Handicapping Picks for 04/01/2012

Race #8 - Rating = 1
#5 Calimonco - Fair odds 3/1
#3 Make Music for Me - Fair odds 3/1

With it appearing that Dewey’s Special and Donato will both want the lead at any cost from the start and duel each other into submission, Calimonco appears ready to repeat his effort the last time he ran in a non-graded stakes like this one, off a short rest like the one he’s coming back from today last July at this mile trip, getting up by a nose on the wire with a strong 108 Equibase Speed Figure. His two most recent workouts over this turf course have been excellent and suggest that he can run his best, which should be good enough to win in this field. Make Music for Me earned his last win about the same time as the top pick did, last July, in a turf route, and he too is dropping from graded stakes so has a nice shot here, just needing to improve off his 2/9 comeback effort (before the grade 1 try) in which he rallied from 8th at the top of the stretch to be beaten just ¾ of a length, Garcia up then as now but not having ridden him in his poor effort last out.

Follow Me on Twitter @Ubercapper

You can get my selections and analysis for the entire Santa Anita card at www.equibase.com, www.trackmaster.com as well as at the Xpressbet, Twinspires, Keeneland Select and TVG handicapping stores.