Saber’s Horse Selections

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LOS ALAMITOS TB-GETAWAY DAY-SANTA ANITA OPENS DECEMBER 26TH

Race 1

No. 1 Bolt Up gets her first start off the Wong claim and this is one dangerous trainer and he sends her long. No. 2 Omorfi Kopella drops in with maiden claimers for the first-time and gets off the grass for the first-time, if she has anything left she wins. No. 4 Hayyouwaitforme gets the stretchout in this her second start for D’Amato who has won with 3 of his 5 starters with 2 thirds. 1-2-4

Exacta and trifecta box 1-2-4

Race 2

No. 2 Justonemorething drops into an action spot and gets the bug boy Lopez, No. 5 Hadfunlastnight gets a big drop second off the layoff, he is live. No. 6 Secret Command exits the same race as Hadfunlastnight. 2-5-6

Race 3

No. 1 Wise Tale ran a good second when dropped to this level last time out and now gets his first start off the O’Neill claim and O’Neill is trying to win the trainers title. No. 2 Metadago is in from the Gate for Wong and gets the stretchout in this his second start. No. 4 I Came to Party comes in from the Gate off a solid second on the grass at this mile distance, he gets the leading rider. 1-2-4

Exacta and trifecta box 1-2-4

Race 4

No. 2 Runningwiththelute drops in class looking for the win and Maldo will be trying hard as he is chasing Gonzalez for the riding title. No. 6 Warren’s Dixi Bell gets a double drop in class and will be the one to fear late. 2-6

Race 5

Tons of early zip in this five furlong sprint for 8k claimers, No. 5 Warrensdollarsigns will reap the benefits of a very fast early pace as will No. 7 Aloha Ke Akua. 5-7

Race 6

No. 4 Cupid is a 900k purchase and makes his first start for Baffert who puts in his go to rider up, he is out of the dam Pretty ’n Smart who has dropped 7 winners from 7 starters and his works look like 900k. 4

Race 7

No. 1 Athens has won two straight races including his last start here, No. 4 Jonny’s Choice comes off a big win here last out and now is claim proof in this starter allowance race. No. 5 Apollo Ten lost all shot at the break last out and now gets his first start off the 25k Hess claim. No. 6 My Secret Affair exits the same race as Apollo Ten, he just missed by a neck in that race. 1-4-5-6

Race 8

No. 1 Just Kidding is in top form and he broke his maiden over this track at this mile distance, No. 2 Texas Two Step is in from Kentucky for Peter Miller, he has a bullet work and Santiago Gonzalez gets the ride. They had high expectations for No. 6 Cyrus Alexander but he hasn’t lived up to them, he flopped on the grass and now gets back on the dirt and his best distance. 1-2-6

Race 9

No. 8 Daphne’s Day gets a better post today for this 5-1/2 furlong sprint, she exits the same race as No. 9 Mad Mango who finished second and now gets her first start off the O’Neill claim. 8-9

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Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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