Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

We start this horrible Friday card with a bad 16k claiming race for 3yo fillies and to make it even worse there are only five of them and that is before scratches. No. 3 Warren’s Puppy Love won at first asking and is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker. No. 4 Passion Bucket won in her second start when Tyler Baze got on for the ride and he is back. No. 1 gets Orozco back and the one time he rode this filly her got the win and it was her only start on this dirt track, if a price we could play her. 1-3-4

Race 2

Trainer John Sadler claimed No. 1 Prospector Alley for 50k one race back and then tried him going long on the grass and he never ran a step. He now drops him back to the claimed price and puts him back on the dirt, we will single in the players pick five. 1

Race 3

3yo go a mile on the grass. No. 1 Awesome Return won in his only start on the grass and it was at this mile distance. No. 4 Lucky Views will be on the front end and could get brave if left alone. No. 5 Texas Ryano won at first asking going a mile on the grass here back on Jan 20th. 1-4-5

Exacta box 1-4-5

Race 4

No. 4 Vicki Victoria is in good form and the slight drop could get her home. No. 5 Cayanna will try and run Vicki down. 4-5

Race 5

Down the hill they go and we get the good connections of jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella hooking up on No. 4 Misdeed and Prat has won 2 of his last 4 rides for Mandella, we think he will make it 3 out of 5 and we will single. 4

Players pick five

1st 1-3-4

2nd 1

3rd 1-4-5

4th 4-5

5th 4

Race 6

No. 4 Senator Bob has big early speed and gets his first start off the Jeff Bondi claim. No. 5 Newfound Gold drops off the claim and will be very dangerous at this level. No. 7 Traweek gets Maldo back and he won with this gelding three races back. 4-5-7

Race 7

No. 1 Bobby Flay is the main one in this mile turf race as he finds a field loaded with early speed. He will sit off the hot pace and pounce on them down the lane. We will key him in exactas with No. 2 Meringue Pie and No. 4 Tiz Futurity. 1** with 2-4

Key exacta box 1 with 2-4 and a key  tri 1 with 2-4 with 2-4

Win and place 1

Race 8

No. 3 Parade Bound just failed to hold last time out at this 5½ furlong distance. No. 7 Among the Stars gets her first start off the Sadler claim and moves off the rail and gets a new jock, bet her to cash. 3-7

GOLDEN GATE 

Race 1

No. 2 Sunrise Legacy moves up off the easy wire-to-wire win. No. 6 Surprise Sale has won five of his eight starts and three of five here. 2-6

Race 2

Trainer Steve Sherman sends out live first time starter No. 2 Call It Luke and he hits at around .30% with his first time starters. Baze gets on No. 3 Johnny Reb who looks one two with these. 2-3

Race 3

We will try and beat the Baze in here and use No. 1 Commandress who had a horrible trip in her last start but still ran a solid third and No. 5 Bottle Blonde the other Hollendorfer runner who gets a drop in class. 1-5

Race 4

No. 2 San Sebastian lost by a nose and a head in his two starts going a mile on this synthetic surface. No. 5 More Champagne gets a double jump in class of the Victor Trujillo claim, he will be a square price. 

2-5

Exacta box 2-5 and win and place 5

Race 5

No. 4 Lexie Arleen never runs a bad race and just missed at this mile distance one race back. No. 5 Spanishsugarrr woke up big time when sent this distance in her last two starts. 4-5

Double 

4th 2-5

5th 4-5

Race 6

No. 2 Devil’s Backbone lost a heartbreaker in her last start when Carr got the ride and he is back on today. No. 4 Solo Ella exits the same race and she led most of the way. No. 7 Lucky Oracle also exits the race and that was her first start and she ran a beautiful even race to finish just 1½ lengths behind the winner. 2-4-7

Exacta and tri box 2-4-7

Race 7

This is the last race today and we will use a speed horse and a closer. The speed is No. 3 Say Say and the closer is No. 7 English Puddin, both trained by the same trainer. 3-7

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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