Saber’s Horse Selections

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PIMLICO – THE PREAKNESS STAKES

Race 13

There are some nice spots to bet and make some cash today but this may not be one of them as No. 3 NYQUIST is 3/5 on the morning line and even with all the rain in the forecast he looks 3/5 with this group. We will take our shot with the mud loving No. 5 EXAGGERATOR who has been looking great at the track and will try and turn the tables on NYQUIST who has gotten the best of him the four times the met, but he has been close and an off track could just get him home on top. We will play a tri and super like this 5 with 3 with 1 CHERRY WINE who won big on an off track and will be making a big late run. No. 6 LANI who was a better than looked 9th in the Kentucky Derby, No. 7 COLLECTED the Baffert runner who always gives his best and will be stalking with NYQUIST right behind him and No. 11 STRADIVARI a Todd Pletcher new shooter. 5 with 3 with 1-6-7-11, good luck and have a great time.

SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Maiden 3yo fillies go down the hill to start this eleven race card. No. 2 Shehastheritestuff is by the top turf sire Unusual Heat and gets Mike Smith for her debut race. No. 6 Warm Endowment is another Unusual Heat, she gets her first try on the grass. No. 8 All That Heat ran a close third going a mile on the grass and Bejarano gets back on today. 2-6-8

Race 2

No. 3 Boompa exits our HTW list, he gets his second start off the layoff. No. 7 Feynman has some big early speed and is properly spotted off the big maiden score. 3-7

Race 3

No. 3 Classico is in top form looking for his third straight win. No. 5 Navy Hymn is in the zone looking for his fourth straight win, he has hit the board first or second in all six of his starts. No. 7 Basinca drops and looks to upset from behind. 3-5-7

Race 4

Maiden fillies and mares go down the hill. No. 3 Unusually Talented is an Unusual Heat getting her first try down the hill. No. 6 Rebarules Again just missed down the hill on race back and that last work has her ready to fire a big shot. 3-6

Race 5

No. 3 Minster’sadventure will be hard to beat in this spot as she did not really care for the Los Al track. No. 6 Desert Madam likes this course and is in top form and gets a huge jock switch. 3-6

Pick three

3rd 3-5-7

4th 3-6

5th 3-6

Race 6

No. 4 Que Chistoso did not like the wet track last out, look for a big rebound today. No. 6 Radio Silent is in top form and is a perfect fit with this group. No. 9 Pioneerof the West exits the same race as Radio Silent and he beat him by a length, the price will be right with the new jock Giuseppe Ercegovic getting the call. 

4-6-9

Race 7

No. 1 Paiasolo exits our HTW list, he was sent over to Golden Gate and won for fun on the grass. Papa Mandella sends him 1-1/2 on the green today, after him this one is a grab bag. 1

Race 8

No. 1 Discatsonthesquare just missed last out and now gets his second start off the layoff. No. 3 My Fiona finished right behind the top choice. No. 4 Coppa comes off a nice win first out of the box and is a must use. No. 13 Girl Downstairs will go better today in his her second start off the layoff and Stew Elliot will be giving his all in this ride for Baffert. 1-4-13

Race 9

THE GRADE II $200K KONA GOLD AT 6-1/2 FURLONGS

No. 4 Coastline just missed in the Grade II San Carlos last out and that last work has him on go. No. 5 Cherubim exits our HTW list and is the barn mate of Coastline, his last work was a doozy! No. 10 San Onofre always gives his best and gets a great post for this as he will sit right behind the speed. 4-5-10

Race 10

$75K MIZDIRECTION STAKES

No. 3 Velvet Mesquite is a downhill specialist with six wins. No. 7 Miss Double d’Oro has won two of her three starts down the hill with a second. No. 9 Avenge and No. 10 Swift Lady both love this course and both get the best of the draw. 9**-10**/ 3-7

Race 11

The day ends with $20k maidens going 6 furlongs. No. 4 Spirit World just missed in his last two at this level and finds little to beat in here. No. 9 Hoosier Road has some good early foot and gets a little drop in class. No. 10 Dig for Gold is a very live first time starter for Ted West. 4-9-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Maiden 2yo fillies start a grab bag in the pick five. No. 5 Only You Babe ran a solid second first out of the box, after her its hit the all button. 5 (all)

Race 2

Baze gets on dropper No. 5 Luvuryan in this her second try on this circuit, after her any of the five other can win. 5

Race 3

They go a mile on the grass here. No. 2 Tizmiss has a bullet last work and can handle the grass. No. 5 Imakittensjoy is in from Turf Paradise for the sneaky Diodoro. No. 7 Practising comes off the layoff for Jack Steiner and looks to have a say with these. 2-5-7

Exacta box 2-5-7

Race 4

No. 6 Macho Bueno ran a good second in his first try at this level off the layoff, bet him to cash. 6

Race 5

In this 1-1/16 turf route for $16k claimers No. 1 Aventador gets Baze on board and the two times he rode this gelding he won both. No. 3 Unbridled Fire just missed in his last at this turf distance and now gets a little drop in class. 1-3

Race 6

No. 1 Step On the Gas looks to get back to his winning ways with the big drop in class. No. 7 Empty Headed is the barn mate of Step On the gas and will be making a big late run. 1-7

Race 7

$20k maidens go 1-1/16 on the grass. No. 2 Ace Deuce blew a six length lead in his first here on the grass with Stra riding, Baze says he will get him home today. No. 3 Blazing Image and No. 4 Troyes will be trying to run him down. 2-3-4

Race 8

No. 3 Compratore won like a good thing coming in from Santa Anita last out and now gets a confident boast in class. The same can be said about No. 6 Monitization. No. 10 Rock’n On Home also win in his first start here after shipping in from SA. 3-6-10

Race 9

They go a mile on the grass in this the next to last leg of the big .20 cent pick six. No. 2 Minister Vivendi drops and gets back on the grass where he has won three times here. No. 8 The Gray Hound comes off the layoff for Sherman and we note Baze gets on, he must be ready to run. 2-8

Race 10

$8k maiden 3yo fillies end this very tough pick six. No. 3 Quetta’s Day is the only first time starter in this field and we will be using her. No. 9 Donut Talk to Me is sitting on the win. No. 10 Adrian’s Girl ships in and gets the big drop in class. 3-9-10

Exacta box 3-9-10

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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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