Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 1 Secret Command gets his first start off the Craig Lewis claim and off the win, he has run good here and fits at this level and the bug boy David Lopez gets the call. We look for him to sit back and make one run down the lane to get the win, we will single in the pick five.

WIN AND PLACE 1

Race 2

No. 1 Quinnette is in top form and likes this mile distance, she gets a boost in class. No. 3 Enduring Erin drops and gets Mike Smith riding for Hess. No. 5 Light Striker exits the same race as Quinnette, she will try and make a late run. 1-3-5

Race 3

No. 1 Ryderroo has been off a long time but if she can still run a lick she beats this crew. No. 4 Secret Chords is the speed but comes off a voided claim, all must be well now. 1-4

Race 4

No. 5 Stole a Kiss owns a win here going this 1-1/8 turf distance. No. 6 Dressed to a T ran good in her two turf starts at Del Mar in November winning one and losing the other by 3/4 of a length to No. 9 Peggy Sue’s Loose who gets Prat today. No. 8 Diamond Cut also owns a win here at the distance and gets her 3rd start off the little layoff. 5-6-8-9

Race 5

No. 1 Diablo Caballero actually broke his maiden here back in October but had his number taken down so he is still a maiden, he gets off the grass and gets the hot riding Santiago Gonzalez, trainer Baffert is heating up and he sends out second time starter No. 2 Mighty Mousse who was last at .50 cents on the dollar first out and now gets Mr. B’s go to rider. 1-2

Race 6

No early speed in this 1-1/16 route and this one is very wide open and we will need to go deep using No. 2 Book Thirty Four whose only win came here and he will be near the front end. No. 6 Black Tie who just may find himself on the front end and he gets Lopez today. No. 7 It Behooves Me who gets stretched back out in this his second off the layoff and Maldonado just may be gunning. 2-6-7 (all)

Race 7

THE 75K ASTRA GOING 1-1/2 ON THE GRASS

No. 1 Fresh Feline exits the Grade III R J Frankel she is proven at 1-1/4 on the grass so she should get the distance. No. 2 Gaga A won here at this turf distance back in June. No. 9 Sweet as a Rose will be making her usual late run. 1-2-9

Race 8

No. 3 Sooner Time gets a little drop in class and will sit right off the hot pace. Bejarano gets on No. 10 Tribal Headdress who is in top form, she is the closer of the race and will get the perfect trip. 3-10

Race 9

3yo maiden fillies go down the hill. No. 2 Nodiac exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play, bet her to cash!

Win and place 2

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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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