Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Magna Warrior just won here at this level on December 26th. No. 6 Northern Contract is in from Turf Paradise, he is a win or nothing horse with 5 wins from 12 starts, no seconds or thirds.

2-6

Race 2

The Baffert barn has been ice cold but they send out No. 5 Fascinating who looks to be a real up and comer. Baffert highly regarded this filly and she finally got the maiden breaker in her last start, she looks odds on with these and we will single in the players pick five. 5

Race 3

No. 4 Frandontjudge gets a turn back in distance and she will be making a late run with Elvis getting back on. No. 8 Fast Magoo is just that very fast out of the box, she will be sent and try and take them wire to wire. No. 10 Warren’s Tricia R. also gets a turn back in distance and she will get a great sitting trip from this outside post. 4-8-10

Race 4

No. 1 Beth’s Bling ran a nice even race in her one start at Los Al, she looks to be a nice filly and the filly who finished right in front of her in that race won next out. No. 4 Sound City showed good early speed in her one start at Los Al and Bejarano sticks. 1-4

Race 5

No. 1 Tigah is in top form and gets the rail today, if he gets the untroubled trip he wins. No. 2 Press Baron has never won here but is also in good form and Bejarano knows how to ride him. No. 6 Horizontalyspeakin is a three time winner here and he will be playing catch me if you can. 1-2-6

Players pick five

1st 2-6

2nd 5

3rd 4-8-10

4th 1-4

5th 1-2-6

Race 6

No. 4 Crucero drops back with maiden claimers after running back to back seconds. No. 7 Saint Dermot drops in with maiden claimers for the first time and gets Gary Stevens riding for Mike McCarthy. 4-7

Race 7

No. 6 Bobbi Grace will go down the hill today after running against much stronger in the Grade III Jimmy Durante at Del Mar, her one race here going a mile was a good one, we will single. 6

Race 8

We need to go five deep in the last race using No. 1 Cyrus Alexander the one to beat on paper but we don’t like that last work here on the 10th. No. 4 Malibu Wood who gets his third start and will love this mile distance. No. 8 Nob Hill who has a bullet here on the 10th and Mr. B has been getting this one geared up. No. 9 Wabel is the stablemate of Nob Hill and may be the speed of the speed in here. No. 10 Selection is the one with the most experience at this distance and he get Stevens riding for his buddy Tom Proctor.

1-4-8-9-10

Double 

7th 6

8th 1-4-8-9-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 4 Tammy’s Kitty will fall into a nice tracking spot and she should pull of the win today unless No. 1 Romancemediscretly holds on. 1-4

Race 2

The bug boy Carson Sullivan gets on first time starter No. 3 Guia who is out of the dam Hot and Frosty who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters. This gray filly has been in steady work mood since back in May. No. 6 Misty Warrior will be the filly to beat on the drop down. 3-6

Race 3

No. 1 Format V. is an old pro who still has run at this level, he gets the stretch out today off the easy win. Juan Hernandez who was on Format V. for the win will go with No. 6 Morally Bankrupt who gets back on the synthetic surface, he will be making a late run. 1-6

Race 4

No. 1 Nahem is the speed on the rail with Baze. No. 2 Sandor is his stablemate and just miss here at this level on the grass last out. 1-2

Race 5

No. 3 Troy Story drops to a better level today and will be the one to beat. No. 4 Charisma Code exits the same race is his barn has had a very good meet with limited starters. 3-4

Pick five

1st 1-4

2nd 3-6

3rd 1-6

4th 1-2

5th 3-4

Race 6

No. 1 Silent Secret is perfectly spotted off the maiden breaker. No. 3 It Behooves Me just missed in his last start here at this level when going a mile, he was closing fast despite being fanned five wide down the lane. No. 6 Mano a Mano is the stablemate of Silent Secret and he is the speed and also exits the same race as It Behooves Me. 1-3-6

Race 7

No. 8 Harmonic ships in from down South for the hook up of Hollendorfer and Baze, they look to have found an easy spot and we will single in the .20 cent rainbow pick six.

2nd 3-6

3rd 1-6

4th 1-2

5th 3-4

6th 1-3-6

7th 8

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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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