Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Royal Tiger drops in this her second start off the layoff, she will find a very fast early pace to run at, No. 4 Miss Lady Ellen looks to be the speed of the speed. No. 7 R Doubleday has never run a bad race and won big here on this dirt track back in October. 2-4-7

Race 2

No. 1 Charm the Maker has seen enough of graded company and now will try allowance types in this mile race, No. 3 Distracting has been zipping around in the mornings and is on edge for a big run as is her stablemate No. 5 Maker Or Breaker. 1-3-5

Race 3

No. 1 Scherzinger is in from Calder and lands in the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, she may like it here, No. 3 Humor Me is a first time Baffert who has been working like a runner. No. 4 Unbridled Wee is out of the dam Dixiechickadee who has dropped four winners from four starters and that 6 furlong work on the 16th signals she can run. No. 5 Blushing Angel has some nice works for this and looks to be coming around for Sadler. 1-3-4-5

Race 4

No. 1 Belle Passe has won both of her races going down the hill and down the hill she goes again but the one bad thing is that she had Rosario on in those races, No. 2 Schiaparelli won in her only try going down the hill. No. 5 Best Present Ever comes back to earth and she can handle this course. No. 6 Kune Kune has run back-to-back good races since arriving here from over the pond. No. 7 Jet Blue Girl lost at .70 cents on the dollar in her last start when the race was taken off the grass, she like this down hill course and makes her first start off the $62,500 Ted West claim, he wants to recoup some of that big cash quick. This is one tough race we will take our shot with Kune Kune. 6

Race 5

No. 2 Trice Up has been stuck outside in his last two starts and now gets to the inside in this mile race, if able to clear he could go wire-to-wire at a price. 2

Win and place 2

Race 6

No. 5 Trucial State gets off the grass, gets a needed drop in class and Mike Smith takes the ride, he will be making a big late run. 5

Race 7

Peter Miller super with layoff horses and brings back No. 8 Chinese Praise off an 11 month layoff, Baffert waves the white flag with No. 2 Tweebster who takes a huge drop in class as Mr. B says someone take him please, he could win with these if he has four legs. 2-8

Race 8

THE GRADE 3 ROBERT J FRANKEL 

No. 3 Qaraaba was hailed as a special mare and she ran like it in her first start in the US, she is the one to beat, No. 8 More Chocolate has a very interesting work pattern and she could surprise. No. 9 Tiz Flirtatious has hit the board in all six of her starts winning four of them and just ran second in the Grade 1 Matriarc. 

Exacta box 3-8-9

Race 9

No. 5 Unmarked Bills finally drops and may have found his level, No. 7 Hold’em Hustler also gets the needed drop in class and Maldo will be gunning. No. 9 Tassano is a first time starter out of a very sneaky barn who is deadly with first time starters. 5-7-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Mohanna Breeze looks too fast for these. 2

Race 2

If this stays on the grass No. 2 Love Mobile will be very tough, No. 8 Evie Jo is in top form and is a must use on turf or synthetic. 2-8

Race 3

No. 2 John Bully’s Bob moves into the barn of Steve Sherman bet him to cash. 2

Race 4

Another race set to go on the grass, No. 2 Gatheratthealter is in top form for a top barn, No. 6 The Tour Director gets his second start off the Miyadi claim and he hits at around 40% second off the claim. No. 8 Visual Intensity will be making his late run. 2-6-8

Exacta box 2-6-8

Pick four

1st 2

2nd 2-8

3rd 2

4th 2-6-8

Race 5

No. 6 Fire Break ships in, drops and gets Baze, he will be way overbet, we can’t bet on or against. 

Race 6

We have 20k maiden 2yo fillies scheduled to go a mile on the grass, No. 1 Hot French Fries is bred to love the grass, No. 3 Siberian Winter ran huge when stretched out for the first time, she will also love the grass but she can go on either. No. 7 Lana Lang has been knocking on the door and is a proven router turf of the main. No. 8 Winona Louise ran right behind Siberian Winter last time out and she may take to the grass. No. 9 Lil Barbie Doodle gets stretched out for the first time and has some interesting works for this, she will be the price play. 1-3-7-8-9

Dime super box 1-3-7-8-9

Race 7

No. 1 Bwanadada really burned some serious cash in her last two starts at Hollywood and now ships here and takes the big drop in class, she will be odds on, No. 3 Panda Bai looks to be sitting on the win if Bwanadada is not all there. 1-3

Race 8

No. 1 Secret Shadow gets off the grass and back to her best distance, No. 5 Justalittleloopy is the main filly in here. Baze jumps on the Hollywood shipper speedball No. 6 Moojha who will try and take them wire-to-wire. 1-5-6

Race 9 No. 2 Chin’n Tonic just failed to last in his last start going 1 1/16 here on the 9th, Kyle Frey gets on today and he may not get caught. No. 8 El Tango Ray will be the one to fear late. 2-8

Pick four

6th 1-3-7-8-9

7th 1-3

8th 1-5-6

9th 2-8

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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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