Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA (Live racing was cancelled on Thursday, due to excessive heat. Sanita will be open as planned for simulcast wagering on Thursday.)

Race 1

2yo maiden fillies go 4-1/2 furlongs. No. 3 Time for Action gets the hot riding Fernando Perez and this filly is out of the dam Action Girl who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters. No. 4 Take Back Spring had a race and that is big with these 2yo fillies, she was well bet that day and will go better today.

3-4

Race 2

No. 1 Kate’s Event gets a big drop in class by Hollendorfer and this distance will fit him perfect. No. 2 Giant Ego has been a hot item in the claim box and now goes to the barn of Craig Lewis, he looks like a player with these. 1-2

Race 3

Kent D. gets on No. 2 Kadesha a first time starter for trainer Bob Hess Jr., she looks live. No. 4 Star Act will be hammered again at the betting windows and is once again the filly to beat. She has finished second in three straight races and now Gary Stevens gives her another shot. No. 7 Venetian comes in off the layoff, she ran ok when facing Clenor at Del Mar last year in the Juvenile Filly turf. 2-4-7

Key exacta box 4 with 2-7

Race 4

No. 2 Antinanco drops into a maiden claimer in this his second start. No. 5 Philanderer is a first time starter with some very good 6 furlong works. No. 6 Gospel Music looks the one to beat off his last race at this level. 2-5-6

Race 5

No. 1 Boller Bomb drops to the level of his last win and the level of her claimed price. She gets blinkers on today and will show all of her speed. No. 4 Always a Chance just missed going down the hill last time out and now gets her first start off the Jeff Mullins claim. 1-4

Players pick five

1st 3-4

2nd 1-2

3rd 2-4-7

4th 2-5-6

5th 1-4

Race 6

No. 1 Ruff Proof exits our HTW list as a $$$ play, she ran big going this mile distance last time out and now gets the cozy rail. No. 5 Browsing gets off the grass and back on the dirt where she won back to back races here at this mile distance. No. 6 Sweetrayofsunshine has 4 wins and 2 seconds from six starts here. No. 7 Wonderful Lie almost won the $250k Melaire last time out. 1-5-6-7

Race 7

They go 1-1/4 on the grass and we will go singling using No. 6 Amnesia who gets her second start in the country, she will be on or near the front end and will get the jump on them turning for home. 6

Race 8

No. 2 Nonna Reese is wheeled back in just 6 days by a barn and jockey that are heating up. No. 4 Veronica Bay exits the same race and she gets Kent D. 2-4

Pick three

6th 1-5-6-7

7th 6

8th 2-4

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

This is the Golden Gate version of the first at Santa Anita. No. 3 Runninsmygame is out of the dam Run Kaitlyn Run who has dropped 7 winners from 7 starters. No. 2 Grantmeawish is out of the barn of Bill Morey and gets a top jock for her first. No. 6 Little Miss Dancer was crushed at the windows in her first start going 2 furlongs when bet down to 6/5. 2-3-6

Race 2

In here we will use three exiting the same race: No. 3 Cayanna the winner, No. 4 Jumanah who deadheated Cayanna and No. 6 Wild Bella who finished 5th but only 1-1/2 behind the top two and she gets a new jock and could upset. 3-4-6

Race 3

No. 1 So So Fast drops to a level that makes her very tough. No. 4 Tough N Funny also drops and has a bullet work here on the 8th. No. 5 Funny Gal is in from Santa Anita and could be part of a funny exacta.

1-4-5

Race 4

No. 1 Joint Attempt gets back on the grass. She ran with much better in her grass starts down South and could wake up in this spot. No. 5 Peppered Forest has run some ok grass races and could be the one. 1-5

Race 5

No. 2 Come On Deputy is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. No. 4 Mahogany Ridge has been on fire and looks odds on with these. No. 7 Crown of Aragorn has big early speed and that could compromise the chances of Mahogany Ridge and set up the late charge of Come On Deputy. 2-4-7 

Exacta box 2-4-7 and win and place 2

Race 6

No. 1 Mistic Man drops in class and broke his maiden on this turf course. No. 3 Bardy has hit the board in all six of his turf starts here. No. 5 Big Swig is back from Turf Paradise and he won his only turf start here. No. 7 Diamondsdiplomat is a dangerous Santa Anita invader with early speed. 1-3-5-7

Race 7

No. 2 Sourdough Sam gets a turn back in distance and he will be making a big late run. No. 6 Atta Boy Pete is back from Santa Anita and he will try and show his early speed. 2-6

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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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