Jeff Siegel's Prime Picks for Thursday, Feb. 5

We’ve got another nice Pick-6 carryover to shoot for today, with $84,478 added to whatever will be wagered today over a competitive and challenging card. In the 3rd race, which kicks off the Pick-6, we’ll go three-deep using #5 King City Kitty; #6 Vixana, and #8 Quick Commander. King City Kitty has improving speed figures, retains Bejarano, and should be able to duplicate her main track form over this downhill turf course. She certainly has the right stalking style for success. Vixana may have been a tad rusty in her recent comeback but should be fit and ready today. A recent bullet work should have this late-running Gone West mare right on edge. Quick Commander returns for O’Neill in a tough spot, but the works indicate fitness and she should be a strong pace factor throughout. The 4th race is an extended sprint for maiden claimers and would appear to be a logical spot to spread. Our top three include #1 Closing Speed, a first-time-in-a-claimer play who should be very tough despite the rail; #4 Fine Time to Leave, a first timer with a solid series of drills for a trainer (Mitchell) who does extremely well with debut performers; and #5 Executive Sweet, dropping from straight maiden to maiden claiming and adding blinkers following a bullet drill since her last race. She’s been facing some tough company and figures to greatly appreciate this softer spot. The 5th race is another wide open maiden claimer, and you’ll have to either zero in on a single or use as many as you can afford to. If you’re going to go the single route, consider #7 Sky Marni, an improving daughter of Sky Mesa in the Sal Gonzalez stable. Sky Marni, in the money in both of her starts, doesn’t appear to have all that much to beat, as the first timers haven’t really impressed the private clockers. The 6th race is a deep and competitive starter’s allowance dash for sophomore fillies and we’ll use #4 Waddup G; #6 Step Lightly; and #8 Melody Makin. Waddup G didn’t beat a whole lot when breaking her maiden but she did it in style and should prove to be a very useful claim by Sadler. Rosario should have her within striking range throughout. Step Lightly finished an even fourth vs. similar in her California debut and seems sure to improve for good connections. She may do her best when held up early and allowed to run late. Melody Makin exits a hot race and this lightly-raced Hollendorfer filly should continue to improve with experience. We get a rare treat in the 7th race – a 10 furlong main track affair – and the two that seem to stand out are #2 Throne of Power and #5 Fire Wood. Throne of Power, in the money in both of his starts since being imported from England, should enjoy this longer journey. Fire Wood would seem to be in tough on paper but he’s a first-off-the-claim by Mitchell, so improvement is likely. Three wins and 14 seconds during his career may lead you to want to back him up if you really like him. We’ll wrap things up in the 8th race using the first timer #8 A Taco Short and the logical #12 Shawnie Ora. A Taco Short has worked like he’s fit and ready; however the barn doesn’t win many with debut runners. We’ll use him primarily because we’re not keen on most of the others. Shawnie Ora seems to be improving with experience for Hess and with another forward move today should be right there. Good luck!