Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA 

Race 1

$25k claimers go a flat mile on the dirt, No. 1 Nahem gets a drop in class back to the level of his win and claim. That last work says he is ready. No. 3 Anxious Times also drops in class and will go much better at this level. 1-3

Race 2

Straight maidens travel a 1-1/8 on the grass, No. 3 Aztec Warrior comes off a good try first out going a mile on the grass, he will like the extra 1/8 of a mile. No. 4 Gio Mio by the great Gio Ponti just missed last out in his first grass start when bet down to 3/2, he looks the one to beat off of that race. No. 5 Gotnoquit was gaining on the winner last out when down on the inside going a mile on the grass, he is very live here. 3-4**-5

Race 3

THE GRADE III SANTA YNEZ

No. 5 One Last Shot is one of three runners in here for Baffert, this filly gets off the grass and back to a sprint and Mike Smith says he will ride and that suits us fine. No. 7 Pretty N Cool is her stablemate and she gets back to her best game sprinting. 5-7

Race 4

Statebred maiden 3yo fillies go 6 furlongs, No. 3 A Lucky Carry exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play off her near miss last time out when making a huge four wide run just missing by a neck going 5-1/2 furlongs, she will love the extra distance today. No. 6 Spread the Joy and No. 8 Dancing Sunset exit the same race and were right there. 3**-6-8

Key exacta box 3 with 6-8 and win and place 3

Race 5

Fillies and mares go a mile on the grass, No. 6 Evo Campo has really gotten good and won going a mile on the grass here back in October and then was a close second going 1-1/16 on the Del Mar grass, bet her to cash. No. 9 Tiz a Classy Lass is looking for her 3rd straight win going a mile on the grass, she is the main danger. 6-9

Race 6

THE GRADE III MIDNIGHT LUTE 

This race is loaded with early speed and that will set things up for the Jacobson shippers No. 7 Salutos Amigos who has been meeting some good ones, he will be flying late. 7

Race 7

In this wide open $12,500 claimer for non winners of two races, No. 8 Player’s Charm gets a slight drop in class and is in good form though he has never won here. No. 11 Whiskey Wild also gets a slight drop and that could get him home. 8-11

Race 8

THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL 

We will need to go four deep here in the late pick four using No. 2 Big John B, who looks the one to beat and is one of two runners in here for D’Amato; No. 5 Power Ped exits the same race as Big John and he had the lead down the lane but was caught by the tough Pizza Man; No. 8 Obviously will once again be the speed and play catch me if you can; No. 10 Chiropractor comes off a gutty win in the Grade I Hollywood Derby. 2-5-8-10

Race 9

$20k maidens go 1-1/16, No. 6 Radio Silence gets off the grass and drops from straight maidens and gets a major rider upgrade to Bejarano. No. 12 Magic Moon gets his third start at this level and he just missed last time, he finds little to beat. 6-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Trainer Blaine Wright has the uncoupled entry of No. 1 Saint Mamie who has 3 wins from her 7 starts here and No. 3 Twisted Ginger. 1-3

Race 2

Keith Desormeaux brings in the sneaky No. 1 Worldly Vision from Evangeline Downs, he is a must use in this soft spot. No. 2 Pick by the Box has hit the board in all six of his starts here. 1-2

Race 3

No. 6 Shackleford Banks is in top form and gets the move up off the Hollendorfer claim. No. 7 Mojave Desert has won 4 of his 8 starts here including his last two. No. 8 Anointed Waters gets his first start off the Wong claim. 6-7-8

Race 4

No. 1 Off the Deep End is the speed on the rail and he won his only start here going this 5 furlong turf distance. No. 7 Noble Hawk won his last start here going this distance on the grass. 1-7**

Race 5

No. 1 Kimnjet is the speed on the inside, he just missed last out and went wire-to-wire the race before. No. 3 Mr. Ornery has hit the board in all three of his starts here winning his last and now Baze gets the call. No. 8 Fighting On ships back in and gets a big drop in class. 1-3-8

Race 6

No. 1 Frandontjudge gets a huge drop in class, her $25k claim was voided two races back and those people must be happy as this mare must have some serious problems but is a must use at this level. No. 5 Seattle Firm is the stablemate of Fran and she also gets a drop in class. No. 7 Forever a Fan fits at this level. 1-5-7

Race 7

No. 1 Oneandonlyloveman is in tip top form. No. 4 The Gomper just missed when shipped here last out, he exits the same race as onlyloveman. No. 9 Tribal Dude beat them both last time out. No. 10 Prince Charmant also exits the race and could upset. 1-4-9-10

Trifecta box 1-4-9-10

Race 8

No. 3 Success Rate looks very solid here off that last work for Andy Mathis. No. 8 Native Treasure moves up off a nice win and looks the main danger. 3-8

Race 9

No. 3 Cackle the Cuda gets a big drop in class and will show all of his speed. No. 4 Sacred Temple also gets a big drop and will be part of the pace. No. 7 Court Contender is another big dropper and he will be closing on the top two. No. 8 Ghost of Navigator is another dropper closer. 3-4-7-8

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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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