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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