Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

There is a lot of early speed in this race led by No. 2 Donato who will need to clear dropper No. 5 Anabaa Premium who can battle and stay. We will use both along with the big dropper closer No. 6 Brass Plate. 2-5-6

Race 2

3yo 30k maidens travel a flat mile in here. Gary Stevens takes his shot with No. 5 Trice Up who just did get beat here at this distance last time out by a ½ a length after opening up down the lane. If Gary can open up down the lane he won’t get caught today. No. 7 Derekson may be the speed of the speed in here and comes out of a good effort vs tougher and the winner of the race came back to score next time out. Joe Talamo gets the call. 5-7

Double

1st 2-5-6

2nd 5-7

Race 3

No. 2 Sweetrayofsunshine is two for two on this dirt course including a nice win last time out. We just can’t find anyone to beat her. 2

Race 4

This is the second half of the second race as we once again have 30k 3yo maidens going a flat mile. No. 5 Rock of Ages looks to have found a wakeup spot. He gets off the grass and drops into a maiden claimer for this his 3rd lifetime start and his trainer Howard Zucker has won with 2 of his 4 runners at the meet. No. 6 Bro Derek gets Bejarano for this his second try at this level and distance. He will go better today. 5-6

Race 5

No. 3 So Tempted just did miss last time out and finds a good spot today as she will try and turn the tables on No. 4 There Is No Limit who caught her on the line last time out by the bob. No. 6 Nice Meidel gets off the grass and won in her only dirt start here and Gomez sticks in this her second start off the Peter Miller claim. Beat her to cash. 3-4-6

Exacta box 3-4-6 and win and place 6

Race 6

Straight maidens go down the hill. No. 1 Broker Brett exits our HTW list off a narrow loss going 6f on the Hollywood grass. 1

Win and place 1

Race 7

Love the work pattern on No. 2 Viva Carina who looks very live in here. No. 5 Eblouissante the Great Zenyatta’s little sister won like her at first asking and was a late scratch when entered there a while back when exiting our HTW list. 2-5

Race 8

In the last leg of the late pick four we have 50k maidens going 1 1/16. No. 4 Stars and Moons ran good here at this level when going a flat mile back in October, as did No. 5 Bipartisan who finished second in the race a ½ length ahead of S and M. No. 6 Candy’s Jewel drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and looks the one to beat. No. 8 Gabbro Glitz ran good here at this price tag and distance back in February and now finds himself in a new barn. No. 9 Prime Number drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. He gets off the grass and will try the dirt also for the first time and may end up being the speed of the speed in here. 4-5-6-9

.50 cent late pick four

5th 3-4-6

6th 1

7th 2-5

8th 4-5-6-9 ($12.00)

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Our Mandate and No. 4 Ghost Reign will try and circle this 5 furlong race together. 2-4

Race 2

No. 1 Tizbud for You drops into a spot looking for the win for a very hot outfit. No. 6 Finest Angel is the speed and gets Baze. 1-6

Q 1-6

Race 3

No. 2 Hard Hearted Lady is in top form and gets a confident boast in class. Dennis Carr who rode the Hard Hearted Lady last time out sticks with No. 3 Wild Bella who takes a little drop in class. No. 6 Risky Allure comes off a good win. 2-3-6

Double

2nd 1-6

3rd 2-3-6

Race 4

No. 3 Redo is the main player in here albeit at a short price. No. 5 Just Meteor drops where he will be dangerous. 3-5

Race 5

No. 6 Thunderella Run drops, gets off the grass and gets blinkers on as they pull all the stops for the win. 6

Race 6

No. 2 What’s for Dinner turns back from a route on the grass to this 5 ½ furlong sprint and he has won 2 of his 3 at this distance. No. 4 Easy Going Boykie is looking for his 4th straight win. No. 5 Doctor Park is back in form and looks to upset. No. 6 Gal Has to Like It is a speedball in from Hollywood who takes a deep drop in class. No. 7 Arathon is in top form and is a must use. 2-4-5-6-7

Race 7

Only 7 races today so let’s take our shot with the late pick 3. In here we will use No. 2 Gavel who has won 4 of his 6 starts at this mile distance, No. 3 Fire Break lost here last time out at .90 cents on the dollar. He looks to regroup today. 2-3

Pick three

5th 6

6th 2-4-5-6-7

7th 2-3

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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