Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Tribal Fighter did not break from the gate in his first start and was really eased, toss out that race and give this colt another shot with Bejarano getting the call today. No. 5 Jazzie Cat ran big first out just missing by a dwindling head, he now gets a move up with straight maidens but may be able to stand the jump. 1-5

Race 2

20k maiden fillies and mares 4yo and up travel 5-1/2 furlongs, jockey David Lopez gets back on No. 4 Warren’s Honey Bee, she ran second at this level and distance the only time he rode her and that was her best lifetime effort. Trainer Hector Palma can sometimes strike with a first-time starter and he sends out No. 6 Plus Perfect off some very nice works and the other bug boy Bryan Pena gets the call. No. 8 Warren’s Super Cat is the barn mate of Honey Bee, this mare drops in with maiden claimers for the first-time and has a nice last work. 4-6-8

Race 3

THE 75K PASADENA GOING A MILE ON THE GRASS

No. 1 Dressed in Hermes tried the big 3yo on the dirt last out and now gets back on his best surface. No. 2 It’s The Ice is the speed and if left alone on the front end he could be gone. No. 6 Arcature broke his maiden first out of the box going this mile distance at Del Mar last August, he starts his 3yo career.  1-2-6

Race 4

$12.500 claimers go the tough distance of 7 furlongs. No. 4 Where’s Bubba broke his maiden wire-to-wire at this distance and has finished second and third in his other two at 7 furlongs ,he comes off the layoff but that last work says he is on go. No. 5 The Custodian and No. 7 Gambler’s Roll both get big drops in class and will be the danger. 4-5-7

Race 5

Lots of early zip in this 6-1/2 furlong sprint and that has us looking for a girl who will come running late. No. 3 Alwazabridesmaid came off the layoff and made quick work of her field last out, she can sit and pounce at will. No. 7 Blushing Angel is a confirmed closer and will be heard from down the lane. 3**-7

Race 6

Another race just loaded with early speed. No. 7 Apollo Ten is the closer, he just did miss last out after a wide rally, he gets a move up in class and the price will be right, we will take our shot and single at a big price. 7

Win and place 7

Race 7

No. 3 Wrightwood gets a big drop in class and a break in the weights. No. 6 My Ole Bud looks perfectly spotted off the maiden win. 3-6

Race 8

SAN LUIS REY GRADE II GOING 1-1/2 MILES ON THE GRASS

No. 3 Power Foot can gets this distance and finished 3rd in this race last year. No. 7 Havanna Belle comes off the win in the Astra at this distance on the grass back in January. No. 11 Big John B will be launching late. 3-7-11

Race 9

In what is a very soft group of 30k maiden claimers we will take a look at first-time starter No. 6 Spanish Hombre who is out of the dam My Kitty and she has dropped 2 winners from 2 starters. No. 7 Navy Hymn comes off the layoff and drops in class and looks very short with these, we must be careful as he has burned a lot of cash finished second in all three of his starts at 6/5/5/2 and 9/5. No. 9 Mountain Hero showed he can sit last time out and Flavien Prat gets the call today. 6-7-9

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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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