn’s “go-to” rider Tiago Pereira and seems fairly solid in the win pool and in the rolling exotics.
SANTA ANITA RACE 8: Post: 4:25 PT
Single: 7-Mo Forza (8/5)
Looked spectacular in his recent comeback when easily winning the Del Mar Mile H.-G2 by more than four lengths and earning a career top speed figure without really being knocked about. A three-time winner over the Santa Anita turf course, the son of Uncle Mo appears set to take another step on his way to the Breeders’ Cup Mile-G1. We’ll make him a strong win play and rolling exotic single.
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