Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Interject ran a big race here last October after a slow start, she looks ready to pop today. No. 5 Live for Now is 0-15 but has finished second here in 3 of her 4 starts. 2-5

Race 2

These $20k filly and mare maiden claimers are very bad. No. 2 Ann’s Gold is 0-12 but at least has some early speed, she will not find an easier group than these, if not today she may head North. We will take a shot and single her in the players pick five, it’s that or hit the all button. 2

Race 3

If hitting the all button we would single No. 3 Dakota Kid in this race, she exits out HTW list as a $$$$$ play and was scratched last week when the race came off the grass. No. 6 Tizmiss has the works that signals she could run a big race. No. 7 Egyptian Empire exits our Golden Gate watch list, she just missed in her one start there going a mile on the grass, she will like this downhill turf course. 3***-6-7

Key exacta box 3 with 6-7 and win and place 3

Race 4

No. 2 Bluegrass Reward exits our HTW list, he was best last out but now gets a move up in class but has won here with better in the past. No. 6 Dress Code exits the same race and will be on or near the front end. 2-6

Race 5

No. 5 Heartofthetemple is another live runner for trainer Wesley Ward. This filly is in from Keeneland and has big early speed, the capable Joe Steiner gets the call. No. 9 Entrechat is a first time starter for Neil Drysdale and she sports a bullet work for this. 5-9

Players pick five

1st 2-5      or     2-5

2nd 2                all

3rd 3-6-7           3

4th 2-6              2-6

5th 5-9              5-9

Race 6

No. 6 Wildcat Sailor loves the dirt as he is 2-for-2 on dirt and won his only start here. No. 8 Tiz Jolie won here going this mile distance and should get a good set up today. 6-8

Race 7

No. 1 Conscience exits our HTW list, he has a nice last work in his first try on the grass. No. 3 Skylander is another Wesley Ward runner. This one is in from Churchill Downs where he won going a mile on the grass in his last start and also won going 6 furlongs on the grass at Kentucky Downs. No. 7 Presenceofagenius just missed going down the hill the one time he tried it, he is the one to beat. 

1-3-7

Race 8

No. 1 Maid Easy never ran a step in her first start at Los Al, we think she is better than that race. No. 4 Really a Princess is the speed and missed here by a neck at this 6 furlong distance with better back in October, bet her to cash. 1-4

Pick four

5th 5-9

6th 6-8

7th 1-3-7

8th 1-4

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Jalapenobusiness drops to an all time low looking for the maiden win as does No. 4 Quite Effective. 

2-4

Race 2

No. 1 Magico is the speed on the rail, he will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 4 Peppered Pro will try and run him down late. 1-4

Race 3

No. 1 Olympic Blue gets off the grass and drops in class, look for better today. No. 4 Black Spirt exits the same race and he was the 9/5 chalk in the race. No. 7 Hear the Ghost is the stablemate of Blue and gets his second start here on the synthetic surface. 1-4-7

Race 4

No. 1 Illumination Road drops a notch after a good second, he looks to be sitting on the maiden win at this level. No. 5 Paszcatc exits the same race and will improve this time around second off the layoff.

1-5

Race 5

No. 1 Come Away Home gets his second off the layoff and won here in the past. No. 2 Lornefivehundred may be the speed. No. 7 Soldiers Point fits with these and may be the price. 1-2-7

Pick five

1st 2-4

2nd 1-4

3rd 1-4-7

4th 1-5

5th 1-2-7

Race 6

No. 5 Skip Tony always give his best and this 6yo gelding just missed here in his last races and now gets Baze who was on him the last time he won here, we will single in the picks. 5

Race 7

We will go four deep in this $8k maiden using No. 1 Mining Fever, No. 3 Three Red Sevens who exits the same race, No. 6 Papa G the speed who also exits the race along with No. 7 Okie Blackbird. They could finish 1-2-3-4 in the super. 1-3-6-7

Double 

6th 5

7th 1-3-6-7 and a super box 1-3-6-7 

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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