Handicapping Picks for 03/31/2012

Race #8 - Rating = 2
#1 Heleonor Rugby - Fair odds 3/1
#2 Starry Skies - Fair odds 7/2
#6 Starlight Magic - Fair odds 7/2

In another deep field, others that can be considered for pick 3 and 4 tickets are #4 Vicki Victoria, #8 Briteness, #11 Caribaya Queen and #10 Belloma.

Heleonor Rugby was coming back from 5 ½ months off in the classified allowance race won by Vicki Victoria and with 3 others in this field ran. She may have run better than 4th but had to wait for room to run at a critical stage of the race, so with a jockey change to hustling Maldonado this gal who won the similar General Portion Stakes in August could return to Cal-Bred Stakes winning form. Starry Skies broke her maiden in her debut last out on 3/2 on the turf but with a best last race Equibase Speed Figure of 90, and even though she loses Rosario to Briteness she picks up Gomez and certainly can improve in her 2nd career start so the biggest question concerning whether she can win her 2nd in a row is whether she can transform that form to the main track. Starlight Magic comes back from 5 months off, last seen winning 2 in a row including the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies, following her maiden win (which is why Starry Skies has a shot to win this stakes off a maiden win). She’s been working very fast for her return and has won at this 6 ½ furlong trip here at SA so rounds out our trio of contenders.

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