Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

2yo maidens kick start the day and this race we need to hit the all button. Trainer Mike Harrington has made a living on these races in the past with his 2yo sire Swiss Yodeler and he is the sire of No. 2 Saturday Yodeler. 2 (all)

Race 2

This is one bad 30k maiden claimer. No. 1 Wicked Heat at least ran a good second when making his first try going long last time out when dropped to this level. No. 5 Roman Tizzy has failed in back-to-back races at 20k when second by ¾ at 3/1 and second by a head a odds on. 1-5

Race 3

No. 2 Boyett will once again try and take them wire-to-wire going 1¼ on the grass, the course is getting harder so he may be able to pull it off today. No. 3 Teaks North owns a win at this turf distance and gets a drop in class and is the one to beat. 2-3

Race 4

No. 3 Northern Force exits our HTW list off a better than looked effort and now drops trying to get the money. No. 7 Old Pueblo gets his first start off the Paul Aguirre claim and he puts his main rider up in Iggy. 3-7

Race 5

No. 3 Thisonesforricky just missed by a nostril at this distance one race back. No. 6 Kool Kat exits the same race and had a very troubled trip. No. 7 Front Range gets the stretchout by Baffert. 3-6-7

Race 6

No. 5 Scarlet Strike had her prep over at Golden Gate and now goes her best distance on her best surface. No. 6 Rhagori has finished first and second in her two grass starts since arriving here for over the pond. 5-6

Exacta box 5-6 and win and place 5

Race 7

No. 2 Prayer Be Mine was odds on in both of her starts last year and now make her 3yo debut. No. 5 In Dad’s Honor gets off the grass and back to a sprint, she will be making a big run down the lane. 2-5

Race 8

No. 2 Flashy Dame exits our HTW list, she had her prep and is set for the win going a mile on the grass. No. 6 Elegant drops in class and has good early tracking speed. No. 7 Include the Cat also drops in class and gets the bug boy Van Dyke making a rare ride for Peter Miller. 2-6-7

Exacta box 2-6-7

Pick four

5th 3-6-7

6th 5-6

7th 2-5

8th 2-6-7

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

The one time that Juan Hernandez rode No. 1 Papa’s Trashed he got the win, he is back on today. 1

Race 2

No. 2 Sometimes a Lady drops trying to find her level. No. 4 Glorious Rebecca also gets a big drop in class and Dennis Carr gets the call, she is the one to beat. 2-4

Race 3

No. 2 Spectacular Cat is in good form and will be hard to beat at this 5k level. No. 6 Stick Builder is in top form and moves up off the win. 2-6

Race 4

No. 2 Siberian Winter gets her first try on the grass but her breeding says yes. No. 3 Raven Wild gets her first start off the Martin claim and he puts Baze up. 2-3

Exacta box 2-3

Race 5

No. 3 Mickey Ball gets off the grass and gets a turn back in distance, he will be flying late. No. 4 Tizaplayer will show all of his speed at this level. 3-4

Double

4th 2-3

5th 3-4

Race 6

No. 3 No Baby is looking for her third straight win. No. 5 Evasive Charmer has been stuck in second in her last three starts. No. 7 Forbidden Kee has been very popular at the claim box, she will be out winging it today. 3-5-7

Race 7

No. 3 Minnaloushe is in from over the pond for trainer Simon Callaghen who looks to have found a good spot for the win. No. 2 Kana Flavor has run ok with better on the grass. 2-3**

Exacta box 2-3 and win and place 3

Pick four

4th 2-3

5th 3-4

6th 3-5-7

7th 2-3

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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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