Handicapping Picks for 02/26/2012

Race #1 - Rating = 3
#5 Light of Life - Fair odds 9/5
#2 Nihilist - Fair odds 2/1

Light of Life made her debut last August and finished 4th of 11, making my horses to watch list at the same time as she showed a good deal of late energy after breaking slowly to be last. More mature physically and likely mentally as a 3 year old, she shows some excellent recent workouts, likely in the blinkers she’ll wear for the first time today, and in this short field with improvement off that debut effort she can win. Nihilist will likely be the prohibitive favorite at post time and has the rest of the bulk of the probability to win, having led late and missing by just a half-length in her debut last September then returning to the races in January and getting into a torrid early pace battle before tiring to 4th, likely to improve 2nd off the layoff and possibly a lone frontrunner today.

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