Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Crusher will be on or near the lead. No. 7 Gold Tie Please exits our HTW list and gets his first start off the claim and a very troubled trip. 2-7

Exacta box2-7 and win and place 7

Race 2

No. 3 Profire is in from Gulfstream Park and lands in the barn of John Sadler. No. 5 Forest Boy is the stablemate of Profire and gets the visiting Javier Castellano in the irons. No. 6 Battled is the speed and Rosario will be gunning from the bell. 3-5-6

Exacta and tri box 3-5-6

Race 3

No. 1 Buckingham Bull is the filly to beat off her turf race here back in October. No. 2 Cavalletta ran right behind Bull in that October race and  has five second from six starts on this turf course. 1-2

Race 4

No. 5 Wild Media likes this track and has some nice works. No. 6 Door’s Open has won 3 of his 4 starts here. No. 8 Five Palms will get a perfect stalking trip. 5-6-8

Key exacta box 8 with 5-6

Race 5

Down the hill we go. No. 2 Hotradamus drops back in for a price. No. 3 Koast has won 3 of his 6 starts going down the hill. No. 5 Trelawny is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. No. 10 Mr. Bossy Pants is a turf sprint specialist and gets the perfect post for this. 2-3-5-10

Race 6

THE GRADE 1 La BREA

We will take our shot and single No. 7 Madame Cactus who is 2-for-2 at this 7 furlong distance, her works say GO! 7

Race 7

THE GRADE 2 SIR BEAUFORT

We need to go deep in this wide open mile turf race starting with No. 2 Tiz a Minister who exits our HTW list, he will be flying like a freight train late. No. 6 Gervinho who gets back to his best distance after a good try going 1¼ in the Hollywood Derby. No. 7 Procurement who also loves this mile distance. No. 8 No Jet Leg who gets Rosario and No. 9 Tom’s Tribute who is 2-for-2 here and gets Mike “Big Race” Smith.

2-6-7-8-9

Double

6th 7

7th 2-6-7-8-9

Race 8

THE GRADE 1 MALIBU

This field is loaded with quality and we will go with two of the Baffert runners: No. 2 Shakin It Up, who loves this course, and No. 4 Flashback, the colt to beat off that last work. 2-4

Race 9

We go from a race that was loaded with quality from one that has none. We will single No. 8 Mr. Cactus and hope that this is a day for the Cactus. This 2yo colt drops in class and gets a major rider upgrade and moves from turf to dirt. 8

PICK FOUR

6TH 7

7TH 2-6-7-8-9

8TH 2-4

9TH 8

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Domasco Cat will get a good rail trip right behind the speed. No. 3 Ya Wanna Hug was in top form before the little layoff and comes back with a bullet work. No. 5 Musical Arts is the one to beat from off the pace. 1-3-5

Race 2

No. 1 Twitter Pie and No. 5 Koby Jo will both try and run down No. 3 Marks Mine. 1-3-5

Race 3

No. 4 Suances Candy has found a home here winning both of his starts wire to wire, No. 6 Six Votes is the other speed. No. 7 Red Defense will hope the top two get into a speed duel. 4-6-7**

Key exacta 7 with 4-6

Race 4

No. 6 Lota Spunk is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. No. 7 Farmer Giles is on the same pattern. 6-7

Pick four

1st 1-3-5

2nd 1-3-5

3rd 7

4th 6-7

Race 5

No. 6 Vitamin D is a very live first time starter for John Martin off a nice 5 furlong work. No. 7 Dayjur Hooq drops and is back sprinting. 6-7

Exacta box 6-7 and win and place 7

Race 6

We will single No. 5 Kern River in the late pick four. He will get a good early pace to set up his big late run. 5

Race 7

No. 2 Galea lost by a head in his last start. No. 9 Crawford the Crook exits the same race and was less than two lengths back but now gets the man. 2-9

Race 8

No. 1 Salah Champ has come alive since moving to the grass. No. 5 Rockin’ Melody was a nostril behind the Salah Champ last time out. No. 8 Very Elusive gets Baze back and the one time he was on this 3yo gelding he got the win. 1-5-8

Race 9

No. 8 Brojac is a first time starter out of the barn of Jeff Bonde, he looks ready to strike. No. 9 Marcassin ran ok when dropped in his last start. No. 10 Bertrandos Express could wake up at a price in this spot. 

8-9-10

Pick four

6th 5

7th 2-9

8th 1-5-8

9th 8-9-10

CHECK FOR LATE SCRATCHES AND CHECK THAT THE SADDLE CLOTH NUMBERS MATCH OUR SELECTION NUMBERS

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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