Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 5 Tiz Futurity broke his maiden at this 1-1/8 distance here with Tyler Baze in the irons and he remains on board today, he was a fast closing 5th with most of these last time out going a mile losing by a dwindling 1-3/4 and is the only runner in here that has won at this distance. 5

Race 2

No. 6 Money Plays broke slow in her first start when going down the hill, she was making up ground late, she gets a new hustling jock today and the stretchout will help her chances, No. 8 Kissin Lucky Lips had a troubled last trip when sent this mile turf distance last time out and now she gets Baze and her lips just may be lucky today. 6-8

Race 3

No. 1 Sea John’s Spirit is in top form and the one to beat, No. 2 Yes She’s Unusual exits the same race as John and was just 3/4 of a length behind her last time out, this 6 furlong distance may help her chances. No. 3 Copperopolis exits our HTW list off a rousing win when making her first dirt start, she gets Bejarano today and he has been part of the exacta here in almost 50% of his rides. 1-2-3

Exacta box 1-2-3 and win 3

Race 4

Iggy Puglisi don’t ride many but when he does they are usually live and he gets on the dropper in this downhill turf race No. 2 Victory Pete off a very long layoff, now if you are using Victory Pete we must also use No. 3 Atta Boy Pete who will be part of the early speed. No. 7 Showme Yourfriends won in his only try going down the hill and he will be the one trying to run them down late along with No. 9 Mr. Ornery who also owns a win on this course. 2-3-7-9

Race 5

No. 3 Gisele At Fonz’s comes off a nice try going down the hill for a 75k price tag, she just missed one race back at this 5-1/2 furlong distance for a 50k price tag and now goes 5-1/2 furlongs for a 40k price tag, bet her to cash, Bejarano gets on first-time starter No. 6 Susan B Good whose dam has dropped two winners from two starters and one was a stakes winner and Bejarano has won two of his three rides for this trainer. 3-6

Double 

4th 2-3-7-9

5th 3-6

Race 6

No. 1 African Oil gets his second stateside start and second with Lasix and he also gets an extra 1/8 of a mile, Bejarano gets back on No. 6 Presenceofagenius who may like this longer turf distance. No. 10 Brother Pete is just another Pete running today, he gets back on the grass and just did miss here at this distance last October with better. 1-6-10

Race 7

No. 2 Red Tesla comes off the layoff for Baffert and gets a big drop in class but has done his best running here on the dirt, No. 8 Recanted who faced Grade 2 colts last time out is now placed where he belongs. No. 9 Congregationalist just missed one race back and is a main player with these. No. 11 Pass the Pico exits our HTW list off of back-to-back seconds and now gets a double jump in class, this trainer hits at around 45% second off the claim and the blinkers go on for this. No. 12 Warren’s Tyler S. gets Tyler Baze and will be making a late run. 2-8-9-11-12

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Race 8

No. 1 Peace and Justice has been working a hole on the wind and will run the other early speed into the ground in this mile turf race, No. 7 County Lineman who exits our HTW list and No. 8 Joelito will be the two that will be running down Peace and Justice. 1-7-8

Exacta box 1-7-8

Race 9

No. 6 Amina Perfect did not take to the wet surface last time out and also had a very wide trip, look for much better today. 6

Double

8th 1-7-8

9th 6

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Morally Bankrupt gets a big jockey switch for the hot training Bill Morey, he will try and turn the tables on No. 4 Papa’s Trashed who beat him last time out. 2-4

Race 2

No. 2 Kailani Tiger comes off the layoff and drops to a level where her speed will be dangerous, No. 6 Aftertaste will be the one running down the Tiger. 2-6

Race 3

This is scheduled to be run at a mile on the grass, if it stays on the grass or not No. 6 Golden Mexico will be the main player with his big early speed. 6

Race 4

No. 1 Flying Gwen is always right there and will be the one to beat with the drop back to this 20k level, the last time the big dropper No. 2 Lucky Moment went 6 furlongs she got the win. 1-2

Race 5

No. 2 Positive Response finds a good spot off the layoff of five months, No. 3 Ourwestcoastghost is back in form and when he gets on track he stays on track. 2-3

Double

4th 1-2

5th 2-3

Race 6

We get 20k maiden claimers scheduled to go 1-1/16 on the grass, No. 5 Time to Glow has run good in all three of his turf starts and could give jockey Joe Crispin his first win at the meet, after him this is any ones race. 5

Race 7

No. 1 English Royal has been unlucky in her last two starts, trainer Lloyd Mason sends out two live runners in No. 4 Koby Jo and No. 5 Rathmoon, we will use both. 1-4-5

Race 8

Maiden fillies and mares scheduled to go a mile on the grass, two of the runners ship in from Santa Anita No. 4 Little Unusual and No. 8 Kana Flavor, if they can’t beat this crew forget about it, down the ladder they go. 4-8

Race 9

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer hits with almost 40% of his debut maiden claimers and he sends out first-time starter No. 4 Cricket Star, No. 7 Highly Cynical is due for a change of luck. 4-7

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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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