Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

We begin this huge ten race card with maidens going down the hill. No. 4 Table Twentyone exits our HTW list off a solid effort with $50k maiden claimers first out of the box. He gets a boost in class and should handle the grass at a big price. No. 9 Tribalist comes off the layoff for a trainer who is having a career meet, he has a real fast last work and gets a great post. 4-9

Race 2

No. 1 Dehere Is Gone fits here in this his second try with winners. No. 5 Hope’n Pray gets his second off the layoff and will go much better today as Miyadi ships him in from up North. No. 9 Warren’s Wesley comes off the layoff and gets the hard trying Tiago Pereira in the irons, we look for a big try. 1-5-9

Race 3

No. 1 Woodys Wharf gets her second start off the layoff and she exits our HTW list. She ran a better than looked race last out and now Elvis gets his shot. No. 3 Ann’s Gold exits the same race as Woody and this filly was just flying late despite trouble. Kent D who was on Woody last time out gets on No. 7 Up the Alley first off the Ron Ellis claim and this filly also exits our HTW list, she gets her first try on the grass and she will like it. 1-3-7

Race 4

Van Dyke gets on the Tom Proctor first time starter No. 1 Summerofsixtythree who has some real nice works. No. 5 Miss Super Quick has been going down the hill and now will try the dirt. Gary Stevens gets on the other Tom Proctor first time starter in this race No. 8 Barb’s Angel though her stabelmate looks better. 1-5-8

Race 5

THE $200K GRADE II ROYAL HEROINE

In this mile turf race No. 3 Wishing Gate is back from a short trip to Guflstream Park where she did not run very well. Her two races on this turf course resulted in a win and a second and she has won four of her seven starts at this mile turf distance. No. 6 Moone’s My Name will try and turn the tables on No. 10 Parranda who bet her in the Wilshire. 3-6-10

Race 6

THE $300K GRADE I TRIPLE BEND

In this 7 furlong elongated sprint Jerry Hollendorfer brings back No. 4 Sahara Sky who loves this course winning five of eight with two seconds. No. 7 Wine Police looks to be sitting on his best and No. 6 Cyclometer is in tip top form. 4-6-7

Race 7

THE $100K GRADE III SENORITA

No. 7 Famous Alice is always right there and has hit the board in all three of her starts here with a win and two seconds. No. 8 Clenor had her prep going down the hill, she has won 3 of five at this mile turf distance albeit when she was a 2yo. No. 9 Rovena had been on fire beating top cal breds in her last three starts, she could be this good right now. 7-8-9

Race 8

THE $500K GRADE I GOLD CUP

We know that if No. 1 Game on Dude who has won 8 of 11 here gets the easy early lead he will be gone down the lane, but he may need to deal with No. 2 Fury Kapcori with Gary Stevens getting the call. Gary will not let him get away, these two could circle the field together. No. 4 Imperative beat the Dude at Charles Town and looks to tell everyone that it was not a fluke. 1-2-4

Race 9

No. 3 A Red Tie Day just broke his maiden on this mile turf course in his first try on the grass, he will try and repeat vs winners. No. 4 Chelios was over his head last time out, he gets his first turf try and should like it. Tom Proctor who trains Chelios also sends out No. 7 My Friend Jimmy off the layoff, he can handle the grass but may need longer. No. 8 Heat Flash will be right there at the end. 3-4-7-8

Race 10

This may be a good day for wine and we had the Wine Police in the 6th race and in this race we have No. 2 Whine for Wine who exits our HTW list off a solid win here on May 31st when Mike Smith got on board. He sticks and also stays around for this tenth race. No. 1 American Pride has been hammered at the windows in all three of his starts and got the win last out. No. 4 Remind Mee has big early speed, he gets off the grass and is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. 1-2**-4

OAK TREE AT PLEASANTON

Race 3

No. 1 Atta Boy Pete gets back to the claiming price of his last win. No. 2 Preacher’s Bluff also drops and was right behind Pete on race back. 1-2

Race 4

No. 1 Quistadorable gets off the grass and now will get back on the dirt, she broke her maiden on the dirt at Hastings Park. No. 6 Rambunchkie gets her first start off the John Martin claim and she just won here on the 19th. 1-6

Race 5

No. 3 Wildcat Janine gets the huge drop in class, after her anyone could pop up and win this. 3 (all)

Race 6

No. 9 Rockin Denile gets his second off the layoff, he lost by a nostril on this course last July. No. 10 Over Achiever is a Terry Knight first time starter who draws Baze. 9-10

Race 7

No. 2 The Gray Hound comes off a nice maiden win when sent off at .50 cents on the dollar, he is a main player with winners. No. 7 Maximum Maximum will sit right off the hot pace and pounce turning for home. No. 10 Grazen’s Hope will need to sit right off the pace today, he has a big last work. 2-7-10

Double 

6th 9-10

7th 2-7-10

Race 8

THE $100K OAK TREE DISTAFF

No. 2 Top Kisser is 1-for-1 sprinting on the dirt as she won the 6 furlongs Spring Fever at Santa Anita back in April. No. 4 Marks Mine is very fast and she did run second here last year in the $50k Cal Wine. No. 9 Unusual Way has been facing some good ones, she has 3 wins and 3 seconds from her 6 dirt starts, she worked over the track on the 24th. 2-4-9

Exacta box 2-4-9

Race 9

This is one ugly race, No. 1 An App for Abbie gets back to sprinting but has never won sprinting in eight tries. No. 4 Ninnavee may find this group to her liking. 1-4

Race 10

The day ends at Pleasanton with 3yo $25k maiden claimers. Trainer Kasmerski has been sending out nothing but live runners and he sends out No. 2 Hawk’s Glen who drops trying to get the cash. No. 3 Private Stevens exits our HTW list, he showed good early speed in his one start and now gets his first start off the Morey claim. No. 5 Nacho Preacher drops into a maiden claimer for the first time in this his third start. No. 10 Burning comes off the layoff for Hollendorfer and he puts his old buddy Russell “the Muscle” in the irons. 2-3-5-10

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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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