Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Just another five horse field to start the day and that is before scratches. No. 1 Time for Angie will be coming late for a piece trying to run down No. 3 Frandontjudge who will be gunning from the bell. 1-3

Race 2

We get six runners before scratches in this 20k maiden claimer going 1-1/16 on the dirt and No. 5 Just Dancing looks to be the only runner in here that can close and she gets her first start off the Mike Mitchell claim. 5

Race 3

We get a huge field of seven runners before scratches in this 1-1/8 turf route. No. 5 Tebowing will try and run down No. 7 Highly Rated who is exiting our HTW list. 5-7

Exacta box 5-7 

Race 4

We get back to only six runners before scratches in this 8k claimer. No. 1 Unkept Rendez Vous exits our HTW list off a good second despite trouble, she gets the stretch out today. No. 2 Splendiferous Moon can unleash a huge late kick when she is up to it. No. 3 Acute is the speed and will be winging it on the front end. 1-2-3

Exacta box 1-2-3 and win and place 1

Race 5

We get seven runners before scratches in the last leg of the players pick five. No. 1 Flexiplus is in from Turf Paradise where he was very good at going these marathon turf distances and his jock comes in for the ride. No. 2 Vibrato Jazz has been hanging of late and now Nakatani will try to keep this one going down the lane. 1-2

Pick five

1st 1-3

2nd 5

3rd 5-7

4th 1-2-3

5th 1-2

Race 6

No. 2 The Admiral was odds on in his last start and  ran very good only to lose by a ½ length. No. 4 Icy Ride his stablemate exits our HTW list, he exits the same race and will improve big time today at a price. No. 9 Day of Fury is the third Baffert runner in here and this first time starter sired by Street Sense gets Mike Smith and we take notice. 2-4-9

Exacta box 2-4-9

Race 7

This is a wide open 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint. No. 5 Somethings Unusual gets a turn back and lost by a ½ length one race back on this course. No. 6 Ambitious Brew is the one to beat has he has never been off the board in five starts with 2 wins and 3 seconds and one of those wins came going down the hill. No. 7 Kochees gets Bejarano.  5-6**-7

Key exacta box 6 with 5-7

Race 8

No. 1 Stealth Fighter is a first time starter whose dam has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters including a stakes winner. No. 5 Omar Little drops into a maiden claimer in this his second start after trying the grass. No. 7 Dehere Is Gone is a first time starter out of the dam Sweet Sierra who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters. No. 8 The Cleaners may be the speed on the big drop down. 1-5-7-8

Pick 3

6th 2-4-9

7th 6

8th 1-5-7-8

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Lady Liz gets back to the synthetic surface where she blitzed them one race back. No. 5 Another Flashback gets off the grass and gets a drop in class and that makes her a player. 1-5

Race 2

No. 2 Nancypeggy gets Juan Hernandez back in the irons and he has two wins and a second from the three times he rode this filly. No. 4 Hollanita has won six of her nine starts here. 2-4

Double 

1st 1-5

2nd 2-4

Race 3

No. 1 Papa’s Trashed looks well spotted off the maiden breaker. No. 6 Private Tanner looks to be searching for his correct level. 1-6

Race 4

No. 6 Full’s Dress Code took some action in her one and only start at Santa Anita on Jan 2nd but was eased. She has come back with a bullet work here on the 10th and Baze says he will ride for Sherman so all is ok. 6

Race 5

We will use three exiting the same race. No. 1 Gray Madam who finished 5th but only 1½ behind the winner after a very wide trip. No. 2 Peppery who was 3rd by a neck and No. 5 Forbidden Kee who finished 4th after breaking slow. 1-2-5 exacta box 1-2-5

Race 6

No. 6 Jakob’s Magic gets back to the synthetic surface where he has two wins and a third from his three starts here. 6

Race 7

No. 7 Taramo is looking for the hat trick and may get it. 7

Pick three

5th 1-2-5

6th 6

7th 7

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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