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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekend Handicapping: R Holiday Mood in The Hurricane Bertie at GP

Good morning everyone! I'm experiencing computer issues today, so I apologize for this edition of Weekend Handicapping being short.  Today at Gulfstream is the 14th running of the The Hurricane Bertie (G3) for fillies and mares 4YO and upwards going 6 1/2 furlongs. We have seen several of these girls before and it should be an interesting race.

Contenders:

#3 R Holiday Mood ML 6/1

We had her in the Ocala $60K last time out and see no reason she can't repeat here. Cutting back in distance should suite her fine and see this race as a natural progression for her. It's hard to ignore a Pletcher/Velasquez combination and she gets 5 pound weight break to boot.

# 7 Her Smile ML 5/2

You can't ignore this fillies class. Having won the Prioress (G1) at Belmont and a nice showing in the Breeders Cup Sprint finishing third.  She has the speed and gets Castellano back, so she will be a tough customer. The only issue she has been off for awhile, and history shows she needs one before finding her groove.

#1 Pica Slew ML 5/1

She almost won the Sugar Swirl before a solid Pomeroy Pistol overhauled her.  Has won at this level and looks like Brian Lynch has her perfectly positioned for today.  If she can find that 3YO speed she could go wire to wire over this field. 

Selection:

3 - 7 - 1
  

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