Handicapping Picks for 02/12/2012

Race #8 - Rating = 3
#3 She Spirit di Su - Fair odds 9/5
#8 Dijarvo - Fair odds 2/1
#5 Indigo River - Fair odds 2/1

Exacta: Box 3,5,8

Europeans and former Europeans have the edge here, starting with She Spirit di Su, who won rather easily rallying from 9th of 10 to draw off in her U.S. debut on 1/13, earning a field high 94 Equibase Speed Figure bound to be improved upon in her 2nd U.S. start, 2nd off a 4 ½ month layoff, and on the cut back from a mile to 6 ½ furlongs. Dijarvo won a 80K stakes in France when last seen in June, versus males, earning an equivalent 92 figure that puts her right there at the wire with the top pick if ready to pick up where she left off, which she should be considering she gets the best post (outside) for this downhill turf trip. Indigo River won her U.S. debut the same day She Spirit di Su did, on 1/13 but at this unique 6 ½ furlong downhill turf trip, after finishing 3rd in a 90K stakes in Ireland versus males. She earned a 90 figure in that race and considering she should move forward in her 2nd U.S. start rounds out a trio that appears to stand out against the rest of the field in this non-graded stakes.

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