Handicapping Picks for 01/14/2012

What did we learn from Friday's races? Simon Callaghan is a beast with those Euro shippers! What a wonderful horseman.

I think the most intriguing race on today's card is the 4th... obviously Mayor Marv isn't the same (Turf Paradise) Derby-winning horse he was last year, as Bob sees fit to drop him yet again. We've seen this gelding regressing in works but if he's still got an ounce of that backclass, he should be able to beat this bunch.

He is vulnerable - and by no means a mortal lock for ShowVivor players - so I'm going to look to 1-Usurp (speed gets class relief for 29% at the meet Machowsky), 4-Square Deal, 3-Afleet Deal (absolutely toss the last), and 8-Slam Slew.

And with the G2 San Fernando usually an upset special, I'm going to look for 6-Spud Spivens to take it over 8-Tapizar (who may simply be the best looking horse in training anywhere in the world right now) and 1-Prayer for Relief

Best of luck an happy handicapping!