Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Sunday, March 8

Today’s opener looks like a two-horse race between #5 Mossad and #6 Thor’s Bullet. Mossad returns to the main track and earned a big figure when graduating two races back and a repeat of that effort today puts him right there. Thor’s Bullet returned off a long layoff and blew away a maiden claiming field in fast time at Hollywood Park in December, hasn’t been seen since, but has worked sharply of late to indicate fitness. We like #3 Power Blitz in the 2nd race. His improving pattern for Drysdale should have him primed for his best effort today and despite the fact he’s a closer in a field without any speed, we’re hoping he’ll have the strongest kick in the final quarter of a mile. The 3rd race is a competitive state bred affair and you could make a strong case for #1 Korban, #2 Danny Q and #5 Shock the Board, and all three should be used in your rolling exotics. Korban looked good graduating recently and with continued improvement he’ll be tough right back. Danny Q is a route to sprint play with competitive speed figures, and Shock the Board earned a good number when beating maiden claimers in his only start and should enjoy this seven furlong trip. #2 Singita is a first-off-the-claim play for Sadler in the 4th race and seems sure to improve for new connections with the switch to Gomez while leaving from a good inside post. #5 Pretty Unusual closed with interest in her debut and figures to move forward with experience and distance. #4 Red Hot Charlotte also makes a trainer change – Mitchell’s got her now – and she’s another with a license to move forward while stretching out and switching to Bejarano. The 5th race is an open affair and we’ll try to get through it using #1 Guts (dropping and being wheeled back in a week); #4 Solo Performance (stretching out for Sadler and working well); and #8 Joe’s Cannon (good Phoenix invader, exits a hot race, winning connections). You may also want to toss in #6 Distinctive Afleet (improving for Ellis, pace factor) if you’re playing any rolling exotic. The 6th race is a downhill turf dash and we expect #3 Gorgeous Goose to fire a big shot off the bench. She’s a talented filly who has worked like she’s fit and ready and her powerful late kick makes her dangerous with Bejarano. Her main contention consists of #9 Heathersdaddysbaby (sharp recent score down the hill) and #10 We Will Rock You (big chance off her good runner-up try two races back over this course). The 7th race is a wide open California-bred maiden event for 3-year-old fillies. Among those who have run, #1 Irish Pepper, #5 Irridescent Red, #7 Asanti, and #11 Past Curfew all have every reason to improve after promising debuts and on numbers they’re hard to separate. Trainer Carla Gaines, who does very well with debut runners, seems to have a nice prospect with the first timer #3 Excessive Blend, who has worked well enough to be a strong threat first crack out of the box. This is another spread affair. #9 Saucy Evening should be a relatively short price to win the 8th race, the China Doll Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies. Third to Stardom Bound in the Gr. 1 Las Virgenes Stakes last time out, she switches to turf (ran well in the BC Juvenile Fillies) and would appear to completely out class her opposition. She’s a single. The 9th race is a maiden claimer with two logical contenders, #3 More Than Music, and #7 Crooked Smile. The former drops into a claimer for the first time for new (hot) trainer Kathy Walsh while the latter exits a highly rated race and is strictly the one to beat.