Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Great Friends Rule is the speed in this five horse field and will once again try and hold off No. 4 Ranulf who will be stalking from the bell. 3-4

Race 2

No. 1 Shadow Runner has not won in a long time but the drop to this level and the big jockey change could get him home on top today, No. 2 Hurricane Lake is in from Turf Paradise where he was facing some good company, he drops to a level that will make him dangerous for a hot barn. 1-2

Race 3

No. 4 Greenfield d’Oro ran a solid second behind Fashion Plate in her first start and Fashion Plate came right back and scored next out, No. 6 Faith Hope Love has run good in both of her starts and will be tailing Greenfield. No. 7 Sweet Profit looks very live off of that last work first out of the box for trainer Sadler and Kent D. 4-6-7

Race 4

No. 3 Mom Nana Petrie won like a good thing when stretched out on the grass in her last start, she gets the move up by Mullins, No. 1 Heat Du Jour will be sitting chilly down on the rail and try and pounce turning for home 1-3

Race 5

No. 1 Exotic Behavior was claimed off the win by a hot barn and gets the hot riding Bejarano, No. 6 Time for Angie is looking for the hat trick and will be launching a big late run at the speed. 1-6

Players pick five

1st 3-4

2nd 1-2

3rd 4-6-7

4th 1-3

5th 1-6

Race 6

No. 4 Clear Pearl had her race and now is set for her best in this second off the layoff and second in the states, No. 8 Ginger Tap has always been highly regarded by her trainer Neil Drysdale and this filly looks very live off the layoff. No. 11 Scooter Bird exits our HTW list, she gets her second start off the layoff and will be flying late. 4-8-11

Race 7

No. 2 Omega Star will find a very fast early pace to make his last run, No. 8 Boompa has a big last work and gets Mike Smith, he will sit off the pace and make one run down the lane. 2-8

Race 8

THE 75K WISHING WELL GOING DOWN THE HILL

No. 1 Birdlover just won going down the hill with Mike Smith and he will re-ride, No. 4 Fanticola won in her only try going down the hill and comes off a good second. We get the big hook up of Gary Stevens and Tom Proctor on No. 6 Purim’s Dancer who has won four times going down the hill including this race last year, she has a nice last work. 1-4-6

Key exacta box 6 with 1-4

Race 9

20k 4yo and up maiden claimers, the hot riding Tyler Baze gets on second-time starter and dropper No. 5 Clubhouse Rock who comes off a long layoff but that last work says ready, Bob Baffert sends out the big dropper comebacker No. 7 Bad Behavior who was sent off as the 2/1 chalk in his first start last March. No. 12 Atascaderan drops in his second start and gets the bug boy Van Dyke, he will go much better in this spot. 5-7-12

Pick four

6th 4-8-11

7th 2-8

8th 6

9th 5-7-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Gray Madam almost got there when dropped to this level in her last start, No. 4 Soft Shoulders finished right behind the Gray Madam. 1-4

Race 2

Trainer Greg James is very good first off the claim and he sends out No. 3 Successful Bluff first off the claim. 3

Race 3

No. 1 Curvy Cat comes off a good win and looks to repeat, No. 2 Butterfly Soul also comes off a good win and looks to repeat. No. 5 Luscious Lonna is the speed and has won five of her eight starts here. 1-2-5

Race 4

No. 2 Moon Ride ships if first off the Morey claim and is spotted perfectly to recoup the 25k claimed price. 2

Race 5

Hollendorfer drops No. 3 Unusual Fleet looking for the win, bet him to cash. 3

Race 6

We get some huge droppers shipping in, No. 1 Southern Justice and No. 3 Short Sword, both have good early speed and both look very dangerous. 1-3

Race 7

No. 7 Delta Ranger looks very sneaky in here for the high percentage Antonio Diaz, with little early speed in this mile race No. 2 Brock Says just may find himself on the front end and he could get brave. 2-7

Race 8

No. 1 Giant Ego has a big bullet work here on the 2nd and this 5-1/2 furlong distance will be perfect for him, he will need to sit off the hot pace set by No. 2 Atta Boy Pete who is in from Santa Anita for Hollendorfer. 1-2

Race 9

No. 5 French Alps is a reclaim by trainer Hollendorfer, this filly has won four of her eight starts here and will try and turn the tables on No. 7 Jumanah who beat her last time out. 5-7

Double

8th 1-2

9th 5-7

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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