Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Courtside just missed at this level in his last start and now moves into a good barn. No. 4 Paseo Alegro gets his second start off the claim and the move to this longer distance. The fact that Bejarano gets the call makes him the one to beat and he does exit our HTW list and exits the same race as Courtside and No. 5 Truelee Scrappin who was a neck in from of Paseo going 5½ furlongs. No. 6 One Firm Cat gets a drop in class and loves this 7 furlong distance with 2 wins and a third from three starts. 

4**-1-5-6

Key exacta box 4 with 1-5-6 and box 4-6

Race 2

If the track comes up wet No. 1 Quizzical loves a wet track and is a must use with Van Dyke getting the call. No. 3 Llandudno gets Talamo back in the irons and she will get a good stalking trip behind the speed. No. 5 Peppy Bolly loves this track with 4 wins and 3 seconds from her eight starts here. 1-3-5

Race 3

No. 4 Taran Taran gets Gary Stevens riding for Bob Baffert off the layoff, this one is very live. No. 5 Mank exits our HTW list off a solid second when coming off the layoff, with the race under his belt he will be hard to beat today. 4-5

Race 4

Scheduled to go down the hill if the rains are gone. Fernando Perez gets back on No. 4 Old Man Lake who just missed going down the hill with him riding one race back. No. 5 Bobo gets blinkers on and Brice Blanc and he won in his only try going down the hill. No. 6 Boozer won in his only try also and he may be the speed of the speed. 4-5-6

Race 5

No. 5 She Digs Me just won at this distance in his first start here for Peter Miller and now gets the move up in class and the price will be a good one. No. 7 First Strike will be the one that will be making a big late run at the speed. 5-7

Win and place 7

Race 6

No. 2 L X Sunrise looks to have woke up in start number two and now will try and go 1-1/16. No. 3 Big Rosie Brown was sent way over her head last time out and now is back where she can do some damage especially with Bejarano getting the call. No. 8 Chicago Angel will show all of her speed today with the bug boy Van Dyke getting on board. 2-3-8

Exacta box 2-3-8 and win and place 3

Race 7

In a race loaded with early speed the question is who will be the closer and will one of the speed horse get clear early? No. 8 Vindicated Ruler just may be the best of the early speed off the long layoff as she has run good off a layoff in the past. No. 7 Willetta had a tough trip in her last start and did run second behind the Vindicated Ruler last year at Del Mar. No. 9 Warren’s Assassin could be a good price play off the layoff and getting back to the dirt. 7-8-9

Race 8

THE GRADE 3 SANTA YSABEL

This race is good for 10 Kentucky Oaks points, Mike Smith who rode No. 1 Artemis (Gary Stevens today) now opts for the speedy No. 3 Awesome Baby how he was on for her last Grade 2 win. No. 2 Anniversary Kitty exits our HTW list and will try dirt for the first time, she will be making a late run if she can handle the surface. No. 4 Swiss Lake Yodeler also gets off the grass and owns a win here on the dirt going a mile, she has been working a hole in the wind. 1-2-3-4

Race 9

No. 4 Closet E lost by a neck when dropped to this level in his last start when sent off at .80 cents on the dollar. Jeff Mullins who can strike with a first time starter sends out No. 7 Fishinkonablue with Tyler Baze riding. No. 9 Johns Journey lost by a head when he ran at this level one race back. 4-7-9

Pick four

6th 3

7th 7-8-9

8th 1-2-3-4

9th 4-7-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 5 Tiz Blushing will be odds on with these. No. 6 Hyena almost got there when dropped to this level last time out and is the upsetter. 5-6

Race 2

How bad can this race be when No. 1 Shimmering Star who is 0-21 just may be the favorite. Second time starter No. 6 Grantbobiawish drops into a maiden claimer and gets Baze. 1-6

Race 3

No. 4 Geldautomat is in from Santa Anita looking to get the maiden breaker. No. 6 Bananappeal is a second time starter who ran a nice even race first out of the box, he can only go better today at a good price. 4-6

Race 4

No. 3 Brock Says gets back to the level of his near miss one race back. No. 5 Blue Collar Boy is the speed and will be playing catch me if you can. 3-5

Race 5

No. 1 What’s for Dinner is the speed on the rail with Baze. No. 2 Mr. Make Believe gets his fouth start here and fourth jockey in Juan Hernandez, he lost to What’s for Dinner by a ½ length one race back. 1-2

Pick five

1st 5-6

2nd 1-6

3rd 4-6

4th 3-5

5th 1-2

Race 6

No. 1 Adriatic Son lost the bob last time out and looks to make amends. No. 4 El Mesano a second time starter made a five wide move in his first start and lost his punch, he will go much better today and the price will be right. 1-4

Exacta box 1-4 

Race 7

We will go with three runners exiting the same race No. 4 American Aristocat who was 3rd by a neck. No. 6 High Tide Line who was 2nd by a head and No. 7 Whilly Pink who was 4th by ¾ of a length. 4-6-7

Race 8

No. 2 Tribal Waters is a first time starter out of the dam Rio Tejo and this old mare has dropped 12 winners from 13 starters including 4 stakes winners, he has a very nice last work. No. 3 Kimnjet is in from Santa Anita where he had not shot against the likes of Hoppertunity who he met last time out in his first start off the layoff. No. 7 Hillside Select exits our HTW list off a solid try going 5½ furlongs in his first start, he goes six today and that could get him home on top. 2-3-7

Exacta box 2-3-7 and win and place 7

Race 9

No. 4 Trice Up gets the big move up in class off his win with NW of 2, he now faces NW of 3 but Baze sticks, No. 8 Bomb Site is well spotted off the win. 4-8

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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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