Handicapping Picks for 02/05/2012

Race #7 - Rating = 1
#3 Game On Dude - Fair odds 2/1
#2 Uh Oh Bango - Fair odds 2/1

Exactas: 2,3 over 1,2,3,6 and (reverse) 1,2,3,6 over 2,3
#1 is Tres Borrachos, #6 is Victory Pete

The JINX currently in play against returning Breeders’ Cup winners is just that, against winners, as they are 0 for 5 to date in 2012. I don’t believe the jinx applies to Breeders’ Cup runners-up such as Game On Dude, although still with a long campaign ahead this race could be rather meaningless in the scheme of things. On the other hand, Baffert runners rarely need a prep and with a series of sharp workouts coming into the race and with 115 and 117 Equibase Speed Figures earned in his last 2 starts, either more than good enough to win today, including a win at this 9 furlong trip at SA in the Goodwood Stakes last October, Game on Dude could be formidable. Uh Oh Bango is the other horse sharing the bulk of the probability to win, having just won the similar San Pasqual Stakes to bring his record to 5-5-2 in 17 races (similar to Game On Dude’s 5-4-1 in 14 races), that victory coming rather easily against similar (2 of them back today) and so with every right to win if Game On Dude isn’t 100% ready for his best.

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