Saber’s Horse Selections – 8.17.14

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DEL MAR

Race 1

No. 1 Jimmy’s Date broke his maiden here on August 1st and gets his first start off the Peter Miller claim and he also exits our HTW list, No. 4 U S Citizen woke up in his first start for Marty Jones at this level, he can only move forward off of that race. 1-4

Race 2

No. 3 Cotton Valley ran his best race when dropped to the 20k level in his last start as did No. 4 Justa Splash who just got beat by a dwindling 3/4 of a length to Jimmy’s Date in his last. No. 10 Burning ran good here at 7 furlongs and should love the flat mile distance. 3-4-10

Double

1st 1-4

2nd 3-4-10

Race 3

No. 6 Muchos Besos just missed here last out and will find a fast early pace to make his late run, we will single in the players pick five. 6

Win and place 6

Race 4

THE 150K RANCHO BERNARDO

Wesley Ward brings in the classy No. 1 Judy the Beauty and big race Mike Smith gets the leg up, No. 3 Reneesgotzip is a perfect 3 for 3 here at Del Mar and 3 for 3 at the distance, she won this race last year by four lengths. 1-3

Race 5

No. 1 Ethnic Dance won the Del Mar Derby on the grass here last year, he had his prep and looks ready, we will take our shot with him. 1

Players pick five

1st 1-4

2nd 3-4-10

3rd 6

4th 1-3

5th 1

Race 6

Mike Smith gets on first-time starter No. 6 Tiz All That for Marty Jones, we think he is very live in this soft group. 6

Race 7

No. 1 Fateer is a first-time starter for Baffert who is having a tough meet, this 2yo filly has a very good last work and really looks like a runner, No. 7 Megyns Gold and No. 8 Partyin both exit a good last race and both get their second start and both should move forward. 1-7-8

Race 8

THE 150K SOLANA BEACH

No. 2 Magic Spot is a perfect 4 for 4 on the grass but will need to deal with some other big early speed in here with the likes of No. 3 Kathleen Rose who is 5 for 8 on the grass with 2 seconds. No. 4 Heat Du Jour will get the perfect setup for his late run as will No. 7 Warren’s Veneda who just missed here on July 19th. No. 8 Unusual Hottie was a good third in this race last year and she also will be making a late run. 4-7-8

Race 9

No. 5 Street Serenade looks to be sitting on a big race, No. 6 Format V. exits our HTW list, he is the one to beat first off the claim and Bejarano getting on board. 5-6

Race 10

Kent D. sticks for the last race and he gets on No. 5 Emeralds Miss, look out! No. 8 Hot and Pleasing finally gets the needed drop in class, look for the big wake up today. 5-8

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Delta Ranger is 1 for 1 on this synthetic surface and it was at this mile distance, old pro No. 3 Sandor drops to a better level. 2-3

Race 2

No. 3 Daitanna is in top form looking for her third straight win, she will find a fast early pace to set her up, No. 4 Pepper Me gets off the grass and will also be making a late run. Baze will sit chilly on No. 6 My Gal Candy and he may get the jump on the other two. 3-4-6

Race 3

No. 2 Surf Queen will try and take them wire-to-wire but will need to hold off No. 5 Quistadorable, who will be flying late. 2-5

Race 4

No. 1 Ranger Marini drops, tries the grass going long and gets Baze and a bullet work. 1

Race 5

No. 1 Power of Ten is one consistent filly who can be depended on for a late run, No. 2 Happybirthdaybaby is the speed. No. 3 Sudden Sunday has won 3 of her 4 starts here with a second. 1-2-3

Race 6

No. 3 Michael the Man gets his second start off the Sherman claim and looks to be sitting on a good one, No. 5 Magic Channel bet the Man last out. No. 7 Rule Breaker also exits the race and could be part of the trifecta at a price. 3-5-7

Exacta and trifecta box 3-5-7

Race 7

First-time starter No. 1 Aunt Sara is out of the dam Auntie Soph who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters, she has a fast last work and Baze rides. 1

Race 8

No. 4 Fordham Road will take some beating in this race at a short price, he looks like a good single. 4

Race 9

No. 1 Headin’ to Hap’s ran a good even race first out and has a big last work here for this his second start, No. 6 Flash of Lightning is out of the dam Sweet Bimbo who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters. No. 7 Streaking Smoke is out of the dam Icy Streak who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters including a stakes winner, he has a good last work. 1-6-7

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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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