Handicapping Picks for 02/20/2012

Race #8 - Rating = 2
#7 Up In Time - Fair odds 3/1
#9 City to City - Fair odds 3/1
#5 Vamo a Galupiar - Fair odds 3/1
#2 Strawberrydaiquiri - Fair odds 7/2

Exacta: Box 2,5,7,9

Up in Time is a winner at this Grade 2 Level (San Clemente Handicap last July) who won the G3 Ramser Stakes on this course at this mile trip last October, returning from a layoff similar to the won she came back from to win that day, for a hot trainer in Callaghan and with an underrated jockey in Blanc capable of getting her up in time to post the mild upset. City to City also has won at this G2 level, which is significant, having won the Palomar Handicap on the turf last September. Coming back from a month off after missing by just a length in the G2 Frankel Stakes over the course, she’s got a nice shot to return to top form as well. Vamo a Galupiar made her 2nd start in the U.S. and 2nd after 9 months off a winning one with a powerful rally from 15 back on 1/21 at this mile trip and as that was a non-graded stakes and as she won a Group 1 stakes in her native Chile she’s got a nice shot as well. Strawberrydaiquiri was a top notch runner in Europe in 2010, winning a pair of important Group stakes at Newmarket and Ascot. Of form last year, she finished 10th in her U.S. debut last fall but in the Grade 1 E P Taylor, so rested and dropped and perhaps with anything resembling her prior form she could have a say in the outcome, noting leading jockey Rosario gets on.

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