Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Jockey Russell Baze makes a rare trip to Santa Anita and will ride No. 8 Mum’s Truckee who won at first asking going 1 1/16 on the Golden Gate grass. She has been working with a purpose and may be able to handle this group. No. 1 Toomanytomatoes is a very consistent filly and will be able to handle the stretchout. 1-8

Race 2

No. 2 Back to Bako exits our HTW list off a narrow loss at Del Mar in his first start. No. 7 Gallant Charm gets a better post and jockey for this his second start. Look for a big effort. 2-7

Double

1st 1-8

2nd 2-7

Race 3

No. 6 Cat Meeting is in top form and has had four works here at Santa Anita. Rosario is in town and he gets on the Marty Jones stretchout horse No. 9 Mr. Ornery. 6-9

Race 4

No. 3 Another Flashback is back with Maidens and reunited with Rosario who just missed with her one race back. No. 5 Tiz a Kiss looks live at first asking for Sadler. The speedy No. 8 Sophie’s Secret is the stablemat of Tiz a Kiss and is the one to beat. 3-5-8

Exacta box 3-5-8

Race 5

THE 250K CAL CUP JUVENILE

No. 4 Monument went 5 ½ furlongs in his first start and won then went 6 furlongs in his 3rd start and won and then Sadler sent him 7 furlongs in his 3rd start at Fairplex and he finished second and now he goes 1 1/16 and will be right there. Rosario will ride his stablemate No. 6 Ballard Ruler. 4-6

Race 6

THE 100K CAL CUP DISTAFF

We go down the hill in the Distaff and No. 1 Tiz Flirtatious who has won 3 of her 4 starts will try the grass for the first time. Trainer Lloyd Mason makes a rare ship in with the very consistent No. 9 Bleach Blonde and the very capable Julien Couton comes in to ride. No. 10 Best Present Ever has been gearing up for this race and is coming off two Grade 1 races and Russell Baze who rode her one time for the win is in town for the ride. No. 11 Unusual Hottie is in tip top form and will be making a late run. 1-9-10-11

Race 7

THE 100K CAL CUP SPRINT

No. 4 Night Wind could be a very good price play. He has been looking for a spot and Sadler chose this one. He has been working like he is ready to roll. No. 7 Ain’t No. Other is in good form and Bejarano gets the leg up for Jerry Hollendorfer. No. 8 Shudacudawudya has won 9 of his 18 starts and can handle these. No. 9 Derby Gold has a win and a second in his two starts on this course and is loaded with bullets for Baffert. 4-7-8-9

Race 8

In this 100k downhill turf sprint for the girls No. 10 Sugarinthemorning looks to have found a good spot for the win and we will single in the late pick four. 10

Race 9

The 175k Lava Man Cal Cup Classic

No. 7 John Scott has done little wrong since coming back to the races and trainer Carla Gaines has him set for a big race as jockey Espinoza looks to break his losing streak. No. 3 Rousing Sermon will be picking up the pieces late. 3-7

Race 10

THE 250K CAL CUP FILLIE

We get 2yo fillies going 1 1/16 on the dirt and we have ten 2yo fillies who have never been beyond 7 furlongs with 4 of the still maidens including No. 10 Graduator who exits our HTW list off a nostril loss in her last start at 7 furlongs when losing the bob to No. 7 Sacred Delight. We will take our shot with the Graduator and single in the late pick four. After her you need to hit the all button. 10 (all)

.50 cent pick four

7th 4-7-8-9

8th 10

9th 3-7 (or just use the 7 if playing all in the last leg)

10th all ten fillies

CHECK FOR LATE SCRATCHES AND CHECK THAT THE SADDLE CLOTH NUMBERS MATCH OUR SELECTION NUMBERS

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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