Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Bench Press won his last start for a price tag of 40k but had his number taken down, he moves in with straight maidens and gets a new jockey, No. 5 Forest Boy is the stablemate of Bench Press and he missed by a nostril in his last start here going six furlongs, his last work has him ready to fire another big shot. 3-5

Race 2

No. 1 Include the Cat owns a win here at the distance, he will try and run down No. 5 Rhodium on the stretch-out and No. 6 Melanistic, both will be out there winging it on the front end. 1

Race 3

The main question is who will be in front in this 20k 5-1/2 furlong maiden claimer? Dropper No. 5 Exclude has a big last work and may find the lead or very close to it, after that its anyone’s guess. 5

Race 4

A flat mile on the grass at this level just may be the answer for No. 2 Den’s Legacy who almost got there in his last start on the dirt at this level going 1 1/16. 2

Race 5

Joe Steiner can still ride when he gets one and he is on No. 9 Everheart who ran a solid second last time out despite breaking slow, No. 1 Q’Viva exits the same race and finished a head behind Everheart. 1-9

Race 6

Gary Stevens gets on the Tom Proctor first-time starter No. 9 Diversy Harbor a 3yo filly by the great Curlin, all systems are on go! Mike Smith gets one No. 11 Pragmatical for Mike Puype, she will like this downhill course. 9-11

Exacta box 9-11 and win and place 9

Race 7

Second time starter No. 1 Chelios was well bet in his first start and now gets an extra half furlong to make his run down the lane, bet him to cash, Interesting that the bug boy Vandyke gets on first-time starter No. 4 Commander Lute for Bob Baffert, this Midnight Lute colt could surprise. Mike Smith rides first-time starter No. 5 Surfer Moon who has been working like a runner for Ron Ellis. No. 8 Dublin Up is in from Churchill Downs where he bedded down in the barn of Dale Romans, he showed good early speed there in his one and only and may like it here. No. 9 Sawyer’s Hill was well bet in his one start at Del Mar last year when finishing a solid third, Bejarano gets the call. 1-4-5-8-9

Race 8

Down the hill they go in the 75k Clocker’s Corner, No. 4 Boat Trip will be flying late and just missed going down the hill by a nostril in the Grade 3 Eddie D, No. 6 El Commodore will insure a fast early pace. Mike Smith may try and rate No. 9 Ready for More right behind the speed, if so he will have a shot first off the Mike Mitchell claim. 4**-6-9

Key exacta box 4 with 6-9 and win and place 4

Race 9

No. 2 Broker Brett drops and gets a major rider upgrade, the money run, No. 9 Tribal Smoke will be right there if he can break clean today. 2-9

Pick four

6th 9-11

7th 1-4-5-8-9

8th 4

9th 2-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 3 Terrys Tom Cat finds a field loaded with early speed, he will be rolling late for the win. 3

Win and place 3

Race 2

Trainer Dan Blacker won with his only shipper here and now he brings in No. 5 Rock Off who will be very tough to beat, No. 6 Bridge Jumper is the speed of the speed and will be playing catch me if you can on the drop down. 5-6

Race 3

No. 2 High Greeley drops into a maiden claimer for the first-time and will be hard to beat at this level, No. 3 Curious Spy also drops and gets blinkers on. 2-3

Exacta box 2-3

Race 4

No. 7 Jumanah will sit chilly off the hot pace and try and mow them down at the wire. 7

Pick four

1st 3

2nd 5-6

3rd 2-3

4th 7

Race 5

Another race with a ton of early speed that will set things up for No. 3 Janero from off the pace, his last work has him set, No. 6 Heroically looks the main danger if able to sit right off the hot pace. 3-6

Race 6

No. 3 Short Sword ships in and looks odds on with these if he has three legs but the big drop, why? No. 7 Peace Be Still just missed in his last start when changing his style and coming off the pace. 3-7

Race 7

No. 6 Three Strike Rule has gotten close in his last three starts does that mean he is out! No. 8 Crushed it is in from the South and looks to have found a good spot for the maiden breaker. 6-8

Race 8

No. 4 Run Sophia Run is in top form and the filly to beat, No. 7 Power of Ten will try and get her on the line. 4-7

Exacta box 4-7 and win and place 4

Race 9

No. 3 Gray Madam drops trying to cash, No. 4 Potentiality is well spotted off the maiden win. No. 5 Forbidden Kee also drops looking for the winners circle. 3-4-5

Double

8th 4-7

9th 3-4-5

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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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