Handicapping Picks for 12/26/2011

Welcome back to beautiful Santa Anita Park for what promises to be a very strong race meet...we ended the fall meet with a bang...Crimson Giant at $59.40...let's hope we can have another profitable meet with our selection of the day.

Race 9 - Malibu Stakes - #4 Rothko 9-2

this annual opening day feature race is one of my favorites of the year & this years Grade 1 Malibu promises to be very competitive...I'm going with this lightly raced son of Arch for a couple of reasons...he enters this contest off three straight impressive wins including on Breeders Cup Friday at Churchill, a race that i thought was super impressive & he looked the part when i saw him in the paddock that day...thinking he will get a good trip here with Asmussen's go to guy Nakatani (welcome back Corey to Southern California)...enjoy opening day & good luck cashing tickets.