Handicapping Picks for 01/02/2012

Race #8 - Rating = 2
#10 Unzip Me - Fair odds 9/5
#9 Separate Forest - Fair odds 3/1
#2 Givine - Fair odds 3/1
#3 Up In Time - Fair odds 7/2

Exactas: 10 over 1,2,3,5,9
Exactas: 10 over 1,2,3,5,9 and (reverse) 1,2,3,5,9 over 10
#1 is Mizdirection, #5 is Remit

Unzip Me loves this downhill turf trip, having won 6 times in 9 tries including last year’s edition of this Monrovia Stakes. She enters the race off a short rest since 10/29, having won the Cal Cup Distaff down the hill and with Bejarano in the saddle as today, with every right to pick up where she left off in the fall, with a win. Separate Forest beat Unzip Me in the spring equivalent of this race, the Las Cienegas Handicap, and has finished 2nd a couple times since. With a sharp six furlong workout coming into the race and fresh off a 3 month layoff she could make some noise at a price. Givine finished 2nd in the similar Senator Ken Maddy Stakes in September then led late and came up a nose short of victory in a the Cool Air Stakes on the flat (and turf) at HOL last month. She’s won only once in 7 U.S. starts but she’s close a lot and deserves respect in this situation. Up In Time won the G2 San Clemente and the G3 Ramser on the turf in the past year, the latter here at SA so the only question is if she can run as well down the hill With Garcia up for the Ramser win and with her last race irrelevant as she clipped heels and lost the jockey I believe it would be a mistake to ignore her chances today so she has to be respected when considering our wagers.
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