Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

We have $50k statebred maiden claimers going 6 furlongs. No. 4 Libby gets a big rider upgrade to Alex Solis who is trying to get back in with some trainers after moving back to the West Cost, look for a big effort from this 3rd time starter. No. 6 Really a Princes is the speed and gets jockey Alex Canchari who was the second leading jock at Emerald Downs, this looks like a race for the Alex’s. 4-6

Race 2

Looks to be a ton of early speed in this 6 furlong sprint so we will opt for some that will be sitting back. No. 6 Justification has a nice last work over the track and will be making a big late run. No. 7 Saticoy has early speed but that last 7 furlong work says he will be on go for this race. 6-7

Double 

1st 4-6

2nd 6-7

Race 3

$20k maiden claimers going 5½ furlongs. No. 3 Awesome Time gets a double drop in class by Jeff Mullins and takes the blinkers off, he has a nice last work and we look for a much improved effort. No. 8 Pioneer Charlie exits our HTW list, he ran a much improved race in his first start off the Carava claim. No. 12 Tasha’s Courage is the stablemate of Pioneer Charlie, he has had his chances but is a must use off his last three starts even though his win spirit is in question. 3-8-12

Race 4

THE GRADE III L.A. WOMAN 6½ FURLONGS ON THE DIRT

No. 1 Top Kisser has two wins and a third from her three dirt starts, she has a nice last work for this. No. 3 Maker Or Breaker has won 3 of her 6 dirt starts and will get a good sitting trip. 1-3

Race 5

Down the hill they go and we will take our shot and go singling in this last leg of the players pick five using No. 2 Bennett Jean whose dam Pretty Meadow has had 4 winners from 5 starters and two of those winners won on the grass. She looks ready set go with the good turf jock Brice Blanc taking over the mount. 2

Players pick five

1st 4-6

2nd 6-7

3rd 3-8-12

4th 1-3

5th 2

Race 6

2yo maidens go a flat mile on the dirt. No. 1 One Lucky Dane exits our HTW list as a $$$ play, he just failed to hold in his first start going a mile last out, he will be very hard to beat today from his rail post. No. 6 Selection exits the same race and he will improve big time today with the move to the dirt, he will be the one to fear late. No. 9 Harmonic will also be making a late run. 1-6-9

Exacta box 1-6-9

Race 7

Fillies and mares go a mile on the grass in the $75k Swingtime stakes. No. 2 Heat Du Jour looks to be sitting on a big effort. She will sit off the pace and try and run down No. 7 Kathleen Rose once again.

2-7

Race 8

THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Pits two of the top sprinters on the West coast. No. 1 Secret Circle who won the BC Sprint here last year and is using this as a prep to do it again and he has been working a hole in the wind. No. 3 Goldencents will be the main danger, this looks like a nice house Q. 1-3

Race 9

THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE MILE STAKES ON THE GRASS

No. 3 Avanzare is in from Arlington Park via Churchill Downs and Tampa, Tom Proctor and Van Dyke hook up. No. 12 Rock Me Baby wins this if he can run back to his Del Mar mile effort. 3-12

Race 10

No. 1 Pressure Time exits our HTW list off of a race in which he was best, he drops off the Hess claim but gets Bejarano, this is the money run. No. 12 Compulsive will get a good outside trip on or near the early pace. No. 13 Pillar of Strength is a proven runner on dirt and gets his second start on the West Coast.

1-12-13

Win and place 1

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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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