Saber’s Horse Selections

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Hollywood Park

Race 1

Jockey Bejarano who is in a real dog fight for the riding title here jumps on No. 3 Metaxa for low profile Denise Breuer who is looking for her first win at the meet. Joe Talamo who is battling with Bejarano will re-ride No. 4 Miz Wounded Knee who comes off a big maiden breaking win here back in May. 3-4

Race 2

No. 2 Single Launch drops from a 50k maiden claimer to this 30k maiden claimer and will show all of his speed today, bet him to cash. No. 3 Alkaray drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and gets off the grass also for the first time and gets a turn back in distance, he will be coming with a late run. 2-3

Race 3

If Maldonado can clear with No. 4 Full’s Figurehead she will be gone. We will single in the players pick five. 4

Race 4

No. 1 Major Affair ran big when going down the hill at Santa Anita and now will try the 6 furlong Hollywood turf course, Ron Ellis looks to have him ready for a big effort. No. 2 Power Ped comes off the layoff for Richard Mandella and we give him a big shot. No. 5 Cacau is the other speed in the race and he has been working a hole in the wind. 1-2-5

Race 5

No. 5 Trucial State drops back to the level of his last win and gets Bejarano back in the irons. No. 6 Big Wags is in top form, loves this track and distance but gets his first start off the claim. No. 7 Arraignment gets off the grass and drops for John Sadler. 5-6-7

Pick five

1st 3-4

2nd 2-3

3rd 4

4th 1-2-5

5th 5-6-7

Race 6

The hot riding Irving Orozco gets on No. 1 Addendum for trainer Cerin second off the claim, Cerin hits at around .45% second off the claim. No. 5 Nihilist gets a big drop in class but has the last work that signals she is on go for this. No. 4 Distant Image will be the one to fear late. 1-4-5

Race 7

No. 1 Unbridled Giant has found a home going long on the grass and will get the perfect trip from his rail post, we will single in the late pick three. 1

Win and place 1

Race 8

No. 3 Mr. Fitzramathorn will go better today with the drop to this level. Irving Orozco gets his shot on ten time loser No. 4 J Man. Must give first time starter No. 7 Entitled Punk a shot in this very weak field. No. 8 Wise Boss is the speed and may not stop today first off the claim, the drop in class and Maldanado gunning from the bell. 3-4-7-8

Pick three

6th 1-4-5

7th 1

8th 3-4-7-8

Pleasanton

Race 1

The last time No. 4 Flight of a Dream won was when Frank Alvarado was on him and he will get back on today. No. 6 Gambling Miss is the filly to beat. 4-6

Race 2

No. 1 Our Curious Kitten is the price play from off the pace. No. 2 Distinctive Yolie gets the big drop in class and will be odds on in here but has burned some serious cash in her last four starts. No. 3 Piano Kitty has a win and a third from her two stars here. 1-2-3

Race 3

No. 4 Kingman Kid comes off the layoff at a higher price than when he won back in May, he owns a win here and has some good works. No. 7 Life Is a Rock gets his first start off the John Martin claim. 4-7

Race 4

The gig is up on No. 3 King’s Landing as he gets the huge drop in class after that they all stink in here. 3

Race 5

No. 1 Tentimesthetrouble gets off the grass and is the speed on the rail, we like. 1

Win and place 1

Race 6

No. 7 Katie’s Song and No. 8 Marynetta will both try and run down No. 1 Not to Notty. 1-7-8

Exacta box 1-7-8

Race 7

No. 3 Trice Up has run all good races since moving to this circuit. No. 4 Winningconnections exits our HTW list off a huge win off the layoff when crushing his field at Hollywood Park, he is claim proof in here and will try and go long. Peter Miller brings in No. 6 Keyboard Courage, this will be a big drop in class for him and the bug boy Cesar Ordaz gets the call. No. 7 Tiz Fitting comes here in top form and has proven he can dirt. 3-4-6-7

Race 8

In the last leg of the late pick four as they say speed kills and there is a ton of early speed in here so we will opt for three that will be making late runs. No. 2 Find Water who has a nice last work. No. 4 Vengeful Song at 20-1 on the morning line with the hot riding Leslie Mawing getting the leg up and No. 9 Mojave Secret is the one to beat. 2-4-9

Pick four

5th 1

6th 1-7-8

7th 3-4-6-7

8th 2-4-9

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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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