Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 8 Hide My Heart is in from Gulfstream Park and lands in the barn of John Sadler and this very speedy filly gets Rosario. No. 11 Intoxicating Move and No. 12 As Rulers Go exit the same race. 8-11-12

Race 2

THE $200K GRADE II LAS VEGAS MARATHON at 1-3/4 

Lots of early speed in this race. No. 7 Sky Kingdom has early speed but will need to sit right off the hot pace and jump on them turning for home. No. 9 Cary Street is in from Belmont and will be the one that will be running them all down late. 7-9

Double

1st 8-11-12

2nd 7-9

Race 3

THE $200K GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLY at 7 furlongs

No. 4 My Fiona is the one to beat at a short price, we will single in the players pick five. 4

Race 4

THE GRADE II $200K TWILIGHT DERBY

No. 1 Sawyer’s Hill comes off the layoff and looks to have a pace advantage form his rail post. No. 10 Long On Value ships in for Bill Mott and gets Rosie, this colt is in top form. No. 11 Ring Weekend is in from Belmont for Graham Motion, he is looking for his third straight graded win. 1-10-11

Race 5

THE $100K DAMASCUS at 7 furlongs

Baffert brings back No. 5 Chitu from his Kentucky Derby run when he finished 9th, Rosario will ride. He also brings back No. 2 Midnight Hawk who was second by a nostril in the Illinois Derby. No. 7 Declassify is the other Baffert runner in the race and his main man gets back on. 2-5-7

Pick five

1st 8-11-12

2nd 7-9

3rd 4

4th 1-10-11

5th 2-5-7

Race 6

THE $1 MILLION BC JUVENILE TURF

The Euro’s have ruled in this race here the last four time it was held in California winning four straight. No. 4 Commemorative is a very classy colt in from over the pond and looks the one to beat. No. 7 War Envoy is in from France for Aiden O’Brien. Underneath we will be using No. 8 Offering Plan at 20/1, No. 10 Startup Nation at 12/1 and No. 11 Imperia at 6/1. 4**-7-10-11-12

Race 7

THE $1 MILLION BC DIRT MILE

The key player in here is No. 4 Pants On Fire with Paco Lopez riding, he will get a very fast early pace while sitting right off the pace and launch turning for home. We will use him first and second with No. 1 Goldencents, No. 6 Golden Ticket, No. 8 Fed Biz, No. 9 Tapiture and No. 10 Big Bane Theory. 4** with 1-6-8-9-10

Race 8

THE $1 MILLION BC JUVENILE FILLY TURN

The favorite in this race which began back in 2008 has gone 0-1-1 in the six years, so we may want to pitch the chalk as the average payoff in this race is $21.00. No. 6 Sivoliere gets the comeback kid Gary Stevens riding for owner and close friend Martin Schwartz and trained by Chad Brown, this one is here for a purpose shipping here from France and at 12-1 we will be betting. No. 12 Tammy the Torpedo exits the Ms Grillo at Belmont Park and fillies exiting that race in the past have done well. We will be keying on these two with No. 2 Osaila who is one tough cookie from over the pond, No. 4 Lady Eli who also exits the Ms Grillo, No. 5 Isabella Sings for Todd Pletcher with J. R riding at 12/1 and No. 14 Qualify a sharp O’Brien runner from Ireland. 6**-12-2-4-5-14

Race 9

THE $2 MILLION BC DISTAFF 

The favorites have won this race over .40% of the time and trainer Bill Mott has been first or second in the last four and he sends out No. 11 Close Hatches who is 3/1 on the morning line and will look to come back from a bad race last out, that last work says he is on go. No. 10 Untapable will be the one that will be coming late along with the $1k purchase dream filly No. 7 Don’t Tell Sophia. No. 8 Valiant Emilia is in from Peru and could be any kind with Bejarano getting the leg up. 10-11 with 7-8

Race 10 

We get an optional claimer to end the day, Gary Stevens sticks around to ride the Baffert runner No. 2 Day of Fury, who we will be using. No. 7 Jimmy Bouncer won his first two starts and fits with these. Baffert also sends out No. 10 Roundupthelute who comes off the layoff, he was well regarded as a 2yo but was put on the shelf after his last start. Mike Smith sticks around to ride No. 11 Whine for Wine who will be making a late run at the tiring speed. 2-7-10-11

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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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