Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

Flavien Prat gets on No. 4 A Colt Following for Peter Miller, he loves this track and is spotted for the win, we will single in the pick five.

WIN AND PLACE 4

Race 2

20k maiden fillies and mares go six furlongs. No. 3 Watch Me Now drops trying to cash. No. 4 Euphemistic gets a little drop and a break in the weights with the bug boy Lindsay getting the call. No. 9 Dixie Dame is the speed. 3-4-9

Race 3

No. 1 Alwazabridesmaid has done little wrong in her 4yo campaign with two wins and a second. No. 2 Gloryzapper comes off the layoff for D’Amato  and this filly ran three times last year with two wins and a second. 1-2

Race 4

In this 12,500 claimer for fillies and mares traveling 1-1/16 No. 3 Ipray drops off the win for Hector Palma but Bejarano sticks as they strike while the iron is hot. No. 5 Guessed Right has dangerous speed on the drop down. 3-5

Race 5

50k maidens go six furlongs, no one can win this race on paper. No. 1 Red Car Mac drops in this his second start and he had trouble in his one and only. No. 2 Royal Privacy is a first-time starter for Owens with the long shot jock Kayla Stra getting the call, this gelding is a must use. No. 4 Ree O Kerr drops from straight maidens and will show all of his early speed with Maldonado gunning. No. 9 Summer Chat also has some good early speed. 1-2-4-9

Pick five

1st 4

2nd 3-4-9

3rd 1-2

4th 3-5

5th 1-2-4-9

Race 6

3yo maidens go 6-1/2 furlongs. No. 2 Jaw Dropper is a 550k purchase by Gary and Mary West and Bejarano rides for Baffert, all systems are go. No. 4 Accelerate showed good early speed in his one start at Los Al when well bet and just missing by a half length. No. 7 Vinz Clortho exits our HTW list off a better than looked effort last out. 2***-4-7

Key exacta box 2 with 4-7 and win and place 2

Race 7

No. 2 Sweet exits our HTW list off a big try when coming off the layoff for papa Mandella. No. 1 Zip N Bayou exits the same race and was just 1/4 of a length behind Sweet. 1-2**

Race 8

No. 9 Alexita gets her second start off the layoff and a big drop in class, that last 7 furlong work has her ready for the win. No. 10 Stellata looks the main danger off her last. 9-10

Race 9

THE 200K CALIFORNIAN AT 1-1/8 ON THE DIRT

No. 2 Lieutenant Colonel is the speed and will be all alone on the front end. No. 4 Point Piper is back from Oaklawn Park where he ran third in the Oaklawn Handicap. No. 7 Hard Aces is a fit with this crew. 2-4-7

Race 10

Down the hill they go to end the big day of racing. No. 1 Pearl de Vere drops and loves this course. No. 8 Behest won in her only try down the hill and can win off the layoff. No. 10 Blake’s Magic comes off a long layoff but the fact the Kent D sticks around to ride says we must use. 1-8-10

Pick four

7th 1-2

8th 9-10

9th 2-4-7

10th 1-8-10

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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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