Saber’s Horse Selections

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DEL MAR

Race 1

As usual the first race starts in front of the grandstand in this mile event and the crowd roars as the horses go by the stands for the first time, if you have never been there for opening day, well it is a sight and a great time. We start this huge ten race card with a full field of ten $12,500 claimers going a flat mile. No. 1 Hadfunlastnight loves the sea air with 4 wins, 3 seconds and a third from his ten starts here, he is the speed on the rail but he will have other speed types to deal with and that will compromise his chances. No. 4 Saddle Soar won at this level one race back and will be the one to fear late. Bejarano sticks with No. 6 Tiz Jolie who is a perfect fit at this level. 1-4-6

Race 2

We get seven 2yo maiden statebred fillies going five furlongs. No. 5 Cougar Creek beds down in the Doug O’Neill barn and O’Neill is just loaded with talented 2yo runners. The up and coming bug boy Chad Lindsay gets the call. No. 7 Radish is the barn mate of Cougar Creek and she comes off of back-to-back seconds. 5-7

Race 3

We finally get back on the grass as they go 1-1/16 and we get a loaded field of 12 runners in this allowance race, we will need to see how this turf course is playing. No. 3 Rye has become a deep closer since moving to the grass in his last two starts at the Gate and he may get the right pace at the right price. No. 7 Temple Keys comes off a troubled trip, he gets blinkers on today and Bejarano sticks. No. 11 Lindante exits our HTW list, he may have been best last time out but he broke in the air and was dead last, he made a big late run to just miss by 3/4 of a length. 3-7-11

Race 4

No. 1 Drover Crazy probably drives his trainer crazy as you never know when he will jump up and run a big race, he comes off of back to back bad races but owns a win her and could wake up at a price. No. 2 Nextdoorneighbor is a 9yo win machine who comes off a 10 month layoff, we will try and beat him. Midwest trainer Chris Hartman brings in a string of runners looking for that extra shipper win bonus, he sends out No. 7 Madelyn’s Wild Max who seldom runs a bad race, he just may like it here. 1-2-7

Race 5

Fillies and mares go 1-1/16 on the grass in another loaded field. Prat gets back on No. 5 La Boheme, he was on this filly one race back when she broke her maiden. No. 8 Crimson and Gold came from last to fist to break her maiden on the grass in her first grass attempt. No. 11 Grandma’s Hands will need to work out a trip from this post but she in in top form. 5-8-11

Race 6

$20k maiden fillies and mares go 5 ½ furlongs. No. 3 Turf Club Queen just missed when one of three heads on the line last out when going five furlongs, the filly who finished second in that race came back to score next out. No. 6 Wondrous Cat gets a new trainer and looks the speed. No. 7 Madera Jubilee exits the same race as the Turf Club Queen, she gets her second start at this level and a jock switch that will help her chances. No. 12 Song for Jade is the other speed in the race but will need to clear from the far outside. 3-6-7-12

Race 7

No. 1 Storm Comin Thru has hit the board in all six of his starts here. No. 4 Missing Groom is a two time winner here and her last win came here at this mile distance back on July 24th. No. 7 Westfest got the stretchout by Baffert in his last start at this mile distance and got the easy win. 1-4-7

Race 8

Usually the $100k Oceanside is split into two divisions but since there were only 16 that entered they will only run this race. Baffert just does not get many imports running on the grass, he sends out No. 2 Moonlight Drive who came over from France and won like a good thing at Santa Anita back in February. We had him on our HTW list and thought maybe he was getting him into the Kentucky Derby picture but not so, he comes back in this spot and we love his chances. Mike Smith gets back on No. 9 Dressed in Hermes who is back from a trip to New York where he was a close 6th missing by less than two lengths in a Grade III race. 2-9

Race 9

No. 5 Dr. Dorr was highly thought of last year by Baffert. This 3yo colt is owned by his wife Natalie and makes his 3yo debut after running last year in the Grade III Bob Hope, his works say he is on go. No. 6 Pioneerof the West gets the bug boy Lindsay and will be running at them late. No. 9 Secreto Primero gets off the grass, he has big early speed and that last work was a doozy. 5**-6-9

Win and place 5

Race 10

The long day ends with maidens going a mile on the grass. No. 4 Ring Collector comes off the layoff for Peter Eurton and looks live in this spot. No. 3 Aztec Warrior has been well bet in his two starts both going long on the grass. No. 5 Airlite has been crying out to go long and he gets the mile today. No. 6 Scuderia exits the same race as Airlite and finished second in both of this starts down the hill. Trainer Phil D’Amato sends out No. 11 Alaskan Son fresh of the plane form Ireland, he could be anykind. 3-4-5-6-11

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