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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (4-30-22)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

April 29, 2022 01:01 AM
Santa Anita Race 5.   Post: 2:59 PT
5-Fast Buck (7/2)
If this speedy gelding runs as well today as he did when he smoked state-bred maidens over this turf course last month, he’ll almost assuredly repeat on the raise.  Despite a very slow start, the son of Gallant Son gained a clear lead before the opening quarter while displaying intense speed and then kept on going to win with a figure that far exceeds par for this level.  The Los Alamitos-based gelding shows a healthy work tab since raced, so we’ll make him a win play and rolling exotic single at 7/2 on the morning line. 
Santa Anita Race 9:  Post: 5:04 PT
1-Forgiving Spirit (5-1)
Finished far back as the favorite in his debut last summer at Del Mar and was stopped on but is much better than that.  A fast recent gate work was very impressive, so from the rail in this maiden turf sprint as a first-time Lasix user the son of Shaman Ghost seems like a prime candidate to take control early and never look back.  There’s plenty of value his morning line of 5-1 if you can get it.
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