Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Irish Surf gets a major and we say major rider upgrade as he will try the dirt for the first time. No. 4 Tiz the Truth just missed by a head going 7 furlongs here on Jan 13th and will love this mile distance. 2-4

Exacta box 2-4

Race 2

We will use a speed horse and a closer in this downhill turf sprint. No. 2 Mr. Bossy Pants the closer and No. 4 Drift King the speed who just got beat a nose by Bossy Pants last time out and also exits our HTW list. 2-4

Double

1st 2-4

2nd 2-4

Race 3

This is one ugly 20k maiden claimer. The only thing we can suggest would be the two big droppers No. 5 Hi Chooch and No. 6 Banged His Eye. 5-6?

Race 4

THE GRADE TWO ROBERT B. LEWIS 200K

This is California racing at its best. A Grade two road to the Kentucky Derby prep with only four horses entered and Baffert has two including No. 2 Flashback who just broke his maiden and exits our HTW list. Doug O’Neil who used this race as a stepping stone for I’ll Have Another will use it again as he sends out No. 4 He’s Had Enough. Baffert also sends out No. 3 Den’s Legacy who will be tracking Flashback from the bell. 2-3-4

Race 5

No. 1 Magnificent Shirl gets a significant rider switch to Bejarano in this her second start on the West Coast. No. 2 Scooter Bird ran behind Shirl last time out and gets Gomez this time. 1-2

Race 6

No. 2 Italian Rules who has won four of his eight starts here is an 8yo who moves from a Grade 1 to this 40k claimer, the price that Sadler picked him up for. We will need to pass. No. 5 Scorpion Warrior has done little wrong in his three starts. No. 8 Zackn’mat comes off the layoff for Mullins and looks set for a good run. 5-8

Race 7

No. 2 Press Baron exits our HTW list, he needs a patient ride and will get it today with Stevens getting the call. No. 9 Ivanho gets his first start off the Mike Mitchell claim and he will be a good price play. 2-9

Exacta box 2-9 and win and place 2

Race 8

THE GRADE 2 STRUB 200K

At least we get seven entered in this race (before any scratches). No. 3 Guilt Trip just missed when closing fast last time out just failing to run down his stablemate. No. 2 Fed Biz, he will get him today. No. 4 Tritap just missed by a head out of the same race. 3-4

Race 9

THE GRADE 2 ARCADIA 150K

This one is very wide open. We have narrowed it down to No. 3 Vagabond Shoes who is in from over the pond for John Sadler, No. 7 Silentio who has three wins and a third form four starts, No. 11 Wilkinson who had his prep here and looks set for his best and No. 14 Strong Suit who is also in from over the pond for Simon Callaghan and he puts on Jamie Spencer. 3-7-11-14

Double

8th 3-4

9th 3-7-11-14

Race 10

We go from the Grade 2 Arcadia to this $12,500 claimer. We will stay outside in this race and use No. 10 Spit Ball who looks perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker and No. 14 Et Tu Walker a big closer. 10-14

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 3 Magic Bert is sitting on the win and had a good work since his last start. No. 6 Afflication is in from Santa Anita looking for easier. 3-6

Race 2

No. 4 Cee’s the Bet is the best in here as he will get the perfect trip behind all the speed. 4

Double

1st 3-6

2nd 4

Race 3

No. 2 Sister Glady Oh La comes off the layoff for the Sherman/Baze duo looking for her fourth straight win here. 2

Race 4

Kid Delgadillo rides the Santa Anita shipper No. 2 Winds of Dubai for trainer Cerin. He may get his first win today. No. 9 Jakob’s Magic is the one to beat. 2-9

Pick four

1st 3-6

2nd 4

3rd 2

4th 2-9

Race 5

No. 1 Afternoon Sun is a live first time starter. No. 4 Mojave Secret will appreciate the extra distance. No. 7 Golden Emperor has had good works at Santa Anita and is shipped in looking for the win. 1-4-7

Race 6

No. 4 Anitafame drops into an action spot for the sharp Lloyd Mason. She will be flying late. 4

Race 7

No. 1 Candy Kisses gets her second start off the layoff and a good second last time out. No. 9 By by Inheritance exits the same race. No. 12 Cajun Market comes off a good win and fits with these. 1-9-12

Race 8

No. 6 Emmy’s Hall ships in from Santa Anita for Hollendorfer and gets off the grass. No. 7 Power of Ten will take some beating in here. 6-7

Race 9

No. 1 Party Machine gets Baze riding for Martin. He will be very hard to beat albeit at a short price, a very short price, No. 4 Baha Cal has the best shot at the upset with the drop in class and he has some early speed. 1-4

Pick four

6th 4

7th 1-9-12

8th 6-7

9th 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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