Jeff Siegel’s Best Bets for Friday (5-6-22)


Santa Anita Race 6 Post: 3:49 PT
7-Americaredwhiteblu (5/2)

Son of American Pharoah was a maiden special weight winner at Oaklawn Park last year but then was haltered when (suspiciously) dropped into a $50,000 claimer and finished far back as the 6/5 favorite.  He was stopped on and turned out but returns protected in his first start for his new connections with a work tab looks quite good at San Luis Rey Downs, so let’s assume this lightly-raced 4-year-old colt can return to his best form for a barn that has strong stats with layoff runners. 

Santa Anita Race RACE 7:  Post: 4:20 PT
8-So It Would Seem (5/2)

Burned up in a torrid speed duel vs. infinitely stronger maiden special weight foes last time out, the John Sadler-trained filly should bury this maiden $50,000 claiming group with anything close to her strong runner-up performance vs. maiden $75,000 foes two runs back.  The switch to grass shouldn’t be an issue, so let’s make this daughter of Honor Code a strong win play and rolling exotic single and hope to get close to her morning line of 5/2.