Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

As the meets wind down we start today with a five horse maiden race and Bob Baffert has two of the five with No. 4 Tiz Midnight and No. 5 Little Miss S. 4-5

Race 2

No. 2 Stormin Lute has done little wrong in his three lifetime starts with two wins and a second, he will take his first shot on the grass going down the hill. No. 7 He’s a Dance Star will get the best of the trip with his outside post and jockey Saul Arias is a very underrated jockey. 2-7

Race 3

Another five horse field before scratches. No. 1 Silver Hustler drops and will go much better today with Van Dyke taking over. No. 3 Sweetrayofsunshine is the one to beat, she will be on or near the front end and is very tough down the lane. 1-3

Race 4

We get 2yo maidens going a mile on the grass. No. 1 Goyo looks live in this spot with Kent D getting the call. No. 7 Sky Preacher will like the grass and has been running even sprinting, look for a big effort from him today. 1-7

Race 5

Now we get maiden 2yo sprinting 5 furlongs. No. 3 Zinvor is out of the dam Shady Lady Dancer who has dropped 3 winner from 3 starters and he has a nice 4 furlong work for this. No. 4 Lucky Logan showed some good speed in his one and only and now gets Pedroza who is back from his injury, he will be gunning from the bell. No. 9 London Legacy also showed good early speed in his one and only race and now the hustling Fernando Perez gets the call. 3-4-9

Race 6

No. 4 Van Dien Avenue gets a major rider upgrade, look for a big effort today. No. 6 Kukaluka ran a good one last time out gong this mile turf distance. No. 9 Highly Rated exits our HTW list, she will be the one to catch turning for home. 4-6-9

Race 7

Trainer Peter Miller looks loaded for bear today and now sends out comebacker No. 2 Sensational Nikki off the layoff and the big drop in class. No. 6 Time for Angie gets her first start off the claim but Kent D who is on all live mounts toady sticks. 2-6

Race 8

No. 3 Storm the Channel looks to be closing in on the maiden breaker, he gets his second off the layoff. No. 6 Larry Birdstone is his stablemate and Fernando Perez gets the call. No. 7 Clickjab was sent off at 8/5 in his first start when sent down the hill, Mike Smith stays for the last race. No. 10 Pantera Rojo gets Gary Stevens sticking for the last race and his only mount of the day riding for Ron McAnally as two hall of famers hook up. 3-6-7-10

Pick three

6th 4-6-9

7th 2-6

8th 3-6-7-10

OAK TREE AT PLEASANTON

Race 3

No. 2 Rathgar has run good here in the past and looks live off the layoff. No. 4 Royal Stormer won in his only start here and is in good form. 2-4

Race 4

Maiden 2yo, No. 2 Crazy Al is out of the dam Nowinatiz who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. No. 3 Inspector Jim is out of the dam Sulaymondo who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters. No. 5 Lucky Fame is the stablemate of Jim and this one has been working lights out. 2-3-5

Race 5

No. 5 Mr. Cactus gets off the grass and drops to his lowest level and gets Baze, he will be odds on. No. 7 Ready to Jam is in from Santa Anita and also gets the big drop, he will be on or near the lead. 5-7

Race 6

No. 4 El Gran Matador has a win and a second from two starts here. No. 3 Go On Red will be playing catch me if you can. 3-4

Race 7

No. 5 Adriatic Lass is in top form, she gets a move up in class and looks like a solid single. 5

Race 8

No. 1 Warren’s Tyler S. drops and gets Baze riding for Steve Sherman. No. 7 Land of the Free gets his first start off the John Martin claim and the nice maiden breaker. 1-7

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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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