Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

The hot riding Tyler Baze gets his shot with 10 time loser No. 4 Ryderroo who has found a very soft group of 50k maiden claimers, we will take our shot and single in the pick five. 4

Race 2

No. 1 Guinevere’s Finale won at first asking last year at Emerald Downs and now shows up in this mile turf race for trainer Vann Belvoir, this filly is live, No. 4 Unusual Style fits with these and will be the one that will be running them all down late. 1-4

Race 3

No. 4 My Sweet Addiction has done little wrong in her three starts winning two and running second in the other, No. 5 Doinghardtimeagain ran with the best fillies last year and now starts her 4yo season. 4-5

Race 4

Just another 6 horse field before scratches, No. 4 Valley Cat gets a move up in class in this his second off the Hollendorfer claim, he is one tough 7yo gelding who has won 3 of his 6 starts here along with 2 seconds and a third, No. 5 Tribal Jewel is the stablemate of Cat and he is back from the Gate where he tried some tough ones on a yielding turf course in the San Fran mile, he will appreciate getting back on the fast dirt here at Anita. 4-5

Race 5

Lots and lots of early speed in here so we will look for a girl that can sit off the hot pace, No. 3 Bodie Girl comes off a long layoff and was facing some good ones back then, if she has anything left in those legs she wins this, No. 6 It’s Aine can sit and will do just that, Maldo will unleashed her turning for home in this 5 furlong sprint. 3-6

Race 6

No. 4 Takeit Tothe Limit gets a big drop in class and a big jockey switch to Kent D and worked a bullet here on May 22nd, No. 8 Celestial Image ran a nice even race in his first start when taking some action, we look for much better today. 4-8

Race 7

No. 2 Corlett Drive comes off the layoff for Sadler, she has some real nice works for this downhill turf sprint and ran a nice second going 6 furlongs on the Hollywood grass in her one grass race, Sadler also brings back No. 4 Rosies Ready and she looks ready with Kent D. getting the leg up. No. 5 Dinvar Diva has been working a hole in the wind for papa Mandella. No. 9 Zanbo gets the best of the post, she ran second in her last two races both going down the hill and now Elvis gets the call. 2-4-5-9

Race 8

No. 1 War Academy was highly thought of by Baffert and company last year but was eased in the Arkansas Derby, he came back in March to finish a close second at this level and then took two more months off, he must still have some issues but can beat these if 100%, Baffert also sends out No. 5 Caminetto who was a 500k purchase, he looked to be coming around winning back-to-back races but has not seen the starter since October of 2012. No. 6 Airfoil is in top form and will be the one to fear late. 1-5-6

Race 9

No. 1 Serene Melody ran big off the layoff in her last start going this mile turf distance when changing her running style, No. 2 Smart Typical ran a better than looked race when going down the hill in her first start coming home fast to split the field, she will like this mile distance. Mike Smith gets back on No. 12 Kook Kat who gets his first try on the grass, he is bred to love it. 1-2-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Toosmartbyhalf doesn’t have much win spirit but this looks to be his day, Baze gets back on No. 5 Game of Kings who drops to his level. 1-5

Race 2

No. 2 Positron comes off the layoff for Morey and finds little to beat, No. 3 Lastchancesaloon is a first-time starter that attracts Baze. 2-3

Double

1st 1-5

2nd 2-3

Race 3

No. 2 Ambitoness gets her first start off the claim and may show all of her speed today as she looks to turn the table on No. 7 Quistadorable who beat her last time out. 2-7

Race 4

No. 2 Jackson Road is the speed in this race and will try and take them wire-to-wire, No. 6 Catatonic Cat gets his first start off the John Martin claim and he will try and run down Jackson. 2-6

Race 5

No. 1 Ten in Excess almost took them wire-to-wire in her first start on this circuit, she gets the rail again and will be playing catch me if you can and the filly who beat her last time out came back to score again, No. 5 Come On Fire also has some early foot and exits the same race, she gets a new jock for this. No. 6 Hitchslap is the stablemate of Come On Fire and looks very sneaky in here. 1-5-6

Pick five

1st 1-5

2nd 2-3

3rd 2-7

4th 2-6

5th 1-5-6

Race 6

No. 2 Evasive Charmer drops back to the price she was claimed for and the price she won at, No. 5 Egyptian Femme gets a big drop in class and Baze back. 2-5

Race 7

No. 2 Pepper Crown won here at 46/1 one race back, he will be very tough in this spot, No. 4 Worldventurer looks dangerous off the layoff. No. 5 Black Spirit is looking to stay perfect on this turf course. 2-4-5

Race 8

No. 5 Cheeckymommasophia gets her second start off the layoff and looks to be sitting on a big race, Dennis Carr gets on No. 8 Aftertaste who gets a slight drop in class. 5-8

Race 9

No. 7 Star Field looks ready for her best in this her third off the layoff, No. 8 Pebble Beach Baby ran ok with better on the grass down South. No. 9 Unique Suances has won all four of her starts here wire-to-wire. Trainer Neil Drysdale brings in No. 12 Genuine Quality from over the pond and puts the blinkers on. 7-8-9-12

Double 

8th 5-8

9th 7-8-9-12

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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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