Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 4 Captain Camelot is a first time starter out of a good barn with a top jock facing little and that last work says he is ready. No. 6 Wild Tony and No. 7 Adrenaline Shot will be the speed. 4-5-6

Race 2

No. 4 Wave Catching is a first time starter with an interesting work pattern, he may be live at a price. 4

Win and place 4

Race 3

4-year-old fillies go a mile on the grass. No. 1 Mia Isabel gets back on the grass and is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. No. 2 Thermal Nermal looks like the controlling speed. No. 6 Gittel got nosed at this mile turf distance last time out. 1-2-6

Exacta box 1-2-6 and win and place 1

Race 4

No. 2 Iconic Spirit will appreciate a dry track. No. 7 Temptress ran ok going long in her first try and has had a big work since. Bejarano takes over on the Baffert runner No. 8 Black Witch who has burned a lot of cash of late. 2-7-8

Race 5

Fillies and Mares go a mile on the grass for a 25k claiming price. No. 2 Van Brit gets Gary Stevens, enough said. No. 4 Glowing Spirit is a big dropper with speed. 2-4

Double

4th 2-7-8

5th 2-4

Race 6

No. 2 Stoneside continues his move back up the ladder as he seeks his third straight win at the meet. No. 4 Gnarly Dude will appreciate the drop to this level. No. 8 Close to the Edge also drops in class and comes back from the gate. 2-4-8

Race 7

Down the hill we go with optional claiming fillies and mares. No. 3 Best Present Ever is the class and just missed here at this level in her last start, she looks set for the win in this her third off the layoff. No. 4 June Cleaver ran behind her in that race and that was her first off the long layoff and she gets Mike Smith today. 3-4

Race 8

We finish the day at Santa Anita with a 20k maiden claimer going 6 furlongs. No. 1 Deception Free has run second in both of his starts at this price at the meet and may like getting back to this distance. No. 2 Unmarked Bills almost got there last time out and now gets Talamo. No. 11 Shot of Chaya looks live at first asking. 1-2-11

Double

7th 3-4

8th 1-2-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

We start our 7 race card today with 10k 4-year-old and up fillies and mares going a flat mile on the main. No. 3 Forbidden City is the speed and big dropper. No. 4 Trappers Magic will fall into a good stalking position. 

3-4

Race 2

No. 2 Mardi’s Tough Game always gives her best. No. 6 Gem in the Rough gets her first shot at going long. 2-6

Race 3

No. 1 Whilly Pink exits our HTW list off a horrible take down last time out. No. 4 Job Creator is a first time starter whose dam Lovely Cozzene (Cozzene) has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters. Baze jumps on No. 7 Red Charger. 1-4-7

Exacta box 1-4-7

Race 4

No. 2 There Goes Donnie drops back to the level of his last win. No. 4 Mojave Heat also drops into an action spot. No. 5 Harlan’s Halo has gotten good and is looking for the hat trick, he will be flying with a big late run. 2-4-5

Race 5

No. 4 Heart’s Music is an old pro who has been stuck in second the last two starts but could get there today. No. 5 Lilly’s a Jewel is a hanger but will be right there. No. 7 Johnnys Prize gets a big break in the weights in this mile race and she may be a good price play. 4-5-7

Exacta box 4-5-7 and win and place 7

Race 6

No. 2 Gatheratthealter is looking for his 5th straight win but he will need to beat No. 1 Liquid Asset and No. 3 Falling Knife. 1-2-3

Race 7

No. 2 Tormenta Roja will try and keep his undefeated streak going as he looks to win his fourth straight all at this 5½ furlong distance. No. 3 Corner Office is in good form and comes back off the win in just 12 days for the Hollendorfer/Baze team. No. 6 Stone Hot got his feel of the track last time out and will be right there late. 1-3-6

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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.  Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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