Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Fiftyshadesofhay exits our HTW list and will go long for Baffert. No. 4 Blonde Fog is the other Baffert in here. A first time starter out of the dam Bettys Solutions who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters. 2-4

Race 2

It looks like No. 1 Octane has loaded his tank for this race off of those high powered works. Trainer Bruce Headley who is still looking for his first win of the meet also sends out No. 4 Cyclometer off of some fast works and a turn back in distance as he takes this colt off the grass. 1-4

Double

1st 2-4

2nd 1-4

Race 3

No. 3 Achak drops like a hot potato. No. 5 Coluda will play catch me if you can. No. 6 Tiz Liberty has won four of his five starts here. 3-5-6

Race 4

No. 2 Hurricane Lake exits our HTW list and will be right there at the end. No. 7 Lumberyard Jack drops into an action spot in this his second off the layoff as Gomez makes a rare ride for O’Neil. 2-7

Double

3rd 3-5-6

4th 2-7

Race 5

No. 5 Miss Sweet Afleet will not find an easier 30 maiden field then this. No. 8 Medusalina is a first time starter who finds a very soft group of 2yo fillies. 5-8

Race 6

No. 2 Ashley’s Bambino just missed at this mile turf distance here in January. No. 3 Jules Journey showed that he could come off the pace last time out and he may use those tactics again today. 2-3

Race 7

No. 1 Golden Production looked good breaking her maiden here last time out. No. 2 Glowing Spirit looks very tough in this spot. No. 6 Maker Or Breaker comes off two huge efforts at Del Mar and the only question will be if she can handle the dirt and the answer is that her sire Empire Maker could. 1-2-6

Race 8

The hot Carla Gaines sends out No. 1 Red Sun who will get a good rail trip. No. 6 Polytechnicien gets his second stateside start and will go much better in this spot. 1-6

Race 9

No. 7 Flew Flicker will be out winging it. No. 9 Say Ow drops and gets Nakatani and blinkers on for a sharp barn. Beat him to cash. 7-9

Pick four

6th 2-3

7th 1-2-6

8th 1-6

9th 7-9 and win on the 9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

This looks like a three horse race between No. 1 Rock d’Or who is looking for her 3rd straight win, No. 6 Purple Starduster and comebacker No. 8 I’m Going Places. 1-6-8

Race 2

No. 2 Picture Perfect drops trying to cash. No. 6 Sky High Hatty gets the muscle back. No. 5 Vikkilee lands in a new barn and will be right there. 2-5-6

Double

1st 1-6-8

2nd 2-5-6

Race 3

No. 4 Forbidden City will be playing catch me if you can albeit at short odds. No. 6 Nava Nataly is back in the Bay area after a good try at Del Mar sprinting on the grass. She will be making a late run. 4-6

Q 4-6

Race 4

No. 7 We Can Be Heroes looks spotted for the win. We will single in the pick four. 7

Pick four

1st 1-6-8

2nd 2-5-6

3rd 4-6

4th 7

Race 5

No. 7 Royal Stormer has found a good spot off the layoff. No. 8 Defend Liberty is the one he will need to beat. 7-8

Race 6

No. 9 Love Mobile broke her maiden on this turf course one race back with this jock riding. 9

Race 7

No. 7 Racer Mobile ran good here at this distance one race back and only need to repeat that effort to win. 7

Race 8

No. 2 Duke of Doom is always right there in these turf races. No. 3 Hudson Landing has won four of his five starts here on this course. 2-3

Race 9

No. 4 Veiled Lady may like this mile trip. No. 8 Bila Shaka is back quick and gets stretched out. No. 9 Star Genesis will take most of the action. 4-8-9

Pick 5

5th 7-8

6th 9

7th 7

8th 2-3

9th 4-8-9

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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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