Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Casino Fever lost her first two starts vs. straight maidens at even money, she now drops in with maiden claimers and will be odds on. No. 3 Goliath’s Girl is a live first-time starter for D’Amato. No. 5 Paschalitsa also drops in with maiden claimers in this her third start, she was close in her last. The hot riding Santiago Gonzalez gets on first-time starter No. 7 Herunbridledpower who looks like a runner for Steve Miyadi. 2-3-5-7

Race 2

No. 4 Alwazabridesmaid gets her second start off the layoff, she broke her maiden here last February and that last work says she is on go, we will single in the pick five. 4

Win and place 4

Race 3

No one in this 75k maiden claimer no one has run well enough to bet on so we will opt for a few first-time starters starting with No. 1 Mr. Opportunist for Sadler and No. 3 One More Orman for Hollendorfer and No. 6 One More Round for O’Neill. 1-3-6

Race 4

Maidens go down the hill. No. 4 At Ease gets a turn back in distance and just may take to this tricky downhill turf course. No. 5 Diablo Caballero is an 11 race loser but his closes call was a nose loss going down the hill. No. 14 Heat has a big shot if he draws in from the also list. 4-5-14

Race 5

No. 2 Rockin Bayou won at first asking and then was up against it when facing Nyquist in the Del Mar Futurity. No. 7 Street Vision also was up against it when running in the Bob Hope in his last start, he is at his level and distance. 2-7

Race 6

Baffert and Bejarano hook up with the 700k purchase No. 1 Faithfully who has been working with a purpose. No. 9 Rockandtharos showed good early speed in her one and only start and will be gunning from the bell with Maldonado up. 1-9

Race 7

THE GRADE II MONROVIA

Down the hill they go in the Monrovia. No. 1 Singing Kitty won the Unzip Me going down the hill in her only try she loses Bejarano who opts for No. 7 Velvet Mesquite who exits our HTW list but Stevens hops on the Singing Kitty. No. 6 Shrinking Violet comes back to town for Wesley Ward and she won this race last year. 1-6-7

Exacta box 1-6-7 and win and place 7

Race 8

Must take note when Kent D gets on a horse for Hess and he hops on No. 1 Apollo Ten. No. 9 Rolo Tamaci gets back to a sprint and Baltas has been on fire. No. 7 Lambo Luxx gets off the grass and back to his best game. 1-7-9

Race 9

50k claimers go a mile on the grass. No. 2 Image of Joplin is the speed with the bug boy Kennedy and this 5yo gelding won here going a mile on the grass wire-to-wire. No. 5 Lovenseek gets his first start off the O’Neill claim and Gonzalez gets the call and he also has some good early speed and is a two time winner here. Kent D gets on No. 7 Tattenham who gets his second start on the West Coast. Baltas sends out No. 10 Hobbits Hero who has won 4 of 5 starts here and is the one to beat. 2-5-7-10**

Key exacta box 10 with 2-5-7

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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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