Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 2 Appealing Lady exits our HTW list and is the filly to beat in this mile dirt race. No. 3 Art of War gets a needed drop in class and will wake up at this level. 2-3

Race 2

We get 4yo and up maidens going a mile on the dirt and this is one soft group. We will need to use the only first time starter No. 1 Tiz No Bluff and the only one in here who is not yet a professional maiden No. 3 Orion’s Belt who gets off the grass in this just his 3rd start. 1-3

Race 3

No. 3 Trelawny drops looking for a form turnaround. No. 5 Awesome Leap also drops and will be part of the early pace, he also gets Prat in this his second off the layoff. 3-5

Race 4

No. 3 Warrensdollarsigns just missed last time out going a mile and will love this 7 furlong distance. No. 6 No Tricks for Jack was a neck behind Warren. No. 7 Lil Cheyenne comes off a hard fought win and Bejarano sticks. 3-6-7

Race 5

Trainer Neil Drysdale has yet to win at the meet but could break his zero streak in this downhill maiden turf race as he sends out No. 2 Country Road a first timer with solid works and No. 3 Infinite Loop an Irish shipper with good works. No. 4 Lord of Chaos showed good early speed in his one race and it was down the hill. 2-3-4

Race 6

The pace up front will be very fast in this $16k 6 furlong sprint so we will use two who will sit off the hot pace and pounce down the lane. No. 5 Gold Chaser who just missed with a big late run last out and No. 7 Syndicated with Kent D getting on first off the Craig Lewis claim. 5**-7

Exacta box 5-7 and win and place 5

Race 7 

No. 3 Two Taps is back from New York for John Shirreffs and his go to ride Mike Smith gets the call. No. 5 Melanistic drops and gets Bejarano riding for Baltas and that is always a good sign. 3-5

Race 8

We will use two that are exiting the same race, No. 8 Lucky Cherry who finished fourth but had her number put up to third after trouble and No. 11 Icona who finished second by a neck and now gets a big jock upgrade. 8-11

Exacta box 8-11 and win and place 11

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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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