Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Afflication has good early speed and won by 12 lengths the last time he was here. No. 5 Only the Gold beat Afllication by a ½ length the last time the met. No. 6 Twin Six beat Only the Gold one race back and ran over his head last time out, the bug girl who was on him for the win, Amelia Green, is back on board. 2-5-6

Race 2

THE GRADE 2 SANTA YNEZ

No. 1 Taste Like Candy ran a game second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet going 1-1/16, she is back sprinting today and back on the dirt. 1

Double

1st 2-5-6

2nd 1

Race 3

THE 75K MIDNIGHT LUTE

Well a midnight horse can win this. No. 2 Midnight Transfer gets back on the dirt and back to a sprint, he has three wins here and is 1-for-1 at this 6 furlong distance. No. 5 Cyclometer has some good tracking speed and is loaded with bullets for this. 2-5

Race 4

No. 3 Avare drops for O’Neill and has big early speed, he will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 1 Square Dancer will offer some value in this spot, he will fall into a good stalking position and gets in with a feather. 1-3

Race 5

Maiden 3yo go 7 furlongs in the second half of our middle 18% take out double. No. 3 Snuggley Bear ran a good second going 7½ furlongs in his last start and gets Bejarano back. No. 4 Hold Everything gets a little turn back in distance as he finished second in his last two starts going 1-1/16. Gary Stevens gets on the Baffert first time starter No. 5 Bayern who has been working very fast. No. 6 Los Borrachos is a second time starter for trainer Richard Mandella and this 3yo colt gets a major rider upgrade and exits a real tough race in which the winner came back to score again. Baffert who sends out Hold Everything and Bayern also sends out first time starter No. 9 Hoppertunity whose dam has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters. 3-4-5-6-9

Double

4th 1-3

5th 3-4-5-6-9

Race 6

Now we get maiden fillies going down the hill. Bejarano rides No. 7 Keezheekoni for trainer Eurton. She ran a solid 3rd in her first start going 6 furlongs on the Hollywood grass, we love her chances in this race from off the pace. 7

Win and place 7

Race 7

This mile dirt race is very wide open. No. 4 Cat Burglar took the Hollywood meet off and is rested and ready to fire on a course that he is proven on with a win and a second form two starts. 4

Race 8

THE GRADE 2 SAN GABRIEL

This is a very soft group for a Grade 2. No. 1 Slim Shadey could wake up in this spot for the hot Simon Callaghan as he has the rail. Nakatani has speed and owns 4 wins here but none at this 1-1/8 distance. No. 4 Dubai You X Y Z never puts in a bad effort. No. 9 Jeranimo an old pro with lots of back class, he is not the same horse he was but would have destroyed these at one time, he can wake up here. 1-4-9

Race 9

We get 50k maiden claimers going 7 furlongs. No. 5 Awesome T gets a major rider upgrade in this his second off the layoff and first on dirt. No. 8 Seeking Asylum ran his best race on this dirt course and has been in steady work mood here. 5-8

Double 

8th 1-4-9

9th 5-8

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 7 Soul Crazy took a little action in her first start and it was going this mile turf distance. No. 1 Soul Searcher gets her second start on this circuit and now will go long on the grass, we need a lot of soul in this race. 1-7

Race 2

The ones that have run in this race do not entice so we will opt for two first time starters: No. 3 Morning Fix and No. 4 Dizzy Tizzy. 3-4

Race 3

Baze has been on No. 1 Very Elusive two times, he got a win and a narrow neck loss. No. 3 Rockin Melody had a very wide trip when finishing a close 5th behind Very Elusive last time out, with a better trip he will be right there. 1-3

Race 4

No. 2 Jazz Girl ships in from the South and gets a big drop in class, trainer Jeff Bonde drops No. 5 Gift of Tiffany in this her second off the layoff and Baze gets the call. 2-5

Race 5 

No. 8 Ramble On Rose gets back to her level and will be hard to beat with these, we will single 8

Win and place 8

Race 6

No. 3 Wildcat Candy ships in from the South for Hess and gets a big drop looking for the win. No. 5 I Didn’t Cheat ran ok in his one and only start and has a bullet here on the 1st and gets a big drop in class. No. 8 Stretch Home has finished second in both of his starts here. 3-5-8

Race 7

No. 6 Cane Seeker is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker on this turf course. No. 9 Dontextndrive is the one to beat. 6-9

Race 8

No. 4 Giant Ego has 3 wins and 3 second from his 6 starts here. No. 5 Rush In looks to be the main danger.

3-5

Race 9

No. 3 Bobgeepers woke up when moved to the synthetic surface. No. 6 Spectrus will be his main concern. 

3-6

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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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