Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday's San Vicente at Santa Anita worth watching

OK, so I'm zero for February in the Del Mar free online winter contest, but will be keeping an eye on Sinai (8-to-1) in the Grade 2 San Vicente 7f dirt stakes worth $150k.  The field was reduced to 7 with scratches of the two biggest prices on the morning line, but there are lots of intriguing angles and tons of speed.

The Factor (8-to-5 M/L) was visually impressive in an 8-length maiden-breaking score on December 26 at Santa Anita, but the other horses in the field look a bit more seasoned, all having run in some level of stakes race leading to today's contest.  The Factor, Premier Pegasus and City Cool all show 21-second first-quarter foot but should be stalked by Sway Away and Sinai.

In my view, Sinai is a great value at 8-to-1 with the Bejarano-Baffert connection and was steadied at the 3/8 pole in the San Pedro on January 17 and then cut off near the wire along the rail to finish a game 3rd to Indian Winter.  From watching the video, Sinai still managed to reclaim some ground after being steadied and, with a clean trip, can stalk and beat the field in the San Vicente.  We'll see.

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