Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Holiday Maker drops in class and finds a very soft group 2yo $25k claimers, she looks like a short price winner. 1

Race 2

We get five 2yo fillies going a mile on the dirt and we will go with No. 5 Achiever’s Legacy who will like this easier company and gets Van Dyke riding for Hollendorfer. 5

Race 3

No. 5 Appealing Lady ran a better than looked third in her last race going this mile distance, she looks ready to pop today. No. 6 Bullwinkle Babe will be shot out of the gate by Maldo and try and take the girls wire to wire. 5-6

Race 4

$50k statebred maiden fillies and mares go six furlongs on the dirt. No. 2 Comin’offthebench was working good at Emerald Downs and now shows up here, this 5yo mare looks very sneaky. No. 8 Flowinwiththebreez gets off the grass and drops back in with claimers, she is the filly to beat. 2-8

Race 5

We will use two that are exiting the same race in this 1-1/8 turf route for 2yo maidens. No. 1 Miltee the third place finisher who is bred to love the grass and the distance and No. 8 Increase who will go much better today in his second turf try. 1-8

Exacta box 1-8

Race 6

No. 1 Sheza Eyeopener gets off the grass and back to a better level. No. 7 Highly Rated drops in class and has been looking for a spot, she look spotted for the win. 1-7

Race 7

In this 1½ turf marathon No. 1 Aguafria gets her third start in the states and looks ready for her best. No. 4 Bunairgead won at this distance in Ireland and she gets Mike Smith today. 1-4

Race 8

No. 3 Nextdoorneighbor is a hanger but may have found a group he can beat as he gets his first start off the claim. No. 4 Warren’s Jeff G. will be making a big late run. 3-4

Pick four

5th 1-8

6th 1-7

7th 1-4

8th 3-4

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Catzanova will appreciate the move to the tapita surface after back-to-back grass races. No. 2 St. Marley gets Baze and also gets off the grass. 1-2

Race 2

No. 1 Lady’s Plan had a very bad trip last out. No. 6 Chimichanga comes off a nice win in her first turf route and may have found a home. 1-6

Double

1st 1-2

2nd 1-6

Race 3

In a very bad $5k maiden race we will go with the only first time starter in the race No. 1 Porterville Kid for trainer Steve Sherman. No. 2 Four Gaels drops in class and looks best of the ones that have run. 1-2

Race 4

No. 4 Began Again drops in class and will be a short price. No. 5 Suances Dream and No. 6 Steel are the two live first time starters in the race. 4-5-6

Exacta box 4-5-6

Race 5

No. 6 Northern Force looks like a solid single in the picks with the hot riding Russell the muscle getting back on for And Mathis. 6

Race 6

No. 5 Mining Fever has run back to back good races at this level and looks ready to pop today. No. 6 Wine At Nine will be the main danger with the drop to this level. 5-6

Race 7

No. 9 Justalittleloopy comes back to town after trying some tough customers at Belmont, Saratoga and Monmouth, she has hit the board on this course in ten of her eleven starts. 9

Pick five

3rd 1-2

4th 4-5-6

5th 6

6th 5-6

7th 9

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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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