Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 5 Acute comes off a wire-to-wire win at Los Al and has won four times here. She may find some other speed in the race today and that could set up the chances of No. 7 Incredible Journey from off the pace.

5-7

Race 2

No. 1 Prospector Alley gets a double drop in class as he seeks his level, this looks like a good spot. No. 5 Silent Ruler is an 0-13 maiden but drops to his lowest level and Kent D gets back aboard for his brother Keith. 1-5

Race 3

No. 1 Sky Heart has been well bet in all four of his starts but has failed badly and now they drop him trying to win. No. 3 Sacrificial Action is a first time starter out of the dam Miss Nicole who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters including a stakes winner, he gets the hot riding Elvis. No. 7 Believe Too drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and could wake up. 1-3-7

Race 4

We need to go four deep in this wide open $16k 6 furlong sprint using No. 4 Salsita who comes here in top form, No. 5 A P Pepper who one here one race back, No. 7 Nothing to Hide who drops back to this level and she owns a win over the track and No. 9 Moscato Girl first off the Vann Belvoir claim. 

4-5-7-9

Race 5

No. 5 Popover exits our HTW list and will be our key play in this 1 mile maiden race. She went 6-1/2 in her first start at Del Mar losing by a nostril after breaking slow and having the rider lose his whip, she will love the dirt and the distance, we will key her first and second with No. 1 Cool Moves who finished second in her first start going a mile on the grass losing to Ole Fashion who came back to score. No. 4 Danette has been facing Grade I company in her last three starts and now moves back with her own kind and No. 6 Roadbug is the stablemate of Popover, she gets here second start as she bombed in her first start at Los Al at even money. 5 with 1-4-6

Race 6

No. 1 Hay Dude has been bet to the favorite in his first two starts in the U.S., his trainer has been hot and today could be the day. No. 2 Horizontalyspeakin has a blistering last work 1/100 in :58.3, he will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 4 Boozer also has early speed and will be right on or close to the lead. No. 7 Mega Heat bet the Dude last out and has won four times here on the grass and loves this mile distance. 

1-2-4-7

Race 7

No. 4 Sammy Mandeville gets off the grass, he will find a fast early pace and if able to handle the dirt will run them down late. No. 5 Cautious Giant exits our HTW list off a solid maiden breaker, he could be this good at a wonderful price. 4-5

Race 8

No. 2 Tebowing comes here in top form and will try and turn the tables on No. 9 Zanbo who beat her the last time the met at Del Mar. 2-9

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 3 Highly Rated continues her drop down the class ladder, its now or never. No. 5 Quistadorable has been at this level with success, she is the mare to beat. 3-5

Race 2

No. 4 Gem of a Gal won for fun in her first start here after shipping in from Santa Anita, she looks like a repeater. No. 5 Pulpit Hanna broke her maiden on this turf course and if this stays on the green she can upset the Gem of a Gal. 4-5

Race 3

No. 2 Pressure Time just missed by a head one  race back at this level and distance, he looks like a solid single in the pick five. 2

Race 4

This one is scheduled to go 5 furlongs on the grass. No. 2 Administer won in his only try at this turf distance. No. 3 Brokered is in from Santa Anita where he ran his last race down the hill and won. 2-3

Race 5

No. 1 Cheese did not get the chance last out to say cheese, she has speed and the rail and gets Hernandez today. No. 2 Star Image gets her first start off the Morey claim and Baze gets the call.

1-2

Pick five

1st 3-5

2nd 4-5

3rd 2

4th 2-3

5th 1-2

Race 6

If this stays on the grass we will be singling No. 6 Already Rockin with Dennis Carr, he looks set for the win off his last race here on the grass. 6

Race 7

No. 2 Freight Runner is the only first time starter in the very weak $8k maiden claimer. He is an 8yo horse trained by Richard Baltas who shipped one runner in here this meet and won. No. 4 Badwater ships in and drops from $20k to $8k. 2-4

Double

6th 6

7th 2-4

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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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