Saber’s Horse Selections

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Monday, Presidents Say, February 15th

SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Almost Reality is 4/5 on the morning line and looks it. No. 2 Stylistic comes off a lengthy layoff but had some ability before going on the shelf and No. 4 Lucy De gets back on the dirt and will be making a late run. 1-2-4

Race 2

No. 8 Adios Princess drops and looks the one to beat with the hot riding Pratt getting the call. No. 2 Rockantharos gets back to 5-1/2 furlongs and will look improved today. No. 7 If You Believe looks live at first asking. 8**-2-7

Race 3

No. 4 Basinca just lost by a dwindling neck at this distance last out. No. 5 It’s The Ice exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play. No. 2 Moonlight Drive is in from France for Baffert and looks like a real runner. 2-4-5

Exacta box 2-4-5

Race 4

No. 4 Souper Knight is in from Aqueduct for Jacobson who looks to heat it up, if this gelding is half of what he was at the Big A he wins this. No. 2 Lieutenant Colonel looks the main dangers. 4***-2

Win and place 4

Race 5

No. 1 Nyquist makes his 3yo debut after winning the BC Juvenile to run his unbeaten streak to five in a row. No. 5 Exaggerator ran behind him in that race as he also makes his 3yo debut. Wesley Ward brings in No. 6 Sheikh of Sheikhs who is the price play along with the Jacobson runner No. 3 El Charro. 

1-5/ 3-6

Race 6

No. 5 Union Wine comes in from the Gate and draws Bejarano. No. 4 Awesome Image also is in from the Gate and he gets Pratt. No. 1 Boy Howdy looks live for Bill Spawr. 1-4-5

Race 7

No. 2 Missy Mouse gets back to his correct level. No. 3 Bosserette comes off a nice win. No. 5 Vocalist also drops to a level where she will be dangerous. 2-3-5

Race 8

No. 5 Intoxicating Move looked good winning last out down the hill and gets her first start off the Peter Miller claim. No. 8 Vanlose Stairway gets back to a sprint and fits. No. 1 Dauphine Russe ran good in her one race down the hill. 1-5-8

Race 9

You know how bad this field is when No. 7 Crushin Candy is the chalk with Vinnie Bednar riding for Keith Craigmyle. No. 8 Remember Clement drops and gets Prat and that 15-1 morning line will have us using him. No. 10 Materialistic is a first-time starter and that’s just what the doctor ordered at 10-1. 7-8-10

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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