Handicapping Picks for 04/05/2012

Race #7 - Rating = 2
#4 Ricketyracketyruss - Fair odds 5/2
#1 Triveni - Fair odds 5/2
#6 Caelis - Fair odds 5/2

Exacta: Box 1,4,6

Ricketyracketyruss came back from 12 months off on 2/3 in a sprint at this level, having won at this 9 furlong turf trip the ONLY time she tried it last February, here at SA and most importantly on the stretch out off a sprint. As the pattern suggests, she’s in line for big improvement going long on grass today and with Blinkers on for the hot Sadler barn and as such she gets top billing among three that can succeed. Triveni was making her US debut and first start after 4 ½ months off on 3/8 at this level at a mile and finished 5th of 8 when in need of the experience, so has good potential to improve, perhaps a lot, with leading jockey Rosario seeing fit to ride as she gets the ground saving rail as well and as she won against winners at 10 furlongs in France last March, proving this distance and competition may be no issue at all. Caelis has finished 2nd in her last 2, both routes, her 2nd and 3rd US starts, the better of the 2 efforts coming at this 9 furlong trip against rising star Rosehill Dew. With a positive jockey change to Gomez and back at the trip she ran the best at so far, she’s got a big shot to be part of the exacta once again at the very least.

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