Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Friday, Feb. 6

As this is penned turf racing for the Friday program is in serious jeopardy due to the heavy rains from yesterday and through the evening. We’re going to assume the races will be taken off the lawn. Our early Daily Double consists of singling #6 Threat in the 1st race and using both #2 Heartless Vixen and #5 Silent Stalk in the 2nd race. Threat drops for the money run, lands the good outside post, has a nice work since her last race and beats this group off her very sharp score vs. maiden claimers two runs back. The early double won’t pay much if Silent Stalk wins the 2nd race, but there could be some value if the first time starter, Heartless Vixen, runs to her impressive drills for good trainer Ron Ellis, whose maidens often run better than they work. Silent Stalk adds blinkers and has much better than par speed figures for the level, so she’ll be hard to beat, but Heartless Vixen appears fit and ready and is listed at an attractive 8-1 on the morning line. The 3rd race is likely to be run on the main track and could have a few scratches, so we’ll sit this one out. In the 4th race, the Bobby Frankel-trained #6 Marenostrum returns following a three month vacation and surfaces for a tag, so there may be a condition question, but he’s trained like he’s ready to roll and his past success at Santa Anita is hard to ignore. With Gomez up, he seems very well meant and probably is worth singling in your rolling exotics. The 5th race is another maiden dash for 3-year-old fillies (it’s a split of the 2nd race) and the three we’ll use in an exacta/trifecta box are #3 Elle a Gent; #5 Well Monied; and #9 Storm the Church. Elle a Gent launches a comeback and has trained impressively according to the private clockers. She seems sure to be a better type this time around. Well Monied closed a gap in a strong maiden heat during the Oak Tree meeting and figures to show considerable improvement in her return for Zucker. Storm the Church may have moved too soon when worn down late by Miss Silver Book in a hot maiden affair last month. She won’t move too soon today; she switches to Gomez. The 6th race is an open middle distance claimer and the two that are most worth using are #1 Wink At the Girls and #9 Hunter Creek. The former lands the good rail while returning to the claiming ranks and should enjoy a soft ground saving trip from the rail. The latter is a first-off-the-claim play for Spawr and fits on numbers while seeking his third straight win. Today’s 7th race feature, a competitive sprint for fillies and mares, has three main contenders. #2 Ciccina broke her maiden gamely earlier this meeting with a nice figure and seems sure to move forward with experience for Puype. #5 Flashover has a big look off her nice starter’s allowance win in early January but she’s coming off short rest and has flown cross country and back just in the past couple of weeks. She’s dangerous, but perhaps vulnerable. #8 North Rodeo, never off the board in eight career starts over synthetic surfaces, should be prompting the pace outside and figures for at least a piece of it. You might be able to survive the 8th race using just two horses, #2 J B Wine, and #12 Cracked Code. J B Wine has been third three straight times and was recently beaten as the favorite so he may be a hard one to trust, but he’s a major contender pretty much by default. Cracked Code chased tougher in his debut, gets a good outside draw while dropping a level and figures tough with any kind of improvement. Good luck!