Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA 

Race 1

No. 2 Classico drops and fits at this level. No. 3 Nusret exits the same race, a race in which he went wire-to-wire. No. 6 Nicaradalic Rocks also exits the race and gets Kent D back on board riding for his brother Keith, the last time this gelding won was when Kent was on board. 2-3-6

Race 2

4yo and up fillies and mares go a mile on the grass and there is speed, speed and more speed in here which will set things up for someone to come from off the hot pace. No. 1 Ashley’s Sassy drops in class and gets Flavien Pratt and a nice last work, the price should be right. No. 3 Kiss At Midnight also drops and gets her first try on the green. 1-3

Race 3

Maiden 3yo go 5-1/2 furlongs. Baffert sends out the $500k purchase No. 3 Big Red Rocket off his signature back to back five furlong works. He also sends out No. 5 Journey by Sea who is moving forward and gets Stevens in the irons. 3-5

Race 4

Here we get $20k maiden claimers going 6 furlongs. No. 2 Profound Visionary has some good early speed, if able to clear he could get brave. No. 5 Adair exits the same race, he also has some speed and Maldo will be gunning from the bell. 2-5

Race 5

$8k claimers travel 6 furlongs. No. 2 Awesome Leap had trouble in his last trip when dropped to $10k, he now drops again. No. 3 Tripski gets a huge drop in class and is a must use with Prat riding. No. 5 Bluegrass Sight gets a double drop off the Hess claim and that is not good but he has some early speed that could play well in here. No. 11 Red N Black Attack comes back South off the John Martin claim. 2-3-5-11

Race 6

THE $100K SENSATIONAL STAR GOING DOWN THE HILL

No. 7 Forest Chatter is a perfect 5 for 5 going down the hill and looks to lay over this field on this downhill turf course. No. 8 Richard’s Boy has won 2 of 3 on this course, just toss his last start on the dirt. 

7-8

Race 7

$25k claimers go 6-1/2 furlongs on the dirt. No. 1 Red Creme gets his first start off the $25k Jacobson claim up at the Gate, he is very consistent. No. 3 Basmati drops and will be very dangerous at this level. No. 6 Too Fast to Pass exits the same race as Basmati and owns back to back bullet works. No. 10 Pray Hard gets his first start off the $20k Hollendorfer claim. 1-3-6-10

Race 8

We get 4yo and up fillies and mares going 6 furlongs in this $20k optional claimer. No. 1 Air of Royalty drops in class and is up for the $20k price tag. No. 4 Lakia had her race over the track and looks set for her best. No. 7 Madame Mousse is perfectly spotted off the maiden win. 1-4-7

Race 9

3yo maiden fillies go down the hill. No. 9 Newcomb makes her 3yo debut after being sent off the 5/2 favorite in her one start last year going 5-1/2 furlongs at Laurel. Van Dyke rides for Tom Proctor and that is always a good sign. Let’s give No. 11 How Unusual another shot with this great post, she is bred for this trip on the grass. No. 12 Lovely Raquel is a first time Scat Daddy who will like the grass. 9-11-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Ronda Rocks gets her first start off the Tim McCanna claim and she will be the speed. No. 3 Frandontjudge drops and will try and run down Ronda. 2-3

Race 2

No. 1 Summerize drops in with $20k maiden claimers and will go much better with these. No. 3 Better in Leather ran her best race at this level and distance. No. 4 And in the End is in from Santa Anita and may like it here. 1-3-4

Race 3

No. 2 Increase got the win last out when shipped in and dropped, he is perfectly spotted. No. 3 Sandor the Hound drops in half and will be right there. No. 5 Dench just missed by a head at this level last out.

2-3-5

Race 4

No. 4 Nahem has speed and gets Baze riding for his buddy Hollendorfer. No. 3 Mighty Marino gets his second start off the layoff and will be making a late run at Nahem. 3-4

Race 5

No. 5 Donut Talk to Me drops and finds little to beat. No. 7 Renegade Run exits the same race and will be the speed. 5-7

Race 6

No. 2 Mal Verde finds a field loaded with early speed. He will sit and pounce down the lane, he looks to be a short price winner and single in the late pick four. No. 4 Unbridled Fire is looking for the hat trick and bet Mal Verde last time out. 2-4

Race 7

Miyadi brings in No. 2 Lucky Cherry from Santa Anita and gives this filly a huge drop in class, she looks odds on. No. 3 Sarno’s B F F ran crazy here in her first start when she shipped in, if able to keep her head straight she will be a danger. 2-3

Race 8

No. 3 Mon Mousse and No. 4 Quackin exit the same race, a race in which Quackin won. No. 5 Life Is a Joy is in good form and gets his first start off the claim. 3-4-5

Race 9

No. 2 Super Hawk has run back to back good races going a mile and now goes 1-1/16. No. 4 Gio Mio exits the same race. 2-4

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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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