Saber’s Horse Selections

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

SANTA ANITA

Race 1

What a way to start the new year at Santa Anita with the ugliest of ugly races, if you are lucky you have a little hangover and will miss this one. No. 2 Lethal Miss is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker and No. 4 Glad’s Gals who exits our HTW list off a 12-length win is listed at 4/5 on the morning line. 2-4

Race 2

No. 3 Safety Belt is in from Argentina and Stevens will take a rare ride for trainer Ron McAnally who must really like this one to put Gary on board, No. 6 Holy Candy likes this course. 3-6

Race 3

We will use two that ran together last time out No. 2 Cook Inlet the winner, No. 7 Go to the Pulpit who finished second by a neck and also exits our HTW list. No. 8 Noble Kent who is on a win every other race pattern finished second behind Cook Inlet in that one’s other win. 2-7-8

Race 4

In this 20k maiden claimer the ones that have faced the starter don’t look like much so we will opt for the first-time starters such as No. 1 Robertino who has been in steady work mode here since October, No. 3 Warren’s Brother who has been here working since September and No. 8 Right On Schedule who has a nice work pattern. 1-3-8

Race 5

The two class horses in this 1-1/16 optional claimer are No. 6 Den’s Legacy whose last win was way back and No. 7 Setsuko who won here at this distance back in February. 6-7

Race 6

For some reason Gary Stevens gets on No. 4 Perfecta who is 10/1 on the morning line, we must use. No. 9 High Jinks has some long shot appeal also and she is 15/1 on the morning line. 4-9

Exacta box 4-9 and win and place 9

Race 7

No. 2 Everheart ran a much better than looked race first out of the box, No. 4 Glance’s Rule exits the same race and gets a nice jock switch, she may be the speed today. 2-4

Race 8

THE 75K BLUE NORTHER

They go a mile on the grass in the Blue Norther, No. 1 Famous Alice exits our HTW list off a nice win first out going 6 furlongs on the grass, she will love this mile race, No. 5 Full Ransom has won back-to-back going a mile on the grass and then came here. No. 6 Sushi Empire gets Nakatani back in the irons and he lost by a nose the last time he rode Sushi Empire. 1-5-6

Exacta box 1-5-6

Race 9

No. 3 Goyan 10/1 will wake up with the drop and getting on the dirt, No. 7 Grand Humor has some big early speed and drops into a maiden claimer for this his third start. No. 9 Through My Eyes lost here by 3/4 of a length for a 50k price tag last January, he has been working with a purpose. No. 10 Apache Ambush, will go better with the drop to this level and this post will be a help. 3-7-9-10

Tri box 3-7-9-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 T. D.’s Gold is well spotted off the maiden breaker, No. 3 Jets to Brazil last won when Baze rode him and he will ride today. No. 6 Eight Stitches gets the big drop in class. 1-3-6

Race 2

No. 2 Pocosin Game Girl finally got the win in start number 10, she can come right back at this level, No. 5 Tizhardtoget drops into a soft spot. 2-5

Double

1st 1-3-6

2nd 2-5

Race 3

No. 1 Fishers Cross is the stable mate of No. 3 Time to Glow, the one to beat, No. 2 Trouble X Two comes to town looking for easier on the grass. 1-2-3

Race 4

In the early pick four we will single No. 7 Lucky Gotum who only needs to run the race he did here on November 16th to get the win. 7

Race 5

No. 3 Royal Dream loves this turf course and is the one to beat off his last four races here, No. 5 Seeking the Stitch will be trying to run the top one down. 3-5

Pick four

2nd 2-5

3rd 1-2-3

4th 7

5th 3-5

Race 6

No. 5 Play Misty for Us has won four out of her last five starts, No. 8 Hill of Tara drops big time and could get a piece late. No. 9 Wild Excess will try and turn the tables on Play Misty and she did beat her three races back. 5-8-9**

Key exacta box 9 with 5-8

Race 7

No. 3 Eldorado Prado lost to No. 7 Funny How by a head last time out, he looks to return the favor. 3-7

Race 8

No. 2 High Greeley gets his second start off the long layoff and looks ready to fire, No. 3 Thunder Rode is the main danger as this first-time starter has some real good works for this. 2-3

Race 9

No. 2 Unremitting drops off the win and gets a new trainer and a turn back to a sprint, he will be flying late, No. 8 Epic Electorate gets his first start off the claim, he is the one to beat. 2-8

Pick four

6th 5-8-9

7th 3-7

8th 2-3

9th 2-8

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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