Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA 

Race 1

O’Neill claimed No. 1 Edzactly for $20k off a huge maiden win. He ran second in his first start off the claim but did not like the surface in his last and now drops into this $12,500 race as the connections look to get out. Karen Headley has been dynamite with comebacks and she sends out No. 5 Night Badger off an 8 month rest and some good works. 1-5

Exacta box 1-5 and win and place 5

Race 2

Maiden 3yo go six furlongs. No. 2 Gavin Streetsense comes off the layoff for Baltas, he ran big in his first start at Del Mar and that last work says go. No. 4 Steely Jack ran a nice even race despite trouble in start number one, he can only move forward with the hot riding Maldanado. Baffert sends out first time starter No. 5 Westfest off of 7 straight five furlong works, this one is ready to fire. 2-4-5

Race 3

No. 2 Yana goes from sprint to route to sprint and this trainer hits at 55% with this move. No. 6 Revenue Virginius is in top form looking for the hat trick. 2-6

Race 4

$40k maiden 3yo fillies go six furlongs. No. 2 Space Cadet is a first time starter with top connections and win early breeding, after her this one is up for grabs, we will take out chances and single in the picks.

2***

Race 5

THE GRADE II SANTA ANA GOING 1-1/8 ON THE GRASS

No. 1 Her Emmynency is a Grade I winner getting her second start off the layoff. She ran good in the Grade II Buena Vista and looks the one to beat. Trainer Mott ships in No. 6 Tuttipaesi and her ride Chris Decarlo comes with her. No. 5 Glory is the speed and can get real brave if left alone on the front end. 

1-6-5

Race 6

Maiden 3yo and up $30k fillies and mares go 1-1/16. No. 6 Twosome ran a good 3rd at this distance with straight maidens last out but took off two months and drops off some lack luster works. No. 9 Blue Chat has run good in back to back starts since dropped to this level and finds little to beat but she also has so so works. No. 5 Arewehavingfunyet gets Bejarano on the big drop. 6-9-5??

Race 7

The last time No. 1 Q’ Viva ran on the dirt she got the win. No. 2 Minster’sadventure has only ran one bad race and we will forgive that one as she moves back to a sprint.. 1-2

Race 8

In this mile turf race No. 3 Eight Spokes has shown a will to win and he does own a turf win here at the distance. No. 5 Brandothebartender won at first asking down the hill after hopping and bobbling at the start. No. 8 The Last Express exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play and will be our play in this race. 8

Win and lace 8

Race 9

No. 3 Noble Kent is a real pro and has won 5 of his 12 starts here and likes this distance, he can stand the class hike. No. 4 Roman Tizzy is in good form and won for this price tag one race back. No. 6 A Colt Following has won 4 of 9 here and 3 of 6 going this mile distance. No. 9 Carlsbad Mountain is the speed of the speed and has won 3 of 5 with 2 seconds going a mile. 3-4-6-9

Race 10

We get $8k claimers going 6-1/2 furlongs. No. 3 Vartan gets his second start since moving to the Spawr barn and has a nice last work. No. 4 Justonemorething drops and gets his second start for Baltas and he also has a nice last work. No. 6 Tannersmymuscle comes off a huge win here on the 18th for a $12,500 price tag, he is back in just 8 days as his trainer strikes while the iron is hot. 3-4-6

Race 11

The late pick four ends with a doozy as we get maiden 3yo fillies going 1-1/8 on the grass. No. 4 Last Resort at least ran this distance last out finishing second but was five lengths behind the winner but hat was her best effort and looks the one to beat. No. 10 Starlite Style beds down in a sneaky barn and is better than her last, the move to the outside will help in this case. No. 12 Goodlookinwife gets her second start and should love this distance. 4-10-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Trainer Kitchingman has won with 4 of his 11 starters here with 4 seconds and he sends out shipper No. 2 Summer Veil who will be odds on, we will do the elpaso….

Race 2

No. 1 Sunshine Serenade gets the big drop in class and will be another odds on runner, we will be dong another elpaso….

Race 3

No. 1 King’s to You ran a nice even race in his first with winners and that 8/1 morning line looks juicy. We will take our shot with him. 1

Win and place 1

Race 4

No. 2 Cape Flattery just missed when dropped to this level last time out and will be hard to beat today. No. 3 Ihearditallbefore beat Cape Flattery one race back, he exits a good race and gets his first start at  this level. 2-3

Exacta box 2-3

Race 5

Hollendorfer ships in No. 3 Viviendo El Sueno from Santa Anita and Baze gets the call as he stretches out. No. 6 Sugar Buzz also comes to town. 3-6

Race 6

No. 3 Valiant Flame has run back to back better than looked races and the drop can only help. No. 4 Pete’s Slew is a win machine and gets his first start off the claim, he can handle the rise in class. No. 6 Elmonte Cristo drops off the win and will be short. 3-4-6

Race 7

No. 2 A Little Luckier drops back to the level of her near miss. No. 4 An Unusual Group was third behind A Little Luckier in that race and is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. 2-4

Exacta box 2-4 and win and place 4

Race 8

No. 5 Slycy knows where the finish line is, this 9yo gelding just got claimed by Hollendorfer for $25k. No. 6 My Friend Emma adds speed to the race and if she hooks up with Slycy it sets things up for No. 8 Private Joke who will be rolling late. 5-6-8

Race 9

No. 6 Council Miss has never run a bad race in her five starts and is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker. No. 7 Hula Girl drops into an action spot and is a must use at 12/1. No. 9 Pray Anyway has speed and will show it with the drop to this level. 6-7-9

Exacta box 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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