Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 2 Afleet in Time gets off the grass and back to dirt with Kent D getting the call. No. 5 Empowering Force has the force here with the hot connections of Felipe Valdez and the hot training Hector Palma.

2-5

Race 2

No. 4 Grammy Times Six is a great hunch play especially as we see Bejarano riding for Eddie Truman who has won with 4 of his 9 starters at the meet. No. 6 Warren’s Dixi Bell finally will get a dry dirt track to show her stuff. 4-6

Double

1st 2-5

2nd 4-6

Race 3

No. 2 She Got Away could just do that today as she stretches out for the first time. No. 5 Powerful Girl has finished second in both of her starts at the meet and will be right there again today. No. 8 Coded Message was well bet in her one start finishing second. 2-5-8

Race 4

No. 3 Catch a Flight ran good in his first try in the states and has a fast work here on the 6th. No. 7 Thesheetguy exits our HTW, he was claimed for the third straight time and now runs for O’Neill. 

3-7

Race 5

No. 1 McHeat goes a mile on the grass in this his second start and he is bred for this. Trainer Carla Gaines puts her go to jock on No. 4 Air Nashoba off a very good work on the 5th. No. 9 Temple Keys gets Mike Smith riding for Tom Proctor. 1-4-9

Pick five

1st 2-5

2nd 4-6

3rd 2-5-8

4th 3-7

5th 1-4-9

Race 6

No. 6 Persuasive Paul gets back on the dirt after a big win on the grass, he won on the dirt three races back and has won 3 of 5 on the dirt. No. 7 Carlot Cowboy did not like the wet track last out but won here at this 1-1/16 distance on a dry track back in October. 6-7

Race 7

Down the hill they go, No. 7 Macho Sox ran a big race down the hill in his last start and Elivs fits. No. 8 Bernster gets his first taste of the grass and will love it. No. 9 Skylander is in top form and ran second in his one try down the hill. 7-8-9

Race 8

No. 5 Back Street Cat is a first time starter with the good connections of Tommy Town and Steven Miyadi. No. 6 Sparkling Peg is a first time starter out of the Hector Palma barn and he has won with some big prices on his first timers at the meet. No. 10 Ritzy Tags finished second when dropped to this level in her last start. 5-6-10

Pick four

5th 1-4-9

6th 6-7

7th 7-8-9

8th 5-6-10

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

We get a group of $8k starter allowance runners going 1-1/4 on the synthetic surface. The best we see in here is No. 5 Bardy who tried handicap turf runners at this distance one time, after him hit the all button.

5 (all)

Race 2

No. 2 Exotic Slew drops two classes and his trainer does well with this move. Hernandez gets back on and he won with this gelding the last time he was aboard. No. 4 Aliza’s Dream is in top form and Ricardo Gonzalez has been on fire especially when riding for Hollendorfer. 2-4

Exacta box 2-4

Race 3

No. 3 Chat With Me drops two classes and this is a good move for this trainer. No. 5 Forever a Fan also drops two classes and his trainer hits at 35% with this move. 3-5

Race 4

No. 1 Salute to Summer has finished second in her last three starts, maybe the stretchout to a mile will get the home on top. No. 7 Wild At Best drops big time after going off at 8/5 vs straight maidens, all is not well but Gonzo sticks. 1-7

Race 5

We will use two exiting the same race: No. 1 Danz With K J who finished a solid 4th and No. 3 Bluegrass Fox Trot who finished 3rd by 3/4 of a length. 1-3

Race 6

No. 1 Bornatthetrack gets off the grass and back to a sprint, he gets a needed drop in class and will f ind the right pace to get him home. 1

Win and place 1

Race 7

No. 1 Neversaynever may have been best in her last start but got fanned five wide into the lane, Baze gets on today and that will not happen. No. 2 Tribella exits the same race. 1-2

Race 8

No. 5 My Discretion drops after losing at .70 cents on the dollar and 9/5, Hernandez says he will give this 3yo gelding a shot. No. 7 Double Switch loses Hernandez who moves to My Discretion but gets the big break in the weights with Carson Sullivan getting the call, he also exits a key race. 5-7

Pick four

5th 1-3

6th 1

7th 1-2

8th 5-7

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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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