Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Mahalo Princess is the speed on the rail off a huge work here on the 17th. No. 3 Lust for Life is the stablemate of Mahalo and she is on a very nice win every other race pattern and this is her win race if the Princess fades down the lane. 1-3

Race 2

In this very wide open $20k maiden claimer for fillies and mares we will need to go four deep. No. 3 Beth’s My Babe comes off the layoff, drops in class and gets Van Dyke. No. 4 Sheza Dish comes off the layoff and runs with maiden claimers for the first time. No. 6 Blameitonthecat has been over her head and now looks for her correct level, Tyler Baze gets the call. No. 8 Afleet Echo looks the speed of the speed.

3-4-6-8

Double

1st 1-3

2nd 3-4-6-8

Race 3

No. 2 Midnight Candy won for fun when dropped in for a tag last out, she gets her first start off the claim and it’s a good sigh that she is put in this claim proof starter allowance race. No. 7 Shezapiranha will be making a late run. 2-7

Race 4

No. 1 Temeeku gets her second try going down the hill, she ran a much better than looked 5th last time after stumbling bad at the start, Bejarano sticks. No. 2 Susan B Good is wheeled back in just 6 days and gets a turn back in distance. 1-2

Race 5

No. 3 Firing Line is a first time starter for the hot barn of Simon Callaghan, he has been working a hole in the wind and gets Mike Smith in the irons. No. 12 New Summit is another firster that has been working with a purpose and he gets Bejarano. 3-12

Race 6

Down the hill they go again. No. 4 Maxx the Giant as two career wins and both came with Bejarano riding, he won with this 4yo gelding last time out going a mile on the grass. No. 5 Conquest Two Step ran second on this course last out and has a nice last work. 4-5

Race 7

No. 2 Eddie’s First gets back on the dirt and will turn things around. No. 5 Kill Shot has a fast last work and he won in his only dirt start. No. 6 True Ten gets a turn back in distance, he will be making a big late run.

2-5-6

Race 8

THE $100K GRADE III AUTUMN MISS GOING A MILE ON THE GRASS

Tom Proctor sends out two runners that we like, No. 4 Famous Alice who will appreciate the move from Grade I company and No. 6 Diversy Harbor who has hit the board in all five of her turf starts here. No. 7 Alexis Tangier is 3-for-3 on the grass. 4-5-6

Race 9

$20k maiden claimers go 5½ furlongs. No. 4 Takeit Tothe Limit just missed at this level and distance in his last start at Los Al and now he gets a break in the weights with Van Dyke getting the call. No. 5 Tasha’s Courage has had his chances but now Bejarano gets his shot with this closer. No. 7 Shaniel drops and adds speed to the race which could set things up for Tasha. 4-5-7

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Deb’s Wildcard won at first asking and the filly she beat came back to score next out. No. 7 Lutine Belle ships back in town and gets Baze riding for his buddy Jerry. 2-7

Race 2

No. 2 Rye Patch ran ok in his first try going long and first on the grass. No. 4 Stuffed Animal is a first time starter who sire was a top turf runner, Pedroza who is in to ride in the feature gets the call. 2-4

Double 

1st 2-7

2nd 2-4

Race 3

No. 1 Native Treasure drops in class, he has good early speed and can stand the heat on the front end. No. 3 Preacher’s Bluff will be the one to fear late. 1-3

Race 4

2yo maidens go a mile on the grass. No. 2 Shore to Shore has been working at Santa Anita but ships in for this and gets a top jock of some nice works. No. 4 Dances With Many will wake up on the grass. No. 9 Schooner has finished second in both of his starts including his last going this mile turf distance. 2-4-9

Win and place 2

Race 5

No. 4 Brighton Star drops big time but gets Juan Hernandez as they shoot for the win. No. 9 Flight Commander gets back on the tapita surface where he has finished first and second from his two starts. No. 10 Exclude fits at this level. 4-9-10

Race 6

THE $75K PIKE PLACE DANCER STAKES AT A MILE ON THE GRASS

Pedroza comes to town with No. 1 Sea Mona who has been facing much stronger turf runners at Santa Anita. No. 9 Bennett Jean won in her only turf start when going down the hill at Santa Anita, Gryder is in to ride her. 1-9

Race 7

No. 3 Tribal Torch is in top form and will fall into a good stalking positing. No. 11 Cast in Silver is a lightly raced 3yo filly that has a win and two second from her three starts. No. 12 No More Twinkies has won both of her starts here. 3-11-12

Race 8

We will go outside in this $20k maiden claimer going a mile on the grass and use No. 10 Italian Harmony who is in from Santa Anita, she just missed going a mile at Del Mar on the synthetic surface, if she likes the grass she is a player. No. 11 For the People ran a good race with straight maidens on the grass, she is the one to beat. 10-11

Race 9

No. 3 Shaun Washington gets a huge drop in class by Hollendorfer, if he still has three legs he can beat these. No. 10 Heroically is in top form, he has eight wins here. 3-10

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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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