Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Moreno’s Mine showed good early speed last year when facing straight maidens, he comes back in this 50k maiden claimer and looks very live. No. 5 Fighting On gets off the grass, gets Maldonado and drops into a maiden claimer in this his second start. 2-5

Race 2

No. 3 Brokered ran ok in the Turf Paradise Derby and looks perfectly spotted today, he will be tracking the speedy No. 4 Manando who will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 5 War Academy is the stablemate of Manando and he will sit and pounce down the lane as will No. 6 Kid Dreams. 3-4-5-6

Double

1st 2-5

2nd 3-4-5-6

Race 3

If No. 5 Waitwaitdonttellme can run back to his race here in January he has a big shot from off the hot pace. No. 6 Red Globe will go much better today in this his second start. 5-6

Race 4

No. 4 Macias who has won both of his dirt starts here takes the big drop in class. No. 5 Chinese Praise comes back in six days off a nose loss. 4-5

Race 5

No. 2 Fadeintoinfinity is in from over the pond and will try to navigate the downhill turf course for a sharp outfit. No. 4 Disko Dasko is in from France, she was last seen winning a handicap race last October. No. 5 What a Spot won at first asking for Tom Proctor and is bred to love the grass. No. 10 Bonnie Lesley is also in from over the pond, she is in a good barn and gets a great draw and she has a nice work. 

2-4-5-10

Key exacta box 10 with 2-4-5 and win and place 10

Race 6

No. 2 A Drop Dead Diva was bet like a good thing in her debut race and won by more than eight lengths, she was claimed and now goes in this starter race. No. 5 Could Be Trouble is a perfect fit and gets Stevens who will sit off a good pace. 2-5

Race 7

No luck for No. 3 A Toast to You going down the hill but maybe today. No. 5 D’pendable will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 7 No Silent has finished second in three of his four starts going down the hill. No. 8 Starspangled Heat exits our HTW list off of back-to-back seconds going down the hill. Maldonado could be the answer for No. 9 Sweet Swap and Mike Mitchell brings in No. 10 Big Note from over the pond. This is one tough race and you will need to go deep in the picks. 3-5-7-9-10

Win and place 8

Race 8

No. 13 Of Royalty drops into a maiden claimer for this her third start and first on the dirt after going down the hill twice. No. 14 Romance Is Passion has some nice long shot appeal. 13-14

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Go Clever is in good form and has big early speed and can handle this mile distance. No. 3 Da Jersey Express drops into a good spot. No. 5 Courtown Harbour will be making his usual late run. 2-3-5

Race 2

No. 1 Sparkle Joel is back in just 7 days off the win. No. 2 Free Return is the speed with Baze but may need to contend with comebacker No. 3 Golden Child. 1-2-3

Race 3

No. 2 Bailouttheminister has a big work for this his second off the layoff. His stablemate No. 5 Control Seeker is in tip top form. 2-5

Race 4

No. 2 Big Payday has found his best stride going long and gets a move up off a big win. No. 7 Cloud Hopper ships in from Santa Anita, gets off the grass and is a good fit. 2-7

Race 5

No. 2 All About Adam broke his maiden at this 5 furlong distance, he needs a good rail trip. 2

Race 6

No. 3 Truly Unusual will go better today at this level. Hollendorfer ships in No. 5 Wild Excess from Santa Anita, she will be playing catch me if you can. 3-5

Exacta box 3-5 and win and place 3

Race 7

No. 2 Strait Jazz comes off a long layoff for Hollendorfer but his buddy Baze rides. No. 5 Beezaroo is in top form and gets the jock back who was on for the narrow miss one race back. No. 6 Marmaris ran right behind the Beeazroo in that race when forced five wide. 2-5-6

Exacta box 2-5-6 and win and place 5

Race 8

No. 5 Zambra Mora may be all alone on the front end again. No. 4 Our Heat will try and run her down. 4-5

Pick 3

6th 3-5

7th 2-5-6

8th 4-5

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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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