Handicapping Picks for 04/19/2012

Race #7 - Rating = 2
#7 Courtside - Fair odds 7/5
#2 Derive - Fair odds 2/1
#6 Hoorayforhollywood - Fair odds 5/2

For pick 3 and 4 tickets played also consider #4 Off the Wall

Courtside has won 5 of 10 career races on the main track, including a pair here at Santa Anita, the most representative of those wins coming last October, off a short layoff just like the one he’s coming back from today, when leading from start to finish in the Cal Cup Sprint Stakes. With a pair of superb recent workouts over the track signaling top form and with an early pace edge if he wants to use it as well as with Rosario up today as for ALL FIVE of his wins, Courtside could run them off their feet today.

Derive enters the race on a six race streak, all at Turf Paradise in Arizona, starting in a lowly claiming race and ending with a pair of stakes wins, the most recent on 3/24 earning a very strong 108 Equibase Speed Figure that matches up with the 107 Courtside earned in his stakes victory in the fall. With his regular rider Carreno coming in from Arizona to ride, Derive has every right to win his 7th in a row.

Hoorayforhollywood rallied fast from 8th to make the lead in the stretch last out on 3/3 over the track at 7 furlongs and held on by a nose in a fine effort and as he held his form for 4 straight races between February and November of last year he’s got every right to be in the thick of the action on the wire once again.

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