Saber’s Horse Selections

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HOLLYWOOD PARK

Race 1

No. 5 U S Citizen got hammered at the betting windows in his comeback race May 10th and lost the bob on this 6 furlong turf course, he will be the chalk again and we will single in the players pick five. 5

Race 2

No. 3 Zuzu’s Petals finished second at 15-1 last time out when exiting our HTW list we will use her right back, No. 4 Lets Get Frisky never ran a step on the grass last time out vs. tougher and now gets back to the cushion surface. 3-4

Race 3

THE 70K TSUNAMI SLEW 

In this little stakes race going a mile on the grass Hollendorfer brings in the very speedy No. 1 Olympic Blue from up North and puts Bejarano in the irons, he will try and take them wire-to-wire from his rail post, No. 3 Pure Loyalty ran second here on this mile turf course last out and now gets Gary Stevens. If No. 5 Rosengold can transfer his good Santa Anita form to this track he wins. No. 6 Gabriel Charles won a 100 grander going down the hill at Santa Anita and now comes off a layoff sporting fast works. 1-3-5-6

Race 4

No. 1 Ambitious Brew exits our HTW list off a big try first out sprinting on the grass and now moves to the synthetic surface, he wins this race unless first time starter No. 2 Bro’s Bro whose dam has dropped six winners from six starters including a stakes winner beats him, we will use both. 1-2

Race 5 

No. 6 Captain Beau popped last out here at this 1-1/16 distance for a 16 price tag on the 13th he is back in 10 days for 8k as they strike while the iron is hot with this 7yo gelding, No. 7 Blake won when dropped to this level one race back and has won two of his three starts here. 6-7

Pick five

1st 5

2nd 3-4

3rd 1-3-5-6

4th 1-2

5th 6-7

Race 6

Maldonado gets on No. 5 Rosies Ready who takes her first shot at the grass, we think she will like it and her last work on the 17th says she is on go, Gary Stevens gets on the Richard Mandella first time starter No. 9 Gianthalf who will love the grass but may need longer, her works suggest she is a must use especially with these connections. No. 11 Epistemology comes off the layoff for O’Neill but looks live. 5-9-11

Race 7

No. 6 Quinnette is an interesting price play, she was claimed for 20k at Turf Paradise back in March and now shows up here for Eric Kruljac for the same price and that is a good sign and she gets blinkers on, No. 8 Ghost N Your Heart drops trying to cash. 6-8

Race 8

Trainer Jeff Bonde brings in No. 1 Valentine’s Babe who won at first asking when bet like a good thing at the gate, No. 5 Promiscuoussuances has very big early speed and will be out there with the Babe battling from the bell and that could set things up for No. 8 Tribal Peace who will sit and pounce down the lane. 1-5-8

Race 9

No. 3 Maddog Maddie folded in the stretch last out when dropped to this 20k maiden claiming level, Bejarano sticks and so will we, No. 4 Onemoresweetkiss gets the huge drop in class and could put pressure on Maddie. No. 9 Goodtobewild has finished second in all three of her lifetime starts, she will be the one they will be trying to hold off. No. 14 Huera Bonita gets long shot jockey Kayla Stra and this filly could surprise at a price, we will take our shot with her. 14

Win and place 14

PLEASANTON

Race 3

No. 2 I Cee’s a Tiger is the one to beat at a short price, she is in top form and won the only time she ran here last year, No. 6 Tiz Blushing gets a big drop in class and has a win and a second from two starts here. 2-6

Race 4

No. 8 Mahogany Ridge will find a very fast early pace to make his late run and the drop to this level will make him hard to beat. 8

Race 5

The one time No. 4 Here it Tiz won was at this 5 furlong distance, No. 6 Handful of Pearls looks the one to beat. 4-6

Race 6

No. 6 Victoria’s on Fire tried going long on the grass with little success last out and now is back to the basics, No. 7 Darncat will try and get Baze one win closer to 12,000. The one time No. 10 Lorna from Belize won was on the fair circuit at Sacramento. 6-7-10

Race 7

Jockey Mawing gets on first time starter No. 3 I’ll Be Smart who looks live for trainer Greg James, Baze gets on first time starter No. 4 Bamuel Toi who was working at Santa Anita before venturing here. Trainer John Martin sends out first time starter No. 9 Tribal Dance who is out of the dam Sidestepping who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. 3-4-9

Exacta box 3-4-9

Race 8

THE 50K LIVERMORE VALLEY WINES STAKES

Doug O’Neill brings in No. 1 South Floyd who has been facing better down South, Hollendorfer sends out the speedy No. 5 Our Cognac Kid and the steady No. 6 Outside Nashville. 1-5-6

Race 9

No. 3 Madison Shore will like this 5 furlong distance, No. 4 Crazy About Him drops in class and broke her maiden here last year first out of the box by 7 lengths. No. 5 Love Phone gets Baze. 3-4-5

Race 10

No. 4 Two Step Saturday won here last year and is the one to beat in the last race. 4

Pick four

7th 3-4-9

8th 1-5-6

9th 3-4-5

10th 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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