Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Where are all the horses? Only 56 runners sign on for today’s eight race card and that is before scratches. No. 2 Oh Billy Billy stretches out for Baffert in this his second start after going off at 6/5 and running a lackluster 4th in start number 1. He will be playing catch me if you can. 2

Race 2

No. 2 Zia Zia Zia has big early speed and owns a win and a second in two tries on this dirt course. No. 3 Scherzinger also likes this dirt course and gets back on it after a failed attempt on the grass. 2-3

Race 3

No. 3 Tasha’s Courage drops to the bottom in this his second start. The hard trying Kayla Stra will ride and the price will be a good one. No. 4 Perfectly Legal is a live first time starter. 3-4

Race 4

No. 1 Inner Groove only needs to transfer her Hollywood cushion track form to the dirt and she wins. Chantal won with No. 4 Eltoninadress her one race back. 1-4

Race 5

No. 3 Laria is a second time starter for trainer John Shirreffs. She ran ok in her one and only  sprint on the dirt and now will go a mile on the grass, she is bred for it. No. 5 One Time Only is the filly to beat off her nose loss at this turf distance one race back. No. 6 Shrilanka ran good on this turf course one race back and now gets Mike Smith as her regular rider Nakatani opts for comebacker No. 7 Belonging. 

5** with 3-6-7

Key exacta box tri 5 with 3-6-7

Race 6

No. 1 E Equalsmcsquared has run some huge races against much better, bet her to cash. 1

Race 7

Steven Asmussen brings in No. 4 Regally Ready and Mike Smith gets the call. This 7yo gelding owns 3 wins and 3 thirds from five starts on this turf course. No. 5 Boat Trip is fresh off a win and the Hollywood Turf Express. He can get a mile and was flattered by the win by the second place finisher in the race. No. 3 No Silent finished in a dead heat for second in the same race. 3-4-5

Race 8

No. 2 Corinthian Melody ran one of his best races in her only try on this dirt course and Bejarano gets on. No. 4 Sidebar comes off the layoff and a key race at Del Mar. No. 6 Full’s Dress Code is a first time starter that looks like a runner for a sharp outfit. 2-4-6

Double

7th 3-4-5

8th 2-4-6

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Tiz Crowded had his race and now goes long. She has won 3 of her 4 starts at this mile distance. No. 1 Say Say ships in and gets the big drop in class. 1-2

Race 2

Jockey Kyle Frey will try and take down first of the low take out doubles on No. 2 Melanie Rose who gets back to a sprint. Baze gets on first time starter No. 4 Saint Lemone. 2-4

Double 

1st 2-4

2nd 1-2

Race 3

No. 2 Hollanita has won 5 of her 8 starts here and gets her first start off the Greg James claim and he hits at .50% first off the claim. No. 4 Pat’s Back is back in town and back to the spot of her last win. No. 6 Ancient Artifact will be right there. 2-4-6

Race 4

Both No. 3 Jonny T and No. 5 Tip Me Out look ready to go long. 3-5

Race 5

No. 2 Stormy Surge is 11 year’s old and can still run, he has won his last two starts. Baze gets on No. 3 Paseo Alegro and that makes him very tough with these. No. 6 My T Quick is looking for the hat trick for a red hot trainer. 2-3-6

Race 6

8k maiden claimers go a flat mile. No. 1 White Queen gets off the grass and gets the big drop in class. No. 4 Rodster ran a solid second in his last race and it was at this mile distance. No. 9 Katavina may like going long. 1-4-9

Race 7

Only seven races on today Golden Gate card. No. 5 Deputy Miss drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and has a bullet work here on December 29th, we will single. 5

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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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