Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Wednesday, April 8 at Santa Anita

In today’s baby race opener, both #3 Slewkaysa and #4 Swiss Love have displayed excellent speed in morning trials and both should come out firing in their debuts. We’ll use them both in our rolling exotics while trying to beat the experienced #1 Miss Dubai and #10 Giveme Tat Ting, both of whom ran well in their only outings but probably aren’t anything special. We can’t really get a feel for the 2nd race, so we’ll use #1 Gandolf, #5 Scottish Diamond and #6 Call On Carson in our rolling exotics and hope one of them wins. Gandolf beat a softer field with a strong figure recently but must overcome the rail. Scottish Diamond fits with these but loves to run third (12 times in 23 starts) while boasting only two victories. Call On Carson is a useful Bay Area invader with competitive figures and should enjoy a good pace prompting trip outside. Trainer Kathy Walsh has enjoyed a superb season and should add to her victory total in the 3rd race with #2 Miss Cherry. The Lord Carson filly didn’t fire her best shot last time out but adds blinkers and beats these with a repeat of her race before last. She doesn’t have much early speed but in a poor field should be able to produce the last run. Trainer Mike Mitchell drops #4 Trilliant all the way down to the bottom in the 4th race and if healthy the Tribal Rule colt should gallop. Normally, this kind of maneuver spells trouble, but the Zayat Stable appears to be in the midst of an “everything must go” sale – the barn is culling the claimers – and we’d be surprised if this colt doesn’t have at least one more good one left in him. But there’s no value, so we’ll pass. Not much value in the 5th race, either, as #4 Areyoutrue, #7 Union Scale, and #8 Razor Cut all have credentials to win. We’d actually prefer Razor Cut on top, but he’s 1-for-20 lifetime, so we’ll use the other two in our rolling exotics for insurance. The 6th race would seem to boil down to #3 Kulinski Rose and #8 Ms. Olympio, although you might also be tempted to toss in the comebacking #4 Princess Amelie from the Ron Ellis barn. Kulinski Rose can be counted on for an honest effort, but Ms. Olympio beat her in December and today lands the comfortable outside post. You should be able to get past this race using just those two, although Princess Amelie, with a history of running well fresh and most effective as a late-running sprinter, might be dangerous in the final furlong. I can see any one of three winning the 7th race. #1 Vikkilee retains Rosario, lands the favorable rail, and is better than her 3rd place finish (when caught very wide) in a similar spot recently would indicate. #5 Malibu Artiste earned a giant figure when pulverizing a starter’s allowance field last month and if she can transfer that form to turf, she’ll be dangerous. #6 Pretty Unusual is a sharp, improving filly switching to Bejarano and she’s a daughter of Unusual Heat trying turf for the first time. All of that makes her the one to beat. If you’re looking for a rolling exotic single, #11 Multitasker should fit the bill in the 8th race. The daughter of Bertrando exits a good race, retains Rosario, and returns to her claim level. This is a slightly better than par race for the level, but any one of her first three starts would be good enough to win.