Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 2 Hobbits Hero has won 4 of his 7 turf starts here and his last win came when Bejarano rode him and he is back aboard today. No. 6 Tale of a Champion drops in class and gets back to a distance where he has won 3 of 6, look for a big turnaround today. 2-6

Race 2

No. 2 Alyeska looks like a nice price play as she catches a field loaded with early speed, she will be making a late run. No. 3 Prince Valiant can stand the heat may take back a little today with Prat riding. No. 4 Uptown Rythem comes off a big maiden score and may stand the rise. 2-3-4

Double 

1st 2-6

2nd 2-3-4

Race 3

This is one wide open $20k maiden race going 7 furlongs. No. 1 Lob City drops in with maiden claimers once again and this will be the lowest she has run for. No. 2 Ryderroo is a 6yo mare who has lost 16 times and will be one of the top choices and that is how bad this field is. No. 6 Sheswildnfree may like this distance. 1-2-6

Race 4

No. 3 Hayyouwaitforme comes off the layoff, she won before going on the shelf and it is good to see her coming back for a higher tag for a sharp barn. No. 4 Spot Special is the speed as she moves from the grass back to dirt, she finished second in her two dirt starts. No. 5 Appealing Lady comes off a good maiden breaker at this mile dirt distance. 3-4-5

Race 5

No. 2 Pepnic gets the stretchout in this his second off the layoff, he was a fast closing 4th going down the hill in his last start and likes this mile turf distance. No. 6 Rockin Robin drops in class and also gets the stretchout today. 2-6

Race 6

No. 2 Matriculate has done little since his huge maiden score last May but could wake up in this spot off a big last work. No. 4 Devils Informer broke his maiden at first asking at Del Mar last year and went on the shelf, he comes back in a tough spot by D’Amato looks to have him ready. 2-4

Race 7

No. 2 Nancy From Nairobi comes off a nice win on the grass and fits with this crew. No. 5 Off the Road gets her second start in the states and Prat rides for Mandella and that’s a good sign. No. 7 Glory gets some class relief and looks the speed. 2-5-7

Race 8

We are going five deep in this $3k maiden race at 6-1/2 furlongs. No. 1 Little Mustard comes off a good second last out. No. 2 Unbridled Rocket gets his second off the layoff and Bejarano gets the call, he exits the same race as Mustard. No. 3 Mesa View also gets his second start off the layoff and also exits the Mustard race. Trainer Steven Miyadi sends out two runners, first time starter No. 5 Skookum Spirit for Tommy Town and comebacker and dropper No. 8 Oh Mercy Me, we must use both. 1-2-3-5-8

Pick four

5th 2-6

6th 2-4

7th 2-5-7

8th 1-2-3-5-8

Dime super box 1-2-3-5-8

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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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