Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 5 Vegas Bound could wake up with Tyler Baze getting the leg up and her win came here. The hot combo of Hector Palma and Felipe Valdez hook up with No. 6 Lovely Instinct who is the filly to beat.

5-6

Race 2

First time starter No. 2 Power Jam has been working a hole in the wind for Baffert and that last work here on the 8th was a pip! No. 3 Moe Candy is a first time starter out of the dam Spooky Minister who has dropped 4 winners from her 4 starters. Baffert also sends out No. 6 Wolf Man Rocket who also owns a big last work for this. 2-3-6

Double 

1st 5-6

2nd 2-3-6

Race 3

No. 2 Gallant Charm is seeking his level right now and just may have found it versus this group. No. 4 Broadcaster could get brave if able to clear early. 2-4

Race 4

Nakatani gets on dropper No. 4 Twenty Eleven who gets back to a sprint. No. 9 Inscription drops from straight maidens and gets the bug boy Boulanger. 4-9

Race 5

This is one tough 1-1/8 turf route. No. 1 Unusual Fleet is bred for this, he gets the cozy rail and Bejarano. No. 4 Deputy Heat who is another Unusual Heat in this race comes off a good maiden breaker and will get the right pace up front to make his last run. 1-4

Race 6

No. 1 Holiday Maker is spotted for a repeat win. No. 6 Where Is My Mind exits the same race and is the speed. 1-6

Race 7

Maiden 3yo fillies go down the hill. No. 2 Omorfi Kopella finished second in her one try down the hill and has a bullet work for this. No. 5 Boat Drinks exits our HTW list off a powerful run down the hill just missing by a neck. No. 8 Entrechat also exits our HTW list and she just missed by a neck in her one try down the hill. No. 7 Zip N Bayou exits the same race as Boat Drinks and gets a big break in the weights. No. 11 Ivana Beat Yabad also exits the race and she gets Stevens. 2-5**-7-8-11

Key exacta box 5 with 2-7-8-11

Race 8

THE GRADE II SANTA MARIA

No. 2 Thegirlinthatsong just won the Grade II LaCanada here at this same distance, we think she comes right back here to get the win and we will single in the picks. 2

Race 9

THE $75k SWEET LIFE GOING DOWN THE HILL

No. 2 Bobbi Grace comes off a nice win down the hill in her last start at even money and her last work has kept her on edge. No. 4 Havanna Belle is in from Ireland and looks like a runner. 2-4

Pick four

6th 1-6

7th 2-5-7-8-11

8th 2

9th 2-4

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Not much early zip in this 6 furlong sprint. No. 1 Can Can Babe fits the bill on the rail. No. 2 High Profit ships in off the $50k claim. No. 6 Seattle Firm exits the same race as Can Can and gets Baze. 1-2-6

Race 2

No. 2 For the People has really burned some cash in her ten race career but today could be the day. No. 3 The Wuggis may be the speed of the speed. 2-3

Race 3

No. 2 Hallie Jae has never run a bad race in her five starts. No. 3 Gale Creek exits the same race and she has run good in all three of her starts. 2-3

Race 4

No. 2 Shackleford Banks comes to town and lands in the barn of John Martin and gets the services of Russell the mussel. No. 5 Three Strike Rule just missed last out. No. 7 Here Comes the Sun is the stablemate of Shackleford and exits the same race as the Three Strike Rule. 2-5-7

Race 5

No. 1 Paseo Alegro gets another drop in class and will get the perfect setup going six furlongs today, look for this 8yo gelding to be flying late, we will single in the pick five. 1

Pick five

1st 1-2-6

2nd 2-3

3rd 2-3

4th 2-5-7

5th 1

Race 6

No. 4 Affluent Asset looks to be ready for the win in start number 3, jockey Van Dyke is in town for the Grade III El Camino Real in the next race and he rides No. 8 Passinaflash for O’Neill, this one is very live. 4-8

Race 7

THE GRADE III CAMINO REAL DERBY (WORTH 10 KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS)

Trainer Dale Romans makes a very rare or for the first time ship in to the Gate with No. 2 Indianaughty and he also brings in jockey Corey Lanerie, we will be using. Van Dyke and O’Neill hook up with No. 4 Ernest Shackleton who comes off a good turf win at Santa Anita. No. 5 Cross the Line has really gotten good since being sent long and comes off a real big win here in the Cal Derby when beating No. 7 Soul Driver and No. 8 Stand and Salute. Jockey Mike Smith comes to town and gets on the Mark Casse colt No. 9 Conquest Typhoon who won his last start at the November Del Mar meet in the Grade III Cecil B DeMile. When all is said and done will we be using the 2 and 9

Race 8

Van Dyke sticks around to ride No. 2 He’s On His Toes for Hollendorfer who brings this one back to town from Santa Anita where he went down the hill in his last start. Jerry also sends out No. 3 Thunder Rode off a troubled last race. No. 6 Already Rockin just missed at this trip in his last start. 2-3-6

Race 9

No. 2 Seeking the Stitch drops and gets Ricardo Gonzalez back aboard, he ran is best race with Gonzo riding three races back. No. 6 Uncle Dick is the speed with the bug boy Sullivan. 2-6

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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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