Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 4 Wine Country Wanda just missed when sent this 7 furlong distance in her last start and looks odds on with these girls. 4

Race 2

No. 4 Mary Helen’s Storm missed by a nostril in her last start first off the layoff, No. 5 Cuneo drops and gets a major rider upgrade. No. 6 Warren’s Tyler S. also gets the drop . 4-5-6

Double

1st 4

2nd 4-5-6

Race 3

They go 1-1/4 on the grass and we will need to go four deep using No. 1 Stoney Fleece, who ran second here at this turf distance last October. No. 3 Irish Surf who exits our HTW list off a good effort first off the layoff. No. 4 Abbey Vale who won in his first start in the US going a mile and is proven at this distance in Ireland. No. 5 Hear the Ghost gets his second turf try and just missed in his last. 1-3-4-5

Race 4

No. 4 Suzy Malibu is a first-time starter that gets Mike Smith and she has been working a hole in the wind, No. 5 Spy Girl comes off the 8 month layoff for Peter Miller who looks to have this filly ready to fire a big shot. No. 7 Alexis Tangier is another first-time starter who gets Gary Stevens riding for papa Mandella and this girl has some good works for her debut. 4-5-7

Race 5

No. 3 Hugh Knew ran a good when sent down the hill in her last start, No. 9 Secret Appeal is the one to beat off her last start as she was very game when finishing second by a 1/2-length going down the hill. No. 11 Nazareth drops into a maiden claimer for the first-time and she gets the hustling Tyler Baze up.

3-9**-11

Exacta box 3-9-11

Players pick five

1st 4

2nd 4-5-6

3rd 1-3-4-5

4th 4-5-7

5th 9

Race 6

No. 2 Sams Blue Cat drops into a good spot, No. 7 Happy Idea gets Bejarano in the irons and the one time he rode this 3yo gelding he got the win by more than 7 lenghts. 2-7

Race 7

No. 5 Safety Belt gets his second start in the US and will go down the hill on the grass, he was very good in Argentina going 7 furlongs on the grass and he could pop at a big price today, No. 7 Stormberg has two wins and a second from his three starts going down the hill. No. 8 Rangi took them wire-to-wire down the hill in his last start and will try the same tactics again today, No. 10 Examen will also wake up at a price in this spot. 5-7-8-10

Exacta box 5-7-8-10

Race 8

THE 75K SANTA LUCIA 

The question is what is No. 3 Beholder doing in this race, she is tons the best if ready, but looks 1/9, No. 5 Eblouissante the great Zenyatta’s sister is the other runner who could upset. 3-5

Race 9

No. 4 Accelerant will like going this 1-1/4 turf distance, No. 5 Proud Boss is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race and he gets a big break in the weights. No. 6 Bench Light comes off a big win and can handle this distance. 4-5-6

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer say enough in No. 2 On the Right Side in her first start with straight maidens to drop her to this 25k maiden claimer and the same can be said for Bill Morey the trainer of No. 3 Emerald Green and Steve Sherman who trains No. 6 Nothing to Hide the likely speed of the race. 2-3-6

Race 2

Trainer Matthew Chew who has won with 3 of his 6 starters at the meet brings in No. 1 Depreciable first off the claim, No. 2 Sandor is an old pro who is in top form hitting the board in nine straight races. No. 5 Duke of Doom ran right behind Sandor last time out and now gets the services of Dennis Carr. 1-2-5

Race 3

No. 2 Power of Ten looks to have stayed on edge off the win with that last bullet work best of 41, No. 6 Times and Tides tried some good ones last time out back in October and now makes her 3yo debut. 2-6

Race 4

No. 1 Cayanna shipped in for the turf last time but it was switched to the synthetic and she still won, it should go on the grass today, No. 3 Wild Bella drops and gets back on the grass and that makes her very tough in here. No. 8 Blazen All Star also shipped in looking for the grass, she ran an even race with better last time out on the synthetic. 1-3-8

Race 5

No. 2 Demon Dancer gets a big jockey change off a good work, No. 5 White Front Freddy gets a big drop in class looking for his level. No. 8 Lil Sneaker ran his best race when coming off the layoff and dropped to this level and now he gets Hernandez. 2-5-8

Race 6

No. 5 Adriatic Lass broke her maiden on this turf course and finds a soft group in this, her second start off the John Martin claim. No. 1 My Aunt Annie exits the same race and was a very close fourth. No. 8 Chat With Dixie also exits the race and she was second by a neck but that was not on the grass and her two grass races were bad but with better horses. 1-5-8

Race 7

No. 3 Doctor Glynis looks to be sitting on the win and finds a field she can beat, No. 5 Tough Orphan was pulled up in her first start and cameback with a good closing third behind Glynis last time out. No. 6 Ongoing Appeal ran second in her first start at 85/1 when beating Glyins back in March. 3-5-6

Race 8

No. 1 Lady of the Nile ships in from Santa Anita, she is a proven turf runner with better and could fire today, Baze will try and take the sprinter No. 2 Stop Smiling wire-to-wire. No. 3 Afsana ran ok in her one turf start at Santa Anita and had a race here on March 30th. 1-2-3

Race 9

No. 2 Preacher’s Bluff has been stuck in second the last two races but gets a new jock and sports a big bullet work here on the 11th, No. 8 Peace Be Still is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker and he sports a bullet work here on the 16th just four days ago. 2-8

Pick four

6th 1-5-8

7th 3-5-6

8th 1-2-3

9th 2-8

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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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