Handicapping Picks for 02/18/2012

Race #2 - Rating = 2
#4 Cloud Hopper - Fair odds 2/1
#2 Smoking G - Fair odds 2/1
#6 Our Boy Benjamin - Fair odds 2/1

Cloud Hopper broke his maiden at this mile turf trip here at SA in his most recent start and therefore is a perfect fit at this first allowance level, with improving to do as Talamo rides back 3rd off a layoff and in his 2nd ever turf route. Smoking G also won his last start, on turf, but in a sprint, so the only real question mark is whether he can run as well around two turns, which his breeding suggests he can. As such, he must be strongly respected for any and all wagers we make involving this race. Our Boy Benjamin broke his maiden as well when last seen, at this mile turf trip, but 2 months ago. Nevertheless Berrios is up today as for the win and this well bred colt could be coming from far back once again to get up in time so rounds out our trio of contenders.

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