Saber’s Horse Selections – 8.22.14

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DEL MAR

Race 1

No. 2 Bookworm exits our HTW list off a sneaky good first try last out, his last work says he is on go. No. 3 Forest Chatter is a first time starter that gets the services of Mike Smith who rode the Bookworm last time. No. 4 Wade finished in front of the Bookworm in his first start when showing good early speed.

2-3-4

Exacta box 2-3-4 and win and place 2

Race 2

No. 1 Mike Man’s Gold ran bang up here in his last start and his barn is having a good meet. No. 2 Money Cannon beat Man’s Gold last out and will try and repeat. No. 3 Anillo also exits the race, he was the third place finisher and will once again try and take them wire-to-wire. 1-2-3

Race 3

No. 5 Mikes Lion is one to two entered in this $30k maiden claimer by trainer Miyadi who also sends out No. 6 Gottalovethosecats, both look to have a big shot. No. 8 Arigato ran a nice even race in his first start here going five furlongs, the extra half a furlong will be good for him. 5-6-8

Race 4

We will take our shot with No. 7 Grandiose Tactics who is in from Churchill Downs for trainer Ron Ellis, she won going this mile distance on the synthetic surface one race back. 7

Win and place 7

Race 5

No. 5 Brando the Birdman comes off the layoff, he won two out of his three starts last year with a second. No. 6 Luck Lasts looks the main danger in this his second off the layoff. 5-6

Players pick five

1st 2

2nd 1-2-3

3rd 5-6-8

4th 7

5th 5-6

Race 6

No. 2 Topic comes back West and she won this 1-3/8 turf CTTT last year. No. 4 Customer Base just missed going a 1-1/2 at Santa Anita on the grass in her last start, big race Mike Smith stays aboard. No. 5 Room for Me exits our HTW list but gets a major rise in class, he will try and take his speed as far as he can. No. 6 Charlie Em beat Customer Base in his last start at 1-1/2 on the Santa Anita grass. 2-4-5-6

Key exacta box 4 with 2-5-6

Race 7

No. 2 Cocabella Myst exits our HTW list off a good first try at Los Al. No. 3 Spoiledandentitled had a bad trip in her last race and looks to rebound, Kent D gets the leg up so look out! No. 11 Smoke ‘n’ Whiskey is the only first time starter in a soft field of $20k maiden claimers. No. 12 Super Defence drops into a maiden claimer and will wake up with Bejarano getting the ride. 2-3-11-12

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Lady Lionheart has finished a close second in her last two since Hernandez got on board. No. 6 Deferred Revenue is the main concern with the drop to this level. 1-6

Race 2

No. 3 Rever de Vous comes back North and gets Baze riding for Hollendorfer, he was on for the maiden breaker here. No. 6 Beverly the Boss has the best shot at beating the chalk. 3-6

Double 

1st 1-6

2nd 3-6

Race 3

No. 6 Sicilysmostwanted ran ok here in her first two starts, look for a big effort today at a price. 6

Race 4

No. 1 Missdang Sally has won 6 of her 9 starts on this course. No. 3 Papercoversrock gets her first off the layoff for Morey. 1-3

Race 5

No. 1 Copper Bay is in from Del Mar and gets a big class drop as trainer Steve Sherman takes over. No. 5 Thrills and Chills last win came here, he looks to be getting back in form. 1-5

Race 6

No. 7 Excess Charm broke her maiden here, she has a real nice last work. No. 8 Fashionably Rich will be her main danger as she will try and take them wire-to-wire. 7-8

Race 7

No. 8 Angel of Gold is the only first time starter in a very soft group of $8k maiden claimers. No. 10 Reno Rocket gets his second try at this level and is not a proven loser yet, he is the one to beat. 8-10

Double 

6th 7-8

8th 8-10

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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