Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 He’s Not too Shaby gets a huge drop in class, he has hit the board in all three of his starts on this dirt course, No. 4 Change of Plan is the only other runner in here that has won on this dirt course and he gets a big break in the weights. 1-4

Race 2

No. 2 Caribe d’Oro is out of the hot Tom Proctor barn and gets the bug boy Vandyke in the irons and a bullet work on December 27th, the move to dirt will help her chances, No. 5 Jetbird ran good here last March and has been working with a purpose for her comeback. Mike Smith gets on the Mike Puype first-time starter No. 6 Cougarontheprowl who is very live. 2-5-6

Race 3

The one time jockey Bejarano rode No. 1 Appealing Resume he got the win and it was at this level, No. 4 With a Miracle exits the same race as Resume, she was the chalk. 1-4

Race 4

Lots of early zip in this race and that will set things up nicely for No. 4 Two Blue Hens who will sit chilly off the pace and run them down late. 4

Race 5

In the last leg of the players pick five we get 20k maiden claimers going 7 furlongs and that can get very dicey, No. 3 Gentlemen Pete is 0-22 and may end up as one of the favorites and that is how bad this race is, he takes another drop in class and gets Bejarano in the irons, another new bug boy on the grounds Steven Garcia who I believe is the son of Victor Garcia who had been training No. 11 Ten Tequilas will ride Ten Tequilas who ran a very good second at Hollywood Park going 7-1/2 furlongs. The one good race that No. 14 Italian Mirage ran was here when finishing a solid second for a 30k price tag. 3-11-14

Exacta box 3-11-14 and win and place 14

Race 6

No. 2 Brother Pete exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play off of back-to-back good seconds on the grass, he now goes a mile on the green and is the one to beat, No. 4 Peace and Justice is in from Belmont for trainer Shirreffs and he looks dangerous with these. No. 7 Money Clip also exits our HTW list and has the Proctor/Stevens hook up. 2-4-7

Exacta box 2-4-7 and win and place 2

Race 7

No. 5 Public Policy finished 3rd at 3/2 last time out at Hollywood when exiting our HTW list, he is now back at Santa Anita where he was beat by a nostril in his first start when Bejarano rode him and he is back on board today, No. 12 Nooten gets off the grass and gets a major rider upgrade to Mike Smith who rode Public Policy last time out. 5-12

Race 8

THE GRADE 2 MONROVIA 

Down the hill they go in the Monrovia and the speedy No. 2 Kindle ran second by a half-length in this race last year when getting beat at the wire by Mizdirection, No. 3 Purim’s Dancer has won four of her six starts going down the hill. No. 8 Pontchatrain is two for two down the hill and the one to beat. 2-3-8

Key exacta box 8 with 2-3

Race 9

Proctor drops No. 1 Strollin Home one more notch and puts the bug boy Vandyke in the irons, after her this one is very, very wide open. 1

GOLDEN GATE 

Race 1

The best way to play this race is don’t or hit the all button, No. 1 Kathy’s Request has finished second in all three of her starts here at this 8k level, she gets a new jock today and that could get her home. 1

Race 2

Jockey Juan Hernandez is back from his short vacation and will ride No. 1 Jewel Seeker for trainer Bill Morey, No. 4 English Puddin comes back to the spot of her last win and she really blitzed them that day. No. 7 Jumanah will fall into a nice tracking position and could get the jump on the top two. 1-4-7

Race 3

No. 3 Just Plain Hope may have some hope in this 8k maiden claimer as he drops and gets off the grass in this his third start, No. 5 Thrills and Chills also gets his third start and is in from down South and gets a top jock. 3-5

Race 4

No. 7 Here It Tiz gets a turn back in distance and will be making a late run, she looks set for a huge effort, No. 9 Mark a Star is in top form and the one to beat. No. 10 Sotally Tober exits the same race as Mark and gets a rider upgrade. 7-9-10

Exacta box 7-9-10

Race 5

No. 2 Go Black Tie is in from Hollywood Park and gets a top jock, No. 7 Terrys Tom Cat ran good going this mile distance in his last start and will be right there. No. 10 Three Strike Rule ran a solid second in his first try going a mile on this synthetic surface after three good efforts on the grass. 2-7-10

Exacta box 2-7-10

Race 6

No. 4 Butterfly Soul just missed in her last two starts on this turf course, No. 5 Ighraa exits the same race and finished second a half-length in front of the Butterfly. No. 8 Runfasterelse was the winner of the race. 4-5-8

Race 7

No. 3 Power of Ten looks to have woke up with those last two works, she will find a super hot pace to make her late run, No. 9 Sudden Sunday will sit just off the pace and try and get the jump on the Power of Ten. 3-9

Race 8

No. 4 Dreamy Kid did not get the best trip in his first start here, he gets a new jock and he may get there this time around. 4

Race 9

No. 2 Black Mischief lost in her first start at 6/5 when getting run down late, she may not stop today, No. 3 Duchess Debbie may be the one to fear late. 2-3

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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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