Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Friday, March 6

In today’s 1st race, #1 Dana Dynamo exits what I thought was a pretty good straight maiden California-bred heat and today drops into a maiden claiming affair after hitting the board in both of his starts to date. Perhaps trainer Bruce Headley is simply trying to win a race during a season in which his stable has been pretty cold for the most part. The rail is of some concern, but he should have enough zip to gain favorable early position in a field without a whole lot of speed. #6 Indian Love, another first-time-in-a-claimer play, shortens up, adds blinkers and may have found his friends today. #2 Summertime is 7/5 on the morning line in the 2nd race and may go lower. The Mullins-trained mare drops drastically in class into a restricted claimer and switches to Gomez. On numbers, she dominates her weak foes. In the 3rd race, #4 Mythical Power tries to make amends for his failure at even money recently and a recent bullet work should have him on edge for his first try around two turns. Gomez should have him on or near the lead throughout. The 4th race looks like a two-horse affair, as both #4 Crown of Diamonds and #5 Theodora have a strong look. Crown of Diamonds is stretching out for the first time and the pedigree says a middle distance should be well within her range. She switches to Bejarano and should be prominent throughout in a race without much speed. Theodora looked good crushing a first level allowance field last month and this lightly-raced daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus will be very tough with another forward move. The 5th race, a maiden turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies, seems like an ideal spot for #4 Royal Fortune. She’s certainly is bred to enjoy the lawn and with a recent bullet work, the switch to Bejarano and the removal of blinkers, the Drysdale-trained filly should be ready to graduate in her first start since November. #9 Wiggle and a Wink would seem like a logical exacta partner with ‘Fortune. The Casse-trained filly showed a liking for grass when a solid third over the course two runs back and didn’t get the best of runs when a close-up 5th on the main track last time out. We’ll double the 6th race using #4 Cheese Face and #8 Miss Lydia in a low level restricted claimer for fillies and mares. Cheese Face returned off a long layoff to run a respectable third in a similar (open) affair and if she improves at all she’ll be very tough in this Nw-2 affair. #8 Miss Lydia is a class dropper with solid figures for the level and certainly is worth using at 6-1 on the morning line. The 7th race boils down to the inside three fillies, #1 Mini Do; #2 Gotta Have Her; and #3 Sprung. Mini Do was very impressive winning down the hill recently and a similar effort for new trainer Cardenas (from Canani) makes her very dangerous on the front end in a field without an intense amount of early speed. Gottta Have Her exits a series of graded stakes and certainly figures right there with the class drop. She’s a route to sprint play as well and figures to enjoy the shortening in trip. Sprung might be most effective as a late-running sprinter, so she, too, looks very dangerous with the turn back in trip coupled with the class drop. There are too many question marks in the 8th race to play with any degree of confidence. #2 South Coast drops severely in class after finishing 2nd (beaten a head) in a $40,000 claimer in January, and it’s pretty clear his connections think his days are numbered. It’s simply a matter of whether he has one more good one left in him. #8 Dadsalittleunusual is also dropping off a series of good races (although not as severely as ‘Coast) and this Mitchell-trained gelding may be the more reliable of the two, especially with Gomez taking the mount. If you're playing the Pick-6, we’d use those two along with the old pro #9 Boule d’Or, who makes his first start for O’Neill following a nightmarish trip when third as the favorite vs. softer last month.