Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Mank exits our HTW list off a solid miss when second by a half length when coming off a long layoff. He took two months off after that race so he must have some problems but this 200k purchase stills remains claim proof so they still must have hope. No. 2 Bad Behavior looks to be the speed. No. 4 A Red Tie Day also exits our HTW list and he exits the same race as the Bad Behavior. He gets his second off the layoff and will go much better on a dry fast track. 1-2-4

Exacta and trifecta box 1-2-4

Race 2

We will go singling in the players pick five using No. 5 Image of Joplin. He has a very fast last work and the drop to this level gives him a huge shot and we will take that shot. 5

Race 3

No. 1 Husband’s Folly gets his first start off the Jerry Hollendorfer claim and he gets back on the grass were he just missed two races back and now Nakatani gets his shot. No. 4 Depreciable drops to the level, surface and distance of his last win. 1-4

Race 4

In this 40k statebred maiden claimer No. 1 This Cat’s Awesome looks like a shot price on the drop after just missing with straight maidens. No. 4 Uncle Luck is a first time starter out of the hot barn of Art Sherman. No. 7 Seeking Asylum has finished second in his last two vs 50k company. 1-4-7

Race 5

No. 6 Magic Channel is in real good form and looks jagged up in this his third off the layoff. No. 7 Causeithertz gets the stretchout after his prep last time out when coming off the layoff for Baffert, he looks set for a huge effort. 6-7

Players pick five

1st 1-2-4

2nd 5

3rd 1-4

4th 1-4-7

5th 6-7

Race 6

In this 30k maiden claimer for 3yo No. 5 Chattering Class is the question mark horse in from New Mexico and he lands in the barn of Peter Miller. No. 6 Echo Alley is a first time starter who will be a big price in a very soft field. No. 9 Shark’s Cup will appreciate the drop in class and he gets Talamo. 5-6-9

Race 7

No. 6 Pathway to Yes is in good form and has the early speed to take these wire-to-wire. No. 7 Al Baz one of two in here for trainer Belvoir, this one is in from over the pond and looks sneaky. No. 8 Number Five won his last start when our hunch play that day as he was the five horse in the fifth race, he could come right back. 6-7-8

Key exacta box 8 with 6-7 and win and place 8

Race 8

Trainer Doug O’Neill looks to have the wagons circled as he has the inside horse No. 2 My Jealous who is the speed and the outside runner No. 10 Topper’s Ghost the closer who gets Tyler Baze, they could finish one two. 2-10

Pick four

5th 6-7

6th 5-6-9

7th 6-7-8

8th 2-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

This first race looks as easy as one two with No. 1 Sunrise Legacy being the speed and No. 2 Tonzatrouble the one that will try and run him down. 1-2

Race 2

No. 1 Demon Dancer just missed by a nose when dropped to this level in his last start. No. 7 Fishinkonablue ships in from Santa Anita, gets the huge drop in class and moves from Tyler Baze to his cousin Russell the mussel Baze. 1-7

Double 

1st 1-2

2nd 1-7

Race 3

No. 5 Go Mojave Go gets Frank Alvarado back in the irons and he rode this gelding to a neck loss one race back at this level. No. 7 Grand Pioneer won at first asking last January and then took a year off?

5-7

Race 4

No. 3 Lucky Oracle moves up after back-to-back good efforts with lesser, Dennis Carr gets the call. No. 5 Free Money gets her second off the layoff and an extra half a furlong today. 3-5

Race 5

No. 3 My Game drops into a spot that makes him the one to beat. No. 7 Blue Line Cat looks ready to graduate in start number 16. 3-7

Race 6

We will opt for using 3 first time starters in this straight maiden race for fillies and mares as the ones that have run just don’t entice. We will use No. 1 Starfire Mist who gets Juan Hernendez off a sharp five furlong work. No. 2 Zanab with the connections of Baze/Hollendorfer and No. 7Afternoon Wedding out of the barn of Eric Kruljac with Dennis Carr riding. 1-2-7

Race 7

The once promising No. 1 Corner Office now sits in a back cubicle but does get the leading man today. No. 4 Jets to Brazil is looking for the hat trick. 1-4

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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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