Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

Lots of early zip in this 1-1/16 route. No. 3 Astuzia is the one that will get the best trip, she exits the same race as No. 4 Silk in Silver who won the race and gets her first start off the Mulhall claim and No. 5 Plazarita who finished 3rd and came back to just miss next out by a neck. 3-4-5

Race 2

Bejarano gets on second time starter No. 1 Karaoke Cat and that is a big jockey switch, this 2yo gelding will be flying late. No. 5 Donji is out of the dam Skip Queen and she has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. No. 7 Dance Dee a Door O is the stranger danger for a good barn. 1-5-7

Race 3

Maiden 2yo go down the hill. No. 1 Battle of Evermore ran an even race in his first going two turns and now this Scat Daddy colt turns back and gets on the grass. This looks like a wining move and those last three 5 furlong works say he is on go. No. 8 Willing to Travel is in from Arlington Park where he was routing on the grass, he lands in the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer and gets Bejarano who was on Evermore in his two starts. 1-8

Exacta box 1-8 

Race 4

No. 1 Fascinating comes off the layoff for the hot Baffert barn and Mike Smith will ride. Mike just missed the one time he was on her last year in the Del Mar Debutante by a half length. No. 7 Firefly is the stablemate of Fascinating, she gets her second start and will like the move to dirt. 1-7

Double 

3rd 1-8

4th 1-7

Race 5

Down the hill they go. No. 6 Sunset Skies has a win and a third in her two starts down the hill, after her  this one is wide open and anyone can get the cash at a price. 6 ( all)

Race 6

No. 5 Nueva Fortuna gets her second start off the Ron Ellis claim, she ran a good third last out and now gets Talamo and dropped back to her claimed price and near miss. No. 10 Spirit of Ten gets her second start off the claim and she drops back to her claimed price and the level of her win. 5-10

Exacta box 5-10 and win and place 5

Race 7

No. 4 Te Rapa will get a good trip in this 1-1/8 turf route and the price will be square. No. 7 Kulik Lodge has done little wrong in his three starts with two wins and a second, he is a must use with Mike Smith sticking. No. 8 Ethnic Dance looks the speed of the speed with Maldo getting back on board. 

4-7-8

Race 8

No. 1 Scratchmeifyoucan is the speed on the rail, she gets a little drop in class and will hold better today. No. 2 Miz Penelope drops into a maiden claimer in this her 3rd start and she gets a turn back in distance, she will be making a late run. No. 9 Freakin Amazing exits the same race as the number 1 and could improve off that first effort. Elvis gets on the only first time starter in the race No. 10 Seek Safe Harbor who is out of the dam Seek who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters, the price will be right. 1-2-9-10

Pick 3

6th 5-10

7th 4-7-8

8th 1-2-9-10

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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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