Handicapping Picks for 02/03/2012

Race #7 - Rating = 2
#10 Lofty Ambition - Fair odds 5/2
#9 Gelila - Fair odds 5/2
#3 Ricketyracketruss / #12 Picture Perfect - Fair odds 5/2 (uncoupled entry)

Exacta: Box 3,9,10,12

Lofty Ambition won the only time she raced down this tricky, specialist’s hillside turf course, in October, going long two since since and now cutting back on the trainer change to Jones, with the best post (the outside) for this trip and with a big shot of returning to winning form with a repeat of that previous downhill effort. Gelila comes back from 3 months off, last seen winning in career start #2, at a mile on this course, also getting a good outside post and with a decent shot to be rallying strongly at the end for her 2nd career win. Ricketyracketruss and Picture Perfect both come from the Sadler barn, the former last seen a year ago winning at 9 furlongs on this course and with a big 1:12 and change workout so suggest she could pick up where she left off, Picture Perfect having just won down the hill in an open claimer 2nd off the Sadler claim and with a big shot to be competitive right back if she gets in from the also-eligible list.

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