Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Miner’s Daughter just missed in her first start off the layoff and now this 5yo mare looks set, Carla Gaines sends out the Empire Maker filly No. 3 Regime for her first start and Bejarano will ride. No. 7 Elusive Jackpot is the stablemate of Miner’s Daughter and the speed in here who will like the move to the dirt. 1-3-7

Race 2

Tyler Baze will be gunning No. 3 Kenichi from the bell, No. 4 Awkward Mondays will try an run him down. 2-4

Double

1st 1-3-7

2nd 2-4

Race 3

Maidens go down the hill, No. 3 Grand Giant has finished second in both of his turf sprints, one at Hollywood and one here going down the hill, No. 9 Cosmic Heat is bred for this trip and will get a perfect trip from this post. No. 11 Buckleberry Grey gets a turn back in distance and has been working real good, No. 12 Lemon Drop Dream is in from New York for Asmussen and ran good on the turf there. 3-9-11-12

Race 4

No. 1 Humming Beethoven gets off the grass and goes long in this her second start, she will like the trip, No. 2 Penrose is in from back East and lands in the barn of Jeff Mullins, she may like it here. No. 6 Black Witch is a second time Baffert who exits our HTW list. No. 7 Having Abig Middle also exits our HTW list off a troubled start in her last race but this Big Brown filly still managed to finish a game third. 1-2-6-7

Key exacta box 7 with 1-2-6

Race 5

20k maiden claimers going 7 furlongs on the dirt, No. 2 Career Student drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and will look much improved with these, No. 11 Spit Ball ran second here at this distance and level in his last start and now gets his first start off the claim. No. 3 Ruled by Kisses and No. 13 Deception Free are both contenders. 2-3-11-13

Race 6

No. 4 Twelve Folds gets a major rider upgrade and has a big work for this, No. 9 Luxuriance has run back-to-back very good races and will try the dirt for start number three. 4-9

Exacta box 4-9 and win and place 4

Race 7

No. 3 A Toast to You comes off a troubled trip, she won here back in October at this mile turf distance, No. 5 You Know I Know looks set for a big run off those workouts. No. 1 Shadow Runner is in top form and will be making a big late run. 1-3-5

Race 8

No. 2 Master Chef is in great form and has won three of his four starts here with one second, No. 4 Derby Gold has been facing better and will be tough at this level. No. 10 Tribe will be right there late. 2-4-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Lord’s Minister drops and will be the lone speed albeit at a miniscule price, No. 5 Stormy Surge will be the one to fear late. 1-5

Exacta box 1-5

Race 2

No. 6 American Aristocat will sit off the hot early pace and run them all down at the wire. 6

Double

1st 1-5

2nd 6

Race 3

No. 2 Lady Aspen looks to have found a home here at the Gate, No. 4 Secret Cove ships in from Hollywood for trainer Peter Miller who has won with three of his eight starters here. 2-4

Race 4

No. 3 Insatiable Smile broke his maiden going wire-to-wire at this mile distance in his last start and first going long, No. 6 Catch Cody gets back to routing and will go much better. 3-6

Pick four

1st 1-5

2nd 6

3rd 2-4

4th 3-6

Race 5

No. 5 Secret Spy drops a notch and his speed will play well in this 5 furlong sprint he will be hard to beat. 5

Race 6

No. 8 Trapper’s Reward goes routing in this her third start off the layoff, look for her in the winners circle. 8

Race 7

No. 1 Last Sting bombed at 9/5 in her last start at Hollywood and now the gig is up as she moves North and drops, No. 7 Loveintheshadows is in good form and will be there late, she has won four of her 11 starts here with three seconds. 1-7

Race 8

No. 1 Cajun Market ships in and drops and gets Baze, No. 4 Stormy Sierra is unlucky to still be a maiden, today could be her day. 1-4

Pick five

4th 3-6

5th 5

6th 8

7th 1-7

8th 1-4

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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