Saber’s Horse Selections

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RACE 1

No. 2 Room On the Broom owns a win and two second in her three lifetime starts and just finished second behind No. 6 Kellianne Can Can who will once again be making a big late run. No. 3 Gone to Bali comes off a nice win at this distance when breaking her maiden on the drop, she is a fit. 2-3-6

RACE 2

No. 1 Codacious exits our HTW list off a nice dirt win when making a five wide move to win with authority, she can handle the grass. No. 2 Dauphine Russe is in from Florida via New York for David Jacobson who is due for a win here. No. 3 Pearl de Vere comes off of back to back wins down the hill and gets her first start off the Peter Miller claim. 1-2-3

RACE 3

No. 3 Desert Madam never ran a step when stretchedout in her last start, she drops in class and gets back to a sprint. No. 4 Smooth Talker is on a win every other race pattern and this is her lose race but we must use in this soft field. 3-4

RACE 4

No. 5 Blue Chat gets off the grass and back to her best surface and the drop back in with maidens makes her the one to beat. No. 6 Family Forever exits our HTW list off a big try first out going this mile distance. 

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RACE 5

No. 2 Orion’s Belt exits a key race, he gets stretched out to 1-1/8 in this his second start. No. 3 Seedsandstemsagain has had his chances but is a must use in the exotics. The same can be said about No. 5 Dylan Ward who has finished second in six of his eleven starts. 2-3-5

RACE 6

No. 3 Mr. Jay D has two very good works heading into this race. No. 7 Basmati has won four of his last five starts with a second and beds down in the hot Baltas barn. No. 9 Where Y’at Joe Joe doesn’t run them alike but after a bad race he runs a good race and this is his good race. 3-7-9

RACE 7

No. 3 Magnolias in Bloom won sprinting at Belmont on the grass, he comes off a good effort going a mile on the grass and now will go down the hill. No. 7 Compel is in from over the pond for Baltas and this filly sprinted good on the grass there. No. 9 Optimism And Hope goes down the hill after four runs at a mile, the good turf jock Brice Blanc gets the leg up for D’Amato. 3-7-9

RACE 8

Kent D rides the last race and we always take note. He is on No. 4 Passau for his brother Keith and drops into an action spot. No. 6 The Silent One and No. 9 Que Chistoso (funny in Spanish) are both live first time starters. 4-6-9

Exacta box 4-6-9

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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