Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Jedi Mind Trick drops off the win as Sadler has been playing some good poker with this 3yo gelding, No. 3 Sudden Rumor has some longshot appeal with Alex Canchari getting his second shot aboard this 3yo. No. 6 Sir Barclay comes off a nice win when beating Sudden Rumor. 2-3-6

Race 2

No. 4 Stormin Trick is a first-time starter for Mike Puype who attracks Bejarano, No. 6 Tough Sunday had trouble in his first two starts and now Tyler will try and get him in the hunt early. 4-6

Double 

1st 2-3-6

2nd 4-6

Race 3

No. 3 Rosa Divina who exits our HTW list lost all shot when breaking from the rail in her last race and breaking slow, look for her to run big today. No. 7 Nature’s Alley looks live at first asking for Peter Miller. No. 8 Warren’s Purrfect gets a break in the weights with Van Dyke getting the call, she will be flying late. 3-7-8

Race 4

No. 7 Mangita loves this turf course with 2 wins and 4 seconds from her 6 starts, No. 8 Kool Kat gets back on the grass and she broke her maiden here at this turf distance. No. 9 Magic Spot is a perfect 3 for 3 on this course and 4 of 5 at this mile distance, No. 10 Shysheisnot runs them all alike and is looking for the hat trick. 7-8-9-10

Race 5

No. 3 Simon Kenton exits our HTW list off a big effort at Los Alamitos, No. 5 Nowalking just needs the right pace scenario to get home on top. No. 7 Little Curlin exits the same race as Nowalking and looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker. 3-5-7

Exacta box 3-5-7

Race 6

Down the hill they go, No. 4 Snowday exits our HTW list as he looks for his first win in the states, No. 8 Somethings Unusual just missed going down the hill back in November and he gets the good turf jock Elvis today. 4-8

Race 7

THE 75K KALOOKAN QUEEN

This looks as easy as one two, No. 1 Global Hottie has won three straight for Baffert, she will be on or near the pace with her stablemate No. 2 Awesome Baby who gets a turnback in distance, she is also looking for her fourth straight win. 1-2

Race 8

THE 100K GRADE III DAYTONA

No. 1 Sweet Swap ran huge in the BC turf sprint at this distance, No. 9 Bettys Bambino gets a class test but he likes this downhill turf course winning 3 of 4. No. 10 Play Hard to Get exits our HTW list and will be a nice price play to use in the exotics. No. 11 Lil Bit O’Fun will get the perfect trip from this post. 1-9-10-11

Race 9

No. 2 Pleasure Point exits our HTW list, he was well bet in his first start but had a five wide trip and had to settle for a close third, No. 8 Congrats Seattle has been working well and gets Talamo back who just missed with this 2yo gelding one race back on this course. 2-8

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Missdang Sally drops trying to get back to the winners circle, she has won 6 of 12 here, No. 6 Missy Marini is the speed and will try and hold off Sally. 1-6

Race 2

No. 1 Grandstand gets a confident boost in class first off the Cone claim and first on this circuit, he may like it here, No. 4 Blu Jon gets Baze back and the move to this level and this surface makes him very dangerous. No. 5 Pillar of Strength comes off a nice win. 1-4-5

Double

1st 1-6

2nd 1-4-5

Race 3

No. 1 More Champagne is the hunch play with New Years eve in just three days, No. 6 Noble Metal is the speed and will try and outrun the shipper No. 7 African Oil to the front end. 1-6-7

Race 4

No. 2 Sonora Pass has a nice last work for his first start, No. 3 Eternal Flame is another live first-time starter with Juan Hernandez riding for kid Sherman. No. 7 Lucky Tomorrow is out of the dam Toomanytomorrows who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters and he has a big last work and gets Baze riding for Martin and looks the one to beat. 2-3-7

Win and place 7

Race 5

No. 6 Loveintheshadows gets back on the grass and will be on the early pace, No. 7 Irenes Jackpot will sit off the pace and try and nail her down the lane. 6-7

Race 6

No. 6 Nellie Fox ships in from Del Mar and switches to the barn of Steven Miyadi and gets a huge drop in class, No. 8 Saleofthecentury is an Andy Mathis first-time starter who had a nice last work, he looks the one if Nellie is not on his game. 6-8

Double

5th 6-7

6th 6-8

Race 7

No. 2 Havoc is a must use at this level to get a piece, No. 4 See Zo Go is one tough 7yo gelding who has some good early speed and if he can clear early look out. No. 8 Tropical Heat is an 8yo gelding who still has some run but needs a fast early pace. 2-4-8

Race 8

No. 1 Deb’s Wildcard looks like a good single as she gets 6 furlongs today and that should get her home on top. 1

Race 9

No. 2 Blow the Whistle is a first-time starter out of the dam Electric Chair who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters, No. 4 Affluent Asset is a first-time starter out of the dam Sarna who has dropped 8 winners from 8 starters and No. 8 Anointed Waters is a first-time starter out of the dam Domasco Lake who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters. 2-4-8

Double 

8th 1

9th 2-4-8

CHECK FOR LATE SCRATCHES AND CHECK THAT THE SADDLE CLOTH NUMBERS MATCH OUR SELECTION NUMBERS.

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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