Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Blooming Hannah gets another drop in class and will try and go wire-to-wire. Van Dyke gets on the Tom Proctor first-time starter No. 6 Herecomeskat. 2-6

Race 2

No. 2 Royal Temptress just missed by a dwindling head in her last start down the hill. No. 1 Mark of a Gem comes off the layoff but has some big early speed and will find herself on the front end, she could get real brave. 1-2

Race 3

No. 2 Miss Centerfold exits a key race in which she finished second after hopping at the start. No. 5 Never Ends is the stablemate of Miss Centerfold, she gets her second start off a nice second first out of the box. No. 8 Wild At Heart exits our HTW list, she was well bet in her first start and has worked well since. 2-5-8

Exacta box 2-5-8

Race 4

Speed, speed and more speed in this optional claimer, No. 5 Radiant Journey has proven in the past that she can come off the pace and that downhill sprint in her last start will have her set for a big effort today, we will single. 5

Double

3rd 2-5-8

4th 5

Race 5

Maiden 3yo fillies go down the hill, No. 2 Scandal was put on the grass going a mile in her second start at Del Mar back in November, she was a fast closing third and just may take to this trip, No. 3 Redheads Rule just missed going down the hill in her last start. No. 5 Conquest Artura ran a good one when splitting the field in the Grade III Jimmy Durante at Del Mar in November, she has a bullet work for this. No. 10 Show Stealer ran right behind Redheads Rule last out in her first try on the grass. 2-3-5-10

Players pick five

1st 2-6

2nd 1-2

3rd 2-5-8

4th 5

5th 2-3-5-10

Race 6

Trainer Hector Palma is having a great meet and he sends out No. 7 Raspberry Ala Mode who gets back to a sprint, this one is very live, No. 8 Night Badger comes off a good second at this level. 7-8

Race 7

No. 3 Luckarack looks to wake up in this spot after going down the hill with tougher in his last three races, he finds a field with a ton of early speed, look for him to be flying late. No. 5 Valdirone has won at this 5-1/2 furlong distance and has the ability to sit chilly off the hot pace. No. 6 Rolo Tamaci won at odds on in his last start at Los Al, he has a nice last work. No. 8 Frensham comes back to earth after meeting Grade I company in the Malibu. No. 10 Sir Barclay likes this distance and is a must use. 3-5-6-8-10

Race 8

THE 75K WISHING WELL 

No. 3 Sky Treasure was flying home in her last start down the hill in the Grade II Monrovia, bet her to cash, No. 5 Fanticola just missed winning this race last year and she comes off a big win in the Megahertz in her last start. No. 9 Birdlover gets a good draw for this, she will be right on the early pace and she has a win and two seconds from three starts down the hill. 3-5-9

Exacta box 3-5-9 and win and place 9

Race 9

No. 1 Molten Image comes off a long layoff after trouncing his opposition first out of the box here almost two years ago, he has been working a hole in the wind, No. 4 This Time I Win just broke his maiden here in fine fashion. No. 10 Sum Midnight Star blasted home to win by almost 7 lengths and now becomes claimproof. 1-4-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Really don’t think any of these can win this race but someone will, No. 2 Kuuipo has some big early speed but will need to deal with No. 4 Southern Owah who ships in from Los Al, these two could circle the field together. 2-4

Race 2

No. 1 Unusual Don ran his best race last out and now gets another drop in class, No. 4 We Believe gets a big drop in class seeking his level. No. 6 Princess Ofst.jude ran her best race when dropped to this level last out and now she tests the boys. 1-4-6

Race 3

No. 3 Contessa B. and No. 4 Siberian Winter are the speed here in a race with little front speed, we will use both. 3-4

Race 4

No. 2 Sandor drops and gets Baze back. No. 3 Mr. Make Believe looks to have found his correct level and the horse he beat last time out came back to score. 2-3

Race 5

No. 2 Himalaya Star has been claimed the last two times and now moves into the barn of the high percentage Andy Mathis, we will single in the picks. 

Win and place 2

Race 6

No. 3 Havoc drops back to the level of his last win, No. 4 Morally Bankrupt gets a big drop in class. 3-4

Race 7

No. 2 Ballerina Headline is a first-time starter with a big bullet work for this. No. 7 Dolly is another first-time starter working very fast. 2-7

Race 8

No. 3 Fly Boy Roy ships in from Santa Anita off a nice win, No. 5 A Toast to You gets back on the synthetic surface after going 5 furlongs on the grass. 3-5

Race 9

No. 1 Sarahline has run well in all five of her starts, No. 6 Papercoversrock looked the winner last out but was run down late. 1-6

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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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