Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Just another 2yo maiden race to start the day, No. 1 Smooven Square is out of the barn of Doug O’Neill and he has been doing great with his 2yo first time starters. No. 4 Roper is out of the barn of Vann Belvoir and he is also good with first time starters and the hot riding Fernando Perez gets the call. No. 7 Yahootee is out of the barn of Mike Harrington and he has made a living with his first time 2yo over the years. 1-4-7

Race 2

If No. 3 Declassify and No. 4 Seeking the Sherif get into a hot speed duel No. 2 Omega Star will run them both down. 2-3-4

Race 3

No. 1 Dress Code gets his first start off the Mike Puype $25k claim, this 8yo gelding still has a lot of run in him and if able to sit off the pace he could give these connections a quick return on their investment, we will single. 1

Win and place 1

Race 4

No. 2 Spiced Latte is in top form loves this mile turf distance as she has 3 wins and 5 seconds from her 9 mile turf starts. No. 4 Love Tale comes off a little layoff, this 5yo mare gets a break in the weights and will be making a late run at the early speed. 2-4

Race 5

We will take a shot with two fillies off the layoff, No. 4 Ruby Heat who had a troubled first start at Del Mar last September and No. 7 Gracie Ragazza who looks the one to beat at this level. 4-7

DOUBLE 

4TH 2-4

5TH 4-7

Race 6

No. 2 Muchos Besos exits our HTW list, he gets a drop in class and a turn back to a sprint. No. 4 Carbonite drops back down to the level of his nose loss one race back and Maldo gets back on board.

2-4

Race 7

No. 2 Boozer has two wins and a second from his three starts going down the hill. No. 5 Star Rocker exits our HTW list off a solid win going down the hill when coming off the long layoff. No. 7 Heat Flash finally broke his maiden going a mile on the grass, he could come right back. 2-5-7

Race 8

The day ends with $20k maiden 3yo and up fillies and mares going 5-1/2 furlongs. No. 6 Italian Harmony comes off a long layoff but was well bet in her two races back in 2012. No. 9 Fair Praise is a first time starter out of the dam Fair Wager who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. No. 11 Yodelmesomemagic is another who comes off the layoff, she looks very live. 6-9-11

Pick four

5th 4-7

6th 2-4

7th 2-5-7

8th 6-9-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 4 Uptown Big Brown drops and has the early speed to take these wire-to-wire on the grass. No. 5 Papa’s Trashed will be on his tail from the bell. No. 6 Beautiful Mine will be the one that will be running late. 4-5-6

Race 2

No. 4 Big Leap drops, gets off the grass and moves back to a sprint, all systems are on go with this 5yo gelding. 4

Race 3

No. 3 Victoriously Jewel gets back to the level of her last win and this mare has won 6 of her 11 starts here. No. 6 Missdang Sally gets a huge move up in class off back-to-back wins. 3-6

Race 4

No. 2 No Baby has won both of her 4yo starts and looks to make it three in a row. No. 4 Potentiality drops back to the level of her last win. 2-4

Race 5

No. 1 Derby Hat is in from Oaklawn Park for trainer Jeff Bonde. No. 5 Medicine Gal gets off the grass and back to a sprint, bet her to cash. 1-5

Exacta box 1-5 and win and place 5

Race 6

No. 2 Time to Glow has hit the board in all four of his turf starts including a nice maiden breaking win last time out. No. 5 Smiley Eagle also comes off the maiden breaker and gets his first try on the grass. 2-5

Race 7

With all of the early speed in here No. 4 When I’m Calling U has a shot at running them all down. No. 6 Crafty Regan was bet like a good thing first out of the box when winning for fun at 7/5, he could be this good. 4-6

Exacta box 4-6 and win and place 4

Race 8

No. 1 Falling Knife can fire fresh, he comes off a 10 month layoff. No. 3 Gab Power may not have cared for the yielding turf last time out, if it is firm course today we will be betting. No. 5 Lota Spunk has won two times on this course and distance. 1-3-5

Pick four

5th 1-5

6th 2-5

7th 4-6

8th 1-3-5

CHECK FOR LATE SCRATCHES AND CHECK THAT THE SADDLE CLOTH NUMBERS MATCH OUR SELECTION NUMBERS

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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