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Saturday picks

Updated: February 3, 2006, 6:18 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

Getting excited about racing in early February is unusual for me, but I'm looking forward to Saturday's cards at Gulfstream and Santa Anita. The Donn Handicap tops a stakes-filled program in South Florida, and the return of Giacomo, last year's Kentucky Derby winner, highlights the Strub Stakes out west.

Oddly, I won't be betting on the three horses that interest me most - Giacomo, First Samurai and Barbaro. Giacomo hasn't run since finishing up the track in the Belmont Stakes, and he looks ...

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