Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Sweetrayofsunshine loves this course winning all three of her dirt starts, she gets her first start off the Adam Kitchingman claim and this trainer has won with three of his four starters at the meet. Bejarano gets on No. 4 Bonita Star who gets off the grass and drops to a better level for her. 2-4

Race 2

No. 1 Lamm is a 7-year-old gelding who has been very popular at the claim box, he gets his first start off the Hess claim and won his last start here at this 1 1/8 turf distance. No. 3 Dynamic Host is another 7-year-old gelding who drops back down in class but gets an extra eight of a mile which he will need. No. 6 God Of War may find himself all alone on the front end and if that happens he could be hard to run down. 

1-3-6

Double

1st 2-4

2nd 1-3-6

Race 3

This race is as ugly a race on this circuit as you could find. The best of the worst are No. 2 Cee’s The Year whose only win came at this 1 1/16 distance and No. 4 Burton’s Angel who ran her best race last time out. 2-4

Race 4

Gary Stevens will try and keep his hot stakes streak going and will ride No. 1 Great Hot who sports a solid 7 furlong work for this the Grade 2 Santa Marie. No. 2 Book Review is one tough filly and will be right there. 1-2

Race 5

Maiden 3-year-old fillies going 6½ furlongs on the dirt and as usual Mr. Baffert sends out two first time starters. No. 1 Midnight Lucky who has some sparkling works and No. 8 Betises de Cambrai, we like Lucky of the two. 1

Double 

4th 1-2

5th 1

Race 6

No. 2 Miss Well Molded comes off a short layoff but was in top form and her works suggest she still is. No. 8 Miss Pippa looked good wiring them here back in April when breaking her maiden and Sadler looks to have her ready to fire again. 2-8

Race 7

In here we have 3-year-old maidens going 7 furlongs on the dirt and to no one’s surprise Baffert sends out two once again with second time starter No. 4 Okaad and second time starter No. 8 Del Mar Sunset who just got caught in start number one going this distance finishing 3rd beaten by a ½ a length. 4-8

Race 8

Down the hill we go in the 75k SWEET LIFE. No. 6 Escape Act is a very interesting play in this race, she went wire-to-wire going 6 furlongs on the Hollywood grass and then came from out of it in the 1 mile Blue Nothern and you can toss her last race on a wet dirt track. No. 8 Jubliant Girl has won both of her starts and both were down the hill. 6-8

Race 9

In the 3rd leg of the late pick four which we will be playing No. 5 Lady Katfish looks like she can repeat that same race as she did here on Jan 24th. No. 8 Spring Gal also comes off a nice maiden breaker and she has room to improve as this will be just her 3rd lifetime start. 5-8

Race 10

We have maiden 3-year-old fillies running for a 75k price tag going a mile on the grass. Gary Stevens sticks around to ride for his buddy Tom Proctor on No. 2 Exchange Student who drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. No. 8 Hard Buns gets her second start off the layoff and exits a key race. Mike Mitchel sends No. 9 Tebowing long in this her second start and she exits a key race. No. 1 Miss Derek is the speed on the rail and takes her first shot at the grass. 1-2-8-9

Pick four

7th 4-8

8th 6-8

9th 5-8

10th 1-2-8-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Senor Luminoso finds a very easy spot for his first start. No. 7 Tribal Money ships in from Santa Anita and is the one to bet albeit at odds on. 2-7

Race 2

Espinoza who will be riding Carving in the feature today gets a feel of the track as he rides No. 1 Tanya Marie who is in from Santa Anita and gets her second start off the layoff. No. 2 Adriatic Skye will be out winging it on the front end, after that this is anyone’s race. 1-2

Race 3

No. 1 All the Magic looks to have found his level. No. 4 Bi Tomorrow is in top form and beat All the Magic last time out by a ½ length. It took No. 9 Mary’s App 11 starts to break her maiden but sometimes these types come right back. 1-4-9

Race 4

Jockey Aaron Gryder who is back in town for the feature rides No. 2 Victoria’s on Fire who was last seen finishing 3rd in her first start at Del Mar last July. Baze rides the Hollendorfer first time starter No. 3 Let Faith Arise who looks very live. No. 6 Tribal Dress showed good early speed when well bet in her first start. Espinoza rides the Santa Anita shipper No. 7 Hedy who had a troubled trip down the hill in her one and only start. 2-3-6-7

Race 5

No. 3 Wild Side Story comes to town from Santa Anita and takes the big drop looking for the maiden breaker and the only one to stop him will be No. 8 Baja Cal. 3-8

Double

4th 2-3-6-7

5th 3-8

Race 6

The Ultra consistent No. 8 Won Won Oh Five ships in from Santa Anita and gets his first start off the Morey claim, bet him to cash. 8

Race 7

No. 1 Roving Storm just doesn’t run many bad races and now gets the rail and Baze riding for Hollendorfer. No. 6 John Bully’s Bob has found a home here and is in top form. No. 7 Kumvia is another of the Southern Cal onslaught of shippers who will be hard to beat. 1-6-7

Race 8

THE GRADE 3 EL CAMINO REAL

As we start to separate the Kentucky Derby wanna bees we have races like this one. Baffert who wins most of these small preps sends out the speedy No. 4 Manando who will insure a very fast pace as to set things up for No. 8 Carving. The outsider in this race could be No. 9 Dice Flavor who has run all of his races on the grass, he could surprise. 4-8-9

Exacta box 4-8-9 and win and place 9

Race 9

No. 2 Firstclasstraveler woke up when turned back to a sprint,. No. 10 Compromising Txt is the speed and will have to be caught. 2-10

Pick four

6th 8

7th 1-6-7

8th 4-8-9

9th 2-10

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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