Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA ( closing day)

Race 1

It took No. 1 Navarre 16 races to finally break his maiden, he did it on this downhill turf course coming out of the one hole, he is spotted for another big effort, No. 5 Off the Deep End crushed them in his one and only against 50k statebred maidens going 5-1/2 furlongs on the dirt, he is bred for the grass. No. 6 Romar Success had a troubled trip in his start going down the hill last out and now gets blinkers on. 1-5-6

Race 2

No. 3 Lust for Life is perfectly spotted off the nice maiden breaker, she ran like she loved her first start on conventional dirt, we will single in the players pick five. 3

Race 3

No. 5 Cee’s Tizzy Belle ran good off the layoff when sent down the hill and now gets a mile on the grass which makes her the one to beat, No. 8 Peggy Sue’s Loose has been right there but has had a case of the hangs, her early speed puts her right there again. 5-8

Race 4

No. 4 Kings Adventure showed good early speed in his one start when battling tooth and nail only to tire late and finish third when well bet, he has been working lights out and blinkers and Martin Garcia goes on, Van Dyke gets on the Tom Proctor first-time starter by Indian Charlie No. 6 Conscience who looks live. 4-6

Race 5

No. 7 Moonlight Stroll drops a notch and gets a turn back to a sprint, she will find a fast early pace to make her late run at a nice price, No. 8 Hanna No Sir is the speed of the speed at this level and will be playing catch me if you can. 7-8

Players pick five

1st 1-5-6

2nd 3

3rd 5-8

4th 4-6

5th 7-8

Race 6

No. 2 Mangita has 3 wins and 4 seconds from her 7 starts, No. 3 Mom Nana Petrie exits our HTW list off a race that she was best but got into trouble, she took almost two months off but looks fit and ready. No. 4 Winning Rhythm will be making her usual big late run. After putting two serious works into No. 7 Baruta papa Mandella gave her a nice 4 furlong blowout here on the 26th, bet her to cash today! Nakatani gets on No. 11 Vanlose Stairway for John Sadler who looks to have this filly cranked. 2-3-4-7-11

Key exacta box 7 with 2-4-11 and win and place 7

Race 7

No. 4 Gospel Music gets his first start off the Peter Miller claim and Miller has been on a roll, look for improvement, No. 2 Malibu Colony had not shot in his one race last year at Del Mar against straight maidens, he comes back in this 20k maiden claimer and could be very live at a price. No. 6 Play Maker may have found his level with the drop in class and the same can be said for No. 10 The Gold Monkey. 2-4-6-10

Race 8

THE 200K GRADE 2 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO AT 1-3/4 MILE ON THE GRASS

Hall of fame trainer Ron McAnally put a bullet work going 6 furlongs on the grass with the dogs up into No. 8 Quick Casablanca. 8

Race 9

No. 1 Ruff Proof just missed at this level one race back and now gets Elvis, No. 5 Quay Factor gets back on the dirt and looks very tough with these. No. 9 Fly to Freedom is the stablemate of the Quay Factor and she will insure a fast early pace with Maldo gunning from the bell. 1-5-9

Race 10

We end the day and the meet with a 1-1/4 turf handicap affair, Mike Smith sticks around and makes a rare ride for trainer D’Amato on No. 2 Big John B who makes his way here from Churchill Downs, he has won going 1-1/2 miles on the grass, No. 4 Sizzlin’ Joe is in good form and is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. No. 5 Polytechnicien is an 8yo horse that has gotten good again and somewhere in his past he owns a win at this distance. No. 6 Husband’s Folly lost by a neck here at this distance in April when beaten by No. 9 Bench Light. 2-4-5-6-9

.10 cent superbox 2-4-5-6-9

OAK TREE AT PLEASANTON

Race 1

No. 3 Curly Boy drops in class and owns a win here, No. 6 Twain’s Titan gets a move back up in class and he also has a win here. 3-6

Race 2

No. 8 Sound of Money gets Juan Sanchez in the irons and he has been riding well, he will have this 7yo gelding flying late. 8

Race 3

No. 2 Wetherbee Lake is very consistent and drops to the level of her last win, No. 7 Secret Memo gets the hot riding Juan Hernandez, she is in top form. 2-7

Race 4

8k maiden claimers going 5-1/2 furlongs, these are bad, first-time starter No. 8 Flight Commander could be the live runner in here? PASS

Race 5

No. 1 Chase Man is proven on dirt as he has four wins on the dirt, No. 3 Curious Spy gets his first start off the Morey claim and will be way over bet with Baze riding. No. 8 Call Him Paddy goes long again and could lite up the tote. Quinn Howey who seems to never lose a race on this circuit sends out No. 9 Tiger Cat. 1-3-8-9

Race 6

Jeff Bonde sends out the Hastings Park shipper No. 4 Two Pump who has been working here since May 31st, No. 6 Power of Ten will appreciate getting back on conventional dirt. Baze and Hollendorfer hook up with No. 8 Free Money who is in top form but has never tasted dirt. 4-6-8

Exacta box 4-6-8

Race 7

No. 1 Pata Blanca ran a better than looked race in her one and only start, she can only move forward and has a sharp 4 furlong work for this, No. 4 Heads I Win exits the same race as does No. 6 On the Right Side. 1-4-6

Race 8

No. 5 Finding Forestry put it all together last out when breaking her maiden by 3 lengths, No. 6 Senza Fina is the speed and is proven on dirt. 5-6

Race 9

No. 3 Livelaughlove showed some early speed in her first start when well bet, she will hold better today, No. 6 Lady Swann ran an even race in her one and only and will move forward off of that start. 3-6

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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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