Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Mike Mitchell waves the red flag with No. 2 D J Dave as he drops him from 32k to this $12,500 claimer but he can win with this move and Leparoux gets the ride. If No. 3 Hodge can clear early he will be right there. No. 6 Time to Doubledown exits our HTW list and comes out of a race in which he was best. 2-3-6

Key exacta 6 with 2-3 and win on the 6

Race 2

No. 3 Folk Dancer has the speed to take these wire-to-wire. No. 6 Town Belle got that six furlong prep and has won both of his races going this 1 1/16 distance. 3-6

Race 3

No. 6 Bromelia put in a big effort going down the hill in her last start. No. 10 Swingaway comes off the layoff and will get the perfect trip from this post. Gomez gets his shot with No. 2 Corinthian Melody, she will be flying with a big late run. 2-6-10

Race 4

Baffert sends out two in this 75k maiden claimer. No. 1 Wine Stock a first time starter whose dam has dropped two winners from two starters including a stakes winner and No. 3 Inflamed Spirit who has been routing with straight maidens and now will try going short. 1-3

Race 5

No. 1 Cloud Hopper takes a big drop in class and gets in with 4-year-old and up that has never won two races. No. 8 Ain made a huge late run when coming off a long layoff and he exits our HTW list. 1-8

Exacta box 1-8 and win and place 8

Race 6

No. 2 Rossi Reserve gets her first start off the claim, she exits our HTW list and has some big early speed. No. 12 Queenie Marini has some long shot appeal from off the pace, she has run second five of her eight starts on this course, she will be flying late. 2-12

Race 7

We go down the hill in today’s feature. No. 4 Best Present Ever is not the same filly she was last spring but she has been facing much tougher. No. 5 June Cleaver looks live off the layoff. No. 6 Minds Eyes won in her only try going down the hill and Nakatani who rode her that day is back on and that work on the 7th says she is on go! 4-5-6

Exacta 6 with 4-5

Race 8

Maiden 3-year-old fillies going 6½ furlongs for a 32k price tag. No. 2 Friends With Macy drops back in with claimers and her one sprint was ok. No. 6 All About Avery gets her second start and Bejarano sticks. No. 12 Out of Thin Air gets a little drop for this her second start and she will go better today at what will be a big price. 2-6-12

Pick four

5th 1-8

6th 2-12

7th 6

8th 2-6-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Flammability did just miss last time out when dropped to this level. No. 5 Ezio may like it here. 1-5

Race 2

No. 3 Lucky at Midnight is in good form and the drop to this level will help her chances. No. 5 Hot French Fries got the win last time out and is spotted for a repeat. 3-5

Double

1st 1-5

2nd 3-5

Race 3

No. 4 Ruby Pumps comes off a long layoff but has hit the board in all six of her races with three wins and three seconds, she won first out of the box last year here at this same 5½ furlong distance. 4

Race 4

No. 4 Lookn Wild is 3 for 3 at this 4k level, bet him to cash. 4

Race 5

No. 2 Fool’s Journey was eased one race back but came back in 20 days and ran ok, with that race under her belt she looks set for the score. 2

Race 6

No. 2 Clever Cayenne gets her second start off the layoff and is the one to bet. No. 4 Trappers Sonnet will find a fast early pace to make her late run. 2-4

Race 7

Only a seven race card today at the Gate, so to end the day we will go with No. 1 Last Sting who will be odds on but a must use in the late picks. Her stablemate No. 2 Tiz Crowded first off the John Martin claim and No. 3 Trapper’s Reward who is looking for the hat trick. 1-2-3

Double

6th 2-4

7th 1-2-3

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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