Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

We start the day with the downhill $75k Siren Lure and they could only get five runners signed on to go down the hill and any of the five can win. No. 1 Hunt looked good winning his last off the little layoff and beds down in the red hot D’Amato barn. No. 2 Miss Double d’Oro is in fine form and likes this layout. No. 3 Toowindytohaulrox is the stablemate of Hunt, he comes off the layoff and was last seen winning the Grade III Daytona down the hill. 1-2-3

Race 2

Maidens go 1-1/16 on the dirt. No. 3 Arrogate exits our HTW list off a solid try first out of the box at Los Al going 6 furlongs, he gets the stretchout by Baffert and Bejarano gets the call. No. 6 Giant Expectations also exits our HTW list and comes off a good try despite the stumble at the start. 3-6

Race 3

$20k maidens go the tough distance of 7 furlongs. No. 1 Little Mustard has been right there in his last two starts at the $30k level and may find this group to his liking, we will single in the pick five. 1

Race 4

Fillies and mares go down the hill. No. 2 Shysheisnot just missed by a head last out down the hill when No. 6 Doodetta nailed her on the money. No. 5 Fruity exits our HTW list off a solid try down the hill last out, she looks to be coming around. 2-5-6

Race 5

More maidens go 7 furlongs for a $20k price tag. No. 4 Jason X L drops a notch and gets Bejarano back in the irons. No. 6 Bundesliga is a first time Baffert who could be dangerous in the very soft spot. 4-6

Pick five 

1st 1-2-3

2nd 3-6

3rd 1

4th 2-5-6

5th 4-6

Race 6

Maidens go down the hill. No. 2 Airlite ran a real nice even race in his first start and it was down the hill. No. 5 Giant Influence ran a solid 3rd in his one start when battling tooth and nail from the bell, he will like this course. No. 6 Scuderia just miss last out down the hill and looks the one to beat. No. 9 Blackjackcat gets his second start and first down the hill, Mike Smith gets the call in a huge rider upgrade and a great post. 2-5-6-9

Race 7

$8k claimers go 7 furlongs. No. 1 Misdeed fits at this level and may take to the extra distance as he has won going a mile. No. 6 Celebrity Status drops back to the level of his last wins. No. 10 Dustin’s Passion drops and will like this trip as the one time he went this distance he lost by a head vs much stronger competition. 1-6-10

Race 8

We only get six runners in this race. No. 1 Annie’s Candy has been facing much stronger, if he hasn’t lost his will he can win. No. 3 Navy Hymn is a machine winning 4 of 7 starts with 3 thirds, she is a Baltas re-claim. 1-3

Race 9

Down the hill they go and the pace will be a quick one so we will opt for runners coming off the hot pace. No. 8 Infinite Magic gets his second start off the Ted West claim and he also gets Prat riding today, we see him flying late. No. 1 Second Proposal also can sit off the pace and will be a nice price play. 1-8

Pick four

6th 2-5-6-9

7th 1-6-10

8th 1-3

9th 1-8

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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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