Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 5 Cheekaboo looks to be a solid single off her last race going this mile distance on the grass, if she can take to the dirt her and jockey Bejarano will get home on top and we note that the filly who beat her last time out came right back to score next out. 5

Race 2

No. 2 Bijoux moved to the dirt last time out and got the easy maiden breaker, she worked a bullet on December 31st and looks well spotted, we will be singling her in the players pick five. 2

Win and place 2

Race 3

No. 1 Sizzlin’ Joe just missed last out going a mile on the grass for a price tag of 32k and is now in for 25k, Bejarano sticks and we note the one time he was on an off track he just missed by a nostril. No. 3 Dustin’s Passion gets a confident boost in class off the win when shipping in for Eurton. 1-3

Race 4

No. 1 Popsracer looks perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker and has a real nice last work, he will get a great rail trip. No. 3 Vartan woke up last time out when dropped to this level and getting Santiago Gonzalez who is back aboard today. No. 7 Commander King gets off the grass and drops to his lowest level. 1-3-7

Race 5

No. 1 Born to Serve has big early speed and those last two works says he is on go. No. 2 Templar drops and ran good at this level going a mile, he will like this 7 furlong distance. No. 7 Henry’s Holiday will be the one to fear late. 1-2-7

Race 6

Lots of early speed in here and that will lead us to No. 8 Girl Downstairs who will sit off the hot pace and launch turning for home, look for her to run them all down if the track is playing anywhere near fair. 8

Win and place 8

Race 7

No. 2 Ain’t Misbehavin drops trying to cash and will like this 1-1/16 distance, both of his wins came here. No. 7 Mr. Cartagena won wire-to-wire on the slop at Del Mar just in case of an off track and he also won here going 7 furlongs. No. 8 The Gold Monkey if a fit with these. 2-7-8

Race 8

No. 8 Sheer Pleasure has been facing better, she owns two wins here from her four starts on this course. No. 9 Lily Pod won in her only start here and beds down in the hot Baltas barn. 8-9

Race 9

Must take notice when Bejarano sticks around for the last race and he rides first-time starter No. 4 Madame Mousse who has a very good five furlong work here on the 3rd, we have No. 7 Ballerina Headline in from the Gate off a nice second and she gets Gonzo in the irons. 4-7

Pick four

6th 8

7th 2-7-8

8th 8-9

9th 4-7

CHECK FOR LATE SCRATCHES AND CHECK THAT THE SADDLE CLOTH NUMBERS MATCH OUR SELECTION NUMBERS.

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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