Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Corlett Drive is one of three entered in this race by trainer John Sadler but the way this filly worked here on Jan 4th says she may be the one he is going with, No. 4 Branding is a first timer for Tom Proctor and the comeback old guy Gary Stevens will ride. No. 7 Iconic Spirit is a third time starter for Sadler, she gets off the grass and will try dirt but that last work says she is on go. 3-4-7

Race 2

No. 1 Firendesire ran ok in her one and only and takes the drop today, No. 4 All About Avery is a first time starter who draws Bejarano. No. 5 Run Captive Run sports a good work for this her second start. 1-4-5

Race 3

Let’s make a one way call in this race as No. 7 Midnight Transfer will get the perfect setup for his late run, we will single. 7

WIN AND PLACE 7

Race 4

If this stays on the downhill 6½ furlong turf course No. 2 Drift King will be hard to beat on or near the lead, No. 9 Mr. Bossy Pants has been looking for a race on this course and he will be the one too fear late. 2-9

Race 5

Let’s take our shot with two live first time starters in this the last leg of the players pick five using No. 9 Miss Judged out of the barn of Mike Mitchell with his future son-in-law riding Julien Leparoux and No. 10 Avery’s Arabesque with Bejarano. 9-10

Players .50 cent pick five

1st 3-4-7

2nd 1-4-5

3rd 7

4th 2-9

5th 9-10

Race 6

In this mile turf race for straight maidens first time starter No. 4 Dontextndrive will be a nice price play for a trainer who can pop with first time maiden runners, No. 9 Wild Student gets a major rider upgrade and will go much better today. No. 10 Wine List is the one to beat off his last race a narrow miss in his first try going long and first on the grass. 4-9-10

Race 7

No. 1 Battle Force has hit the board in all five of his starts, four on the grass and one on the Hollywood cushion surface, he will handle the dirt today and Gomez should get him home on tops barring trouble. 1

Race 8

No. 4 No Silent has finished second in all four of his turf starts here including three going down the hill, No. 5 Starspangled Heat has hit the board in all five of his downhill turf starts here including two wins, he will be flying late. No. 9 Sweet Swap comes off the layoff for John Sadler and looks live in here. 4-5-9

Race 9

No. 2 Nonrefundable blitzed them on this dirt course going 7 furlongs when breaking his maiden here last January, he comes back to the spot of his win and that last work says he is ready, No. 11 Time Goes On is the stranger danger. 2-11

Pick four

6th 4-9-10

7th 1

8th 4-5-9

9th 2-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 4 My T Quick owns four wins and a second on this course from five starts, No. 5 Heir to Money has the hot rider trainer combo of John Martin and Kyle Frey. 4-5

Race 2

No. 2 Courtown Harbour is the key player in this 1 1/16 turf route as he gets back on the grass, lets key him in the Q’s with No. 6 Redmond Ridge and No. 7 Sedona Ridge. 

KEY Q 2 WITH 6-7 

DOUBLE

1ST 4-5

2ND 2-6-7

Race 3

No. 5 Party Machine comes off the long layoff and drops in class but is in a top barn who wins with these type of runners, No. 6 Sweet Toffy still may be the main threat. 5-6

Race 4

THE CALIFORNIA DERBY

At one time this was a meaningful race but that was then and now is now, No. 3 Zeewat has been working great and comes off a nice win in the Gold Rush here, No. 5 Tree of Life ships in off a troubled trip on the grass in the Grade 3 Generous at Hollywood, he is a major player. No. 7 My Best Bet is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. 3-5-7

Pick four

1st 4-5

2nd 2-6-7

3rd 5-6

4th 3-5-7

Race 5

First time starter No. 2 Lota Spunk could be overlooked in here, we will not overlook him and play. 2

Win and place 2

Race 6

No. 3 Classical Hy is in top form and will take some beating, No. 9 Foreseeable Future exits our HTW list and is the main danger. 3-9

Exacta box 3-9

Race 7

No. 8 The Tour Director could be a nice price play in here as he finds the right pace today, No. 10 Farmer Giles has been very popular at the claim box but Hollendorfer drops him like a hot potato first off the 16k claim down to this $6,500 level. 8**-10

Win and place 8 and a Q 8-10

Race 8

No. 3 Streets of Heaven ships in from Hollywood and may like it here, No. 4 Toss the Dice is the one to beat as he showed a new style in his last race that will play well today. No. 5 Red Crème is in top form.

Exacta and tri box 3-4-5

Race 9

R Baze takes the ride on first time starter Summer by the Sea for low profile connections, No. 10 Sunflare is in from Hollywood for Doug O’Neill who is looking for the win and for someone to buy this filly for 8k, but if all in one piece and if he can get a good position from her far outside post she will be very tough to beat. 1-10

Pick four

6th 3-9

7th 8-10

8th 3-4-5

9th 1-10

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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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