Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Spy Girl has the speed to take these wire-to-wire unless one of the two first-time starters are runners, so watch the board, No. 5 Jean Edward is the closer and she exits our HTW list. 3-5

Race 2

No. 3 Wasted At Midnight is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race, the ice cold Bob Baffert sends out two in here but the one with the best shot is No. 5 Global Hottie. 3-5

Race 3

We love the hook up of Paul Aguirre and Iggy Puglisi and they hook up with No. 1 Mahalo Arturo first off the claim and the stretchout to a 1-1/16. Jockey Bejarano sticks with No. 6 Thesheetsguy who gets his first start off the claim and the win. 1-6

Race 4

30k maiden 3yo fillies go 5 -1/2 furlongs, No. 10 Cold Spring drops into this maiden claimer for this her second start and she exits a key race, we will take our shot with her. 10

Race 5

No. 2 Door’s Open fits at this level and he has won 3 of his 6 starts here, No. 3 Kafister exits the same race as Door’s Open and he has won 4 of his 6 starts here, toss his last effort. No. 4 May B exits our HTW list off a nice win here, he sports a big bullet work on the 13th for this. No. 6 Fly Boy Roy also exits the Door’s Open race and he won his only race here, Kent D gets on today. 2-3-4-6

Race 6

Maiden 4yo and up fillies and mares go a mile on the grass, No. 5 Mad Melinda showed good early speed in her one and only start at Del Mar going a 1-1/16 on the grass, she has been working with a purpose, No. 8 Onedewoman exits the same race, we will take our shot with these two. 5-8

Race 7

No. 3 Take Back Spring will find a fast early pace in this 7 furlong elongated sprint, she will run them all down at the wire. 3

Win and place 3

Race 8

THE 75K ASTRA AT 1-1/2 MILES ON THE GRASS

Sometimes in these marathons a horse will get on an easy lone lead and just keep going and that could happen with No. 3 Shysheisnot if not pressed, she sports a fast 5 furlong bullet work for this and she will be out winging it on the front end, if she backs up No. 5 Lady of Gold and No. 7 Lady Pimpernel look the two. 3-5-7

Exacta box 3-5-7

Race 9

20k maiden claimers go 5-1/2 furlongs in the last leg of the late pick four, No. 4 Chapo took some action in his one and only start for a price tag of 50k here last May, No. 11 Practical ran with straight maidens last out, his one race with 40k maiden claimers would crush these. 4-11

Pick four

6th 5-8

7th 3

8th 3-5-7

9th 4-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Country Scarlett gets her first start off the claim and she has a good last work since. Carson Sullivan gets back on No. 3 Star Image and he was on her for the maiden breaker. 2-3

Race 2

No. 2 Hidden Reality gets some needed class relief, No. 5 Halo Indygo is the stablemate of Hidden Reality and she ran an even race in her one and only start and can only move forward off of that race. 2-5

Race 3

No. 5 Aliza’s Dream moves to the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, this 8yo gelding will be hard to beat in this spot, No. 6 Native Treasure will be right there with the drop to this level. 5-6

Race 4

No. 6 Eternal Flame ran a better than looked 4th in his one race when fanned wide turning for home, look for a big effort today, he will try and beat No. 7 Lucky Tomorrow who was 1/4 of a length in front of him last out and he will be overbet. 6-7

Exacta box 6-7 and win and place 6

Race 5

Bob Baffert makes a rare ship to the Gate with No. 1 Pearl Spectre as this one comes off a long layoff and had been running over the pond on the synthetic surface, Baze gets the call. Sadler another who rarely ships in here sends out No. 4 Jedi Mind Trick who is looking for his third straight win on the synthetic surface. 1-4

Pick five

1st 2-3

2nd 2-5

3rd 5-6

4th 6-7

5th 1-4

Race 6

Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer hook up with first-time starter No. 2 Lighten the World who is very live, Hollendorfer also sends out No. 3 Minks Aprise who will be a very short price off his narrow loss in her first start. 2-3

Race 7

No. 1 Highly Rated dropped and got the win last out and now moves back up off the claim, No. 4 Stay Positive will try and run her down as will No. 5 Bella Angelina. 1-4-5

Race 8

No. 2 Slide Away comes to town off a no effort going down the hill at Santa Anita in his one start, he may like it here, No. 7 Ain’t Tellin’ drops in class, has big early speed and gets Baze. 2-7

Race 9

No. 1 Bershinsky was well bet in his one start going 5 furlongs and now he will be sent a mile, No. 8 Peppered Sky has been a mile four straight races with little success, this trainer can pop at a big price and there is little to beat in here, we will be using. 1-8

.20 cent pick six

4th 6-7

5th 1-4

6th 2-3

7th 1-4-5

8th 2-7

9th 1-8

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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