Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

In this 1-1/16 route for 10k claimers No. 4 Ya Wanna Hug is in from the Gate and looks the only speed in the race, she could get very brace on the front end if left alone. No. 7 Raven Wild exits our HTW list off a solid second when sent long for the first time, she is the mare to beat. 4-7

Race 2

We will take our shot and go singling in this 75k maiden claimer using No. 7 Perfect Cursive who has the turf to dirt angle, her first start she was sent long on the grass against some very good fillies and now gets a class break and the bug boy Van Dyke riding for papa Mandella. 7

Double 

1st 4-7

2nd 7

Win and place 7

Race 3

No. 1 Do Some Magic finished second in both of his mile turf starts in his last two races and is very unlucky to still be a maiden, he will get the rail today and will be right there again. No. 3 Unusually Green exits our HTW list off a solid second in his first try going lone and first on the grass, it’s these two. 1-3

Exacta box 1-3

Race 4

Geovanni Franco is in from Canterbury Park and picks up the ride on first time starter No. 2 El Vaguro who looks live, and don’t be afraid of Franco as he can ride. No. 4 Tasha’s Courage loves this 5½ furlong distance as he ran his two best at this distance finishing second both times. 2-4

Race 5

No. 3 Incredible Journey is one of three in here that will sit off a very fast early pace and make runs down the lane picking up the tiring speed. The other two are No. 4 Luckyvic who gets a major rider switch to Nakatani and No. 5 Ascription who wins this if she can run back to her mile turf race back in January. 

3-4-5

Pick five

1st 4-7

2nd 7

3rd 1-3

4th 2-4

5th 3-4-5 (play the double from the 4th to the 5th if the pick five is not alive)

Race 6

No. 1 Valdirone comes off the layoff and has been working like he is ready to roll. No. 6 Master Chef loves this track and will be the one who will try and run the speed down. 1-6

Race 7

No. 1 Christopher Street is the call in this mile turf race. He is in top form, exits a good race in which the second place finisher came back to score and Mike Smith sticks, his last work has him ready. 1

Race 8

We finish the card with a 20k maiden claimer. No. 1 Wildcat Janine ran big in her first start at Hollywood and then did not fire in her last here on the dirt. She may not like the dirt but the connection is good and we will give her another shot off the layoff. No. 3 Moscato Girl loves to hang but looks one two with this crew. No. 7 Euroclydon is a big dropper who has been searching for a race, if she doesn’t get scratched again she is the one to beat. No. 9 New Nature gets back to 6 furlongs the distance of her neck loss one race back. 1-3-7-9

Pick four

5th 3-4-5

6th 1-6

7th 1

8th 1-3-7-9

Note: If the pick four is not alive going into the seventh race make a late double. 

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Baze got on No. 2 High Test last time out and got the win, he comes back again. No. 3 Malibu Knight gets jockey Amador in the irons and this kid can ride, he is the price play. 2-3

Race 2

No. 2 Impressa Vanessa has been stuck in second gear in her last three starts, maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Vanessa. No. 5 Suzie Baladon gets a needed drop and could wake up today. 2-5

Double

1st 2-3

2nd 2-5

Race 3

No. 5 Soldiers Point looks like a good single in the pick five with the drop to this level, we will take our shot. 5

Win and place 5

Race 4

No. 5 Potentiality gets her first start off the Blaine Wright claim and he can win first off the claim. No. 6 Millies Topper gets the major drop in class looking for the win. 5-6

Race 5 

We will use two that are exiting the same race: No. 3 Stick Builder who finished second by a nostril and No. 7 Tahoe Yodeler who had the front end but got run down late finishing 3rd by a neck. 3-7

Race 6

No. 1 Rambunchkie got the win when shipping in and running for 8k, he can repeat. No. 3 Let’s Dance won at this distance one race back. No. 4 Sometimes a Lady looks live off the layoff and No. 8 Forever a Fan drops to a level that make she a player. 1-3-4-8

Race 7

Baze gets off of No. 1 Song of the Times thus insuring us a big price on the drop. Baze gets on No. 5 Big Leap as jockey Hernandez who rode him last time out opts for No. 6 Langston who he was on in his last start when Baze got off as the musical jockey chairs goes on in the last race. 1-5-6

Pick four

4th 5-6

5th 3-7

6th 1-3-4-8

7th 1-5-6

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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