Handicapping Picks for 01/01/2012

Happy New Year! And a big Happy Birthday to all Northern Hemisphere-bred Thoroughbreds! For those with horses to spoil: may I suggest a pint of Guinness!

Let's start the year off right... today's card is a great way to make some money. There's a $123k Pick 6 carryover and one of the toughest Player's Pick 5's I've seen in a while.

The 4th is an absolute dartboard event, so spread-spread-spread in there. Key selections: 5-8-6-4-3

5th race / Kalookan Queen Hcp: 6-Rumor has never been worse than 2nd and she's going to be tough again today. 3-Excellent News hails from the incredibly strong Baffert brigade. And win machine 7-Saint Isabelle could make some noise off the layoff.

8th race / G2 Bobby Frankel: 1-Bauble Queen has been working extremely well according to Grade1Racing and she's never been out of the money on her favorite surface, which she gets back onto today. We're trying to beat the favorite in 3-City to City, while also looking at pricier ponies in 5-Whisper Louise and 2-Celestial Kitten for the exotics.

Best of luck and happy handicapping!