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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (12-26)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

December 26, 2020 06:39 AM

Santa Anita Race 4 – Post time: 12:36 PT  

1-Whisper Not (5-1)

English-bred colt showed plenty of promise in his U.S. debut when second in a fast, highly-rated first level allowance race at Del Mar last month, one that charts extremely well in this Grade-3 turf miler restricted to 3-year-olds. Drawn perfectly inside, training sharply at San Luis Rey Downs in the interim, and retaining Joel Rosario, The Richard Baltas-trained sophomore probably has enough early speed to be on the lead if that’s the chosen strategy but also can settle behind the leaders and then kick home when asked. At 5-1 on the morning line, he offers exceptional value both in the win pool and in rolling exotic play. 

Gulfstream Park Race 8 – Post time: 3:40 ET

6 – Colonial Liam (5/2)

Lightly-raced 3-year-old colt has found a home on turf, first winning an allowance race at Saratoga that produced a stakes-quality speed figure and then finishing a much-troubled fourth beaten less than a length while probably best in the Saratoga Derby. Freshened since August and training like he’s fit and ready, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is reunited with “win rider” Irad Ortiz, Jr. and projects to enjoy an ideal pace-stalking journey. He’s 5/2 on the morning line; let’s hope we can get. 

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