Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 7 Fantastic Miss has hit the board in all four of her turf starts including three here at Santa Anita. No. 5 Liar Liar Liar ran okay in her one and only race and it was going this mile turf distance when right behind the Liar. 5-7

Exacta box 5-7 and win and place 5

Race 2

No. 2 Chinese Praise is in top form and fits at this level. No. 1 Streets of Heaven never ran a step last time out and now drops off the Baltas claim but he hits at around .40% first off the claim. 1-2

Race 3

No. 1 Spring Bloom gets the rail, drops in class and moves to a better distance. The last two times No. 2 Van Brit won was when Gomez rode and he gets back on today. 1-2

Race 4

No. 6 Bikini Bottom looks perfectly spotted off the maiden win. 6

Race 5

No. 2 Warren’s Got Game has finished a close second in both of her attempts going this 1¼ turf distance. No. 4 The Only Key was a head in front of Warren in his last race. 2-4

Race 6

No. 1 El Sabios comes off a 7 month layoff but has the looks of a nice long shot play. No. 3 A Thousand Aces looks to be getting the hang of things and could be sitting on the win. 1-3

Race 7

This is one unusual mile turf race as we have 4 horses in here sired by Unusual Heat. We will opt for No. 5 Unusual Beam who moves back to a flat mile after going 1½ with much better No. 2 Tribe gets Maldo and the stretchout. 2-5

Race 8

No. 2 Vamping the Win is a first time starter who looks ready to run against not much in this 20k maiden claimer. His dam Smiling Eyes (Saint Ballado) has dropped one winner from one starter and it was a stakes winner. 2

Win and place 2

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Strait Jazz gets back on the grass and looks like a short price winner with these. No. 6 La Pearla owns a win on this turf course and has a big last work. 2-6

Race 2

No. 1 Justalittleloopy has done little wrong in her 7 career races winning four with two seconds and a third. No. 2 Distinctive Yolie ran a good second against better last time out and Baze sticks. 1-2

Race 3

No. 6 Picture Perfect looks for her 5th straight win on this turf course. No. 1 Secret Shadow will be making a late run at her along with No. 8 Town Belle. 1-6-8

Race 4

No. 1 Stacy’s Hope gets her second shot here at the Gate and will be very tough today. No. 4 Runaway Wildcat gets his first start off the John Martin claim and he has put a solid work in for this. 1-4

Pick four

1st 2-6

2nd 1-2

3rd 1-6-8

4th 1-4

Race 5

We get 3-year-old 20k maidens trying a mile on the grass. No. 1 Zip the Bag has some works that suggest he can run a little and he may get a perfect rail trip. After that the ones we like are stuck on the also list like No. 13 Gallant Charm. 1-13

Race 6

No. 1 Seattle Shift is out of the dam Highshift who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters and this jock and trainer combo have been on fire. No. 6 Vamp Mobile ran a nice even race in her first start and looks the one to beat today. No. 9 Stormy Trip was bet like a good thing in her first start, she exits our HTW list and gets a move up in class. 1-6-9

Exacta box 1-6-9

Race 7

We get another mile turf race for $12,500 claimers. No. 7 D J Dave may like the stretch out and he is bred to get the job done. No. 8 Havanna Jack is very consistent. No. 11 Zapeye may be the one if he draws in from the also list. 7-8-11

Race 8

No. 6 Yerkillnmesmalls gets her second try at this level and looks set for her best. No. 7 Gem in the Rough is the one to beat. 6-7

Pick three

6th 1-6-9

7th 7-8-11

8th 6-7

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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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