Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Trainer Doug O’Neill drops No. 1 Harlington Night first off the claim but his is good move for him as he hits at over .30% when dropping off the claim. He puts on the up and coming bug boy Gonzalo Nicolas in the irons for the big break in the weights and that last 6 furlong work as his set for a good effort. No. 5 Valley Cat is back in town after a failed trip to the poly track at Golden Gate, he has hit the board in all four of his starts here and will be putting in a big late run. 1-5

Race 2

In this downhill turf sprint No. 3 Bobby Z Man just broke his maiden going down the hill with Fernando Perez in the irons, Perez is making a name for himself here as a good price play jockey. No. 5 Boozer is 2-for-2 going down the hill and the one to beat, he will get a good stalking trip. 3-5

Double

1st 1-5

2nd 3-5

Race 3

No. 1 Yahilwa gets some class relief and has a big 5 furlong work here on the 11th when traveling :58.3 best of 47. No. 4 Fleet of Gold is in from the Big A and lands in the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, he was previously trained by Anthony Dutrow, he looks live with Nakatani getting the call. 1-4

Race 4

No. 1 Lilly’s Perfect is a 7yo mare who has never won a race here but she finds a good spot to notch that first win here as she finds a field loaded with early speed. If jockey Espinoza can get a good rail saving trip and find room down the lane he can get the win. No. 8 Our Little Hen who took them wire-to-wire in both of her starts at Golden Gate found a new running style here last time out when going 1-1/8 on the grass as she came from off the pace to just miss in a big effort and she has a bullet work for this. 1-8

Race 5

No. 1 Silk in Silver comes off a big maiden breaker when going wire-to-wire at this mile distance here at .90 cents on the dollar. She is the speed again and Bejarano will be gunning from the bell. No. 5 A P Pepper gets Dryden Van Dyke back in the irons and he lost by a nostril when he rode this filly on race back, look for a big turnaround as they get back to the dirt. No. 9 Mia’s Storm as a great work pattern for her first shot at going long for legendary hall of fame trainer Ron McAnally who like Jack Van Berg don’t win many anymore. 1-5-9

Exacta box 1-5-9

Race 6 

We will take our shot and single No. 1 Lord Lochinvar in this 1 mile turf race. He is on the improve and will love this distance in this his first try on the grass and his dam Lady Lochinvar (Lord of War) has dropped two grass winners. 1

Win and place 1

Race 7

Trainer Vladimir Cerin brings back the speedy No. 2 Shakahari off a 9 month layoff. He must have had some kind of setback but his works and the fact Van Dyke gets the call says this one is on go. No. 9 Midnight Storm gets Bejarano who will sit off the hot pace and try and nail them on the line. 2-9

Race 8

THE $75K LA PUENTE 1-1/8 ON THE GRASS

We will use two horses exiting the same race and the stranger danger, the two exiting the same race are No. 6 Enterprising the winner of the Pasadena with Gary Stevens riding for his buddy Tom Proctor and No. 7 Home Run Kitten who was a fast closing 3rd losing by a dwindling ½ a length. The strainer is No. 3 Flamboyant who is in from France for trainer Paddy Gallagher, this colt hit the board in all six of his starts in France and the good turf jockey Nakatani gets the call. 3-6-7

Exacta box 3-6-7

Race 9

The late pick four ends with a 50k maiden claimer. No. 2 Glitter of Silver comes off a 6 month layoff but showed that he liked this track. No. 8 Gospel Music gets the needed drop into a maiden claimer and looks the one to beat. No. 9 Play Maker will be the price play from off the pace. 2-8-9

Pick four

6th 1

7th 2-9

8th 3-6-7

9th 2-8-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Graycious Guest just missed by a nostril in her second start here getting caught on the line. Baze gets on the John Martin first time starter No. 3 Lets Talk Diamonds whose dam has dropped 5 winners from 6 starters. No. 4 Wonderful Becky displayed new form in her second start as she came from off the pace, she looks ready for a big run today. 2-3-4

Race 2

No. 4 Curious Spy is dropped into a winning spot, we will single in the picks. 4

Double

1st 2-3-4

2nd 4

Race 3

No. 2 Free Money blew them away in her last start but did lose to No. 1 Melanie Rose three races back and she will be a much better price. 1-2

Race 4

This is scheduled to go a mile on the grass. No. 3 Time to Glow has finished 3rd in all three of his grass races, he is a hanger but will get a piece once again, after him get out the dart board. 3

Race 5

No. 3 Flamin Hot Mama is in top form hitting the board in ten straight races including winning her last two starts. No. 7 Wetherbee Lake is also in top form, she has hit the board in 9 of her last 10 starts. 3-7

Race 6

Scheduled to go a mile on the grass. No. 1 Paseo Alegro has been a popular item in the claim box at Santa Anita and now is in the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer who brings him North and tries the grass. No. 5 Dr Williams is proven on the grass and looks right there with this group. No. 9 Bomb Site has hit the board in 6 of his 7 turf starts. 1-5-7

Race 7

No. 2 Global Rule lost in her second start at 9/5 and will be that or less again today. No. 6 Beverly the Boss ran behind Global Rule last time out in her first start here after shipping in from Santa Anita, she gets a big jock switch today and could turn the tables. 2-6

Race 8

Another set to be run at a mile on the grass and this race is for $20k maiden claimers. No. 2 Bodrum drops in for a tag for the first time and ran ok going a mile on the Hollywood turf course last year with much tougher, bet him to cash. 2

Race 9

No. 1 Vantage Point gets his second start off the Bill Morey claim and he is dropped to the level of the claim and the level of his last win. No. 6 God Of War drops to a better level and will get a good stalking trip behind a very fast pace. No. 7 Rocabar has won both of his starts at this $4k level, the last at .80 cents on the dollar. 1-6-7

Double

8th 2

9th 1-6-7

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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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