Saber’s Horse Selections

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BELMONT PARK

Race 11

My dad would say if it rains play the gray in the slop, well it looks like we could have some rain with the good old weather man saying 60%. We hope it stays away as these selections will be a made on a dry fast surface but if it does rain head the ole’ man’s words of wisdom as he played the ponies for 60 years which matches the 60% chance of rain.

No one and I mean no one knows this track better than J R Velazquez and he will ride No. 3 Overanalyze who has one of my favorite patterns a win everyother race. In his 8 race career starting way back in August of 2012 with that win at .60 cents on the dollar right out of the box at first asking. Look for a big effort today but he did not handle the off track at Churchill Downs at all so be wary about the track condition. No. 5 Orb really never got untracked from his inside post in the Preakness and will be a solid favorite in this race and he proved he can handle the off going in the Derby, a must use first and second. No. 7 Oxbow has won 3 races including winning the Preakness wire-to-wire when jockey Gary Stevens stole the race setting pedestrian fractions, all 3 of his wins have come wire-to-wire and he will get no such trip today but is good enough to get a piece. No. 9 Revolutionary is one came and consistent colt hitting the board in all of his 7 lifetime starts including a nice 3rd in the Derby with a troubled trip. He got time off and gets Castellano back on and he is two for two when riding this colt and is another who knows the track well and he can handle an off track. No. 12 Palace Malice freaked with the blinkers on in the Derby and will take them off for this and will go much better today but only owns one win a maiden breaker going 6½ furlongs, can be used in the back in exotics. The one filly in this race is No. 13 Unlimited Budget who will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik who will try and become the second female jockey to win the Belmont, the other was Julie Krone who won this race exactly 20 years ago to the day, scary and that last work on June 2nd was a pip, this girl and in fact both girls are live! 3-5-7-12-13

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Race 1

No. 2 Mel’s Game exits our HTW list off a race that he was best, no mistakes today with Talamo getting the ride. No. 3 Scherer Magic woke up big time last time out on his favorite track and in fact all of his wins have come on this course. 2-3

Race 2

This is one bad 20k maiden claimer for fillies and mares. No. 3 Magic Maya gets her second try at this level after splitting the field in her first try. No. 8 Bas ran an even race in her only try at this level but was 7/5 in that race and could only muster a lackluster 3rd. After those two anyone could pop at a big price. 3-8

Race 3

No. 5 Proven Warrior exits our HTW list and gets Talamo, bet him to cash. 5

Race 4

THE GRADE 2 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM 1¼ ON THE GRASS

No. 6 Niagara Falls exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play and gets the major jump in class to this Grade 2, we will still be betting. 6

Race 5

After the Grade 2 we get maiden 2yo fillies going 5 furlongs. No. 6 Tribalista had trouble in her one and only start and will go much better today. 6

Race 6

No. 1 Danderek will pop the gate and play catch me if you can. No. 9 Mr. Make Believe is in top form and the main danger. 1-9

Race 7

There is a ton of early speed in this race and we will opt for the two that will be reeling all the tiring speed in. No. 2 Tummel who gets his first start off the claim and No. 3 Gonna Fly Now  who gets Joe Talamo back in the irons and he won with this 4yo gelding on this  track when breaking his maiden here last year. No. 7 U S Citizen gets his second start off the long layoff and gets off the grass. He will fall into a stalking position and if he can handle the cushion surface he has a shot. 2-3-7

Exacta box 2-3-7

Race 8

No. 8 Judy In Disguise has been facing much better and gets a turn back in distance. If she runs the race she won dong the hill at Santa Anita she wins this 6 furlong Manhattan on the grass. 8

Race 9

No. 4 Luz Atticus Almost got here when dropped to this level last out. No. 9 Pretty Darn Quick gets off the grass and will be the one to fear late. 4-9

Race 10

THE GRADE 2 HONEYMOON

No. 6 Scarlet Strike ran huge when finishing second by a head last out behind No. 9 Charlie Em who also ran huge when battling head to head the entire race. We think Scarlet will strike today with the win. No. 11 Kyriaki exits our HTW list and exits the same race in which she finished 3rd but now gets stuck on the far outside which will compromise her chances. 6-9-11

Key exacta 6 with 9-11 and win on 6

Race 11

No. 5 Spectacularjourney just missed here last out going 7½ furlong so this 7 furlong race will be perfect for him. No. 7 Fernando Suancini ran ok in his one and only and can only improve off of that effort. No. 11 Sinfully almost got there last time out for 40k and now drops to this 20k race. 5-7-11

Double 

Pick four

8th 8

9th 4-9

10th 6-9-11

11th 5-7-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 3 Fantastic Atticus ran good going a mile on the grass last out and now will try going a mile on the synthetic, no problem. 3

Race 2

Now we get 20k maiden claimer going a mile on the grass. No. 8 Trice Up has had back to back narrow misses at this level since shipping here, he only needs to beat No. 9 French Dynasty who he beat last out. 

8-9

Race 3

No. 1 Katy’s Star is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. No. 2 Esperanza Latina won like something good when making her first off the layoff last out and may be this good. No. 6 Papaslilprincess gets off the grass and a turn back in distance and will be the one to fear late. 1-2-6

Race 4

No. 2 Indycott was last seen at Del Mar last September and now shows up in this mile turf race for straight maidens and gets Baze. No. 3 Art Official gets wheeled back in just 8 days off a head loss going 5 furlongs on the grass, he is the one to beat. No. 7 Unusual Lover had his race over the turf course and is ready for his best. 2-3-7

Exacta box 2-3-7 and win and place 3***

Race 5

In this maiden 2yo race No. 6 Demon Dancer is out of the dam Amybdancing who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters and he has a nice 4 furlong drill for his debut. No. 7 Puppy Manners was sent off at .50 cents on the dollar in his first try and never ran a step, he gets blinkers on today. No. 8 Sailors Brother is a Tommy Town first time starter, these connections can score. 6-7-8

Race 6

No. 4 Sedona Ridge gets his first start off the Morey claim. No. 10 Farmer Giles will rebound with the drop in class. 4-10

Race 7

We get 8k maiden fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs. No. 2 Pareau showed good early speed for 20k and the drop will help. No. 8 Routing for Jaklin looks live at first asking. No. 9 Truly Best is in from Santa Anita and gets the big drop in class but owns a nice last work and the hard riding Antongeorgi gets the leg up. 2-8-9

Race 8

No. 1 Captain Corrigan may like it here and may take to the grass. No. 5 Los Bambinos will try and pop the gate and wire them. No. 6 Tiz Fitting always give his best and looks right there. No. 7 Cohiba Cat is in top form and likes this turf course. 1-5-6-7

Race 9

No. 1 Zip Cat ships in looking for easier off the layoff for trainer Jeff Bonde. No. 9 Eagle Screams just did miss going a mile last time out, he goes 6 furlongs today and gets Baze, he will be flying late. 1-9

Exacta box 1-9 and win and place 9

Race 10

The drop No. 4 Blue Line Cat looking for the win as the gig is up, after him it is any ones race. 4

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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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