Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

The Bob Baffert stable is starting to heat up and Baffert sends out No. 2 Enchanted Fortune who gets a turn back to a sprint, No. 5 Explicable comes off the layoff but did run good in her one and only start at Del Mar last August when going off as the 5/2 chalk. 2-5

Race 2

No. 2 Midnight Lady stretches out and gets Bejarano and a drop in class, No. 3 Alice Roadtrain gets off the grass and drops to a level that will make her early speed dangerous. 2-3

Race 3

No. 1 Big Break ran an improved race in her last start, she gets a little drop in class and a big time jockey switch off a good work and she will find a very fast early pace to make her last run. No. 5 Lotta Attitude is 1 for 1 here on the dirt, if able to sit right off the hot pace she will have a big shot. 1-5

Race 4

No. 1 Rough Passage never ran a step in his first with winners but has worked very well since and now will try the grass, No. 2 Opsec got the win last out at this distance on the grass and looks tough right back. No. 5 Lucky J Lane looked good winning last out on this grass course and is the one to beat. 1-2-5**

Race 5

In the last leg of the players pick five we get 20k maiden claimers going 1-1/16, No. 1 Starzilla ran his best race when dropped to this level last out, he will be the speed on the rail and playing catch me if you can, No. 6 Swing for Defence exits the same race and gets a huge jockey upgrade, he will be trying to run down Starzilla down the lane. 1-6

Players pick five

1st 2-5

2nd 2-3

3rd 1-5

4th 1-2-5

5th 1-6

Race 6

Maiden fillies and mares 4yo and up go down the hill, early speed has been the name of the game in these downhill turf races, No. 4 Gouyen gets back to reality after running in a 200k race, she has been well bet when running with maidens and she will show all of her early speed today, No. 11 Mad Melinda will try sprinting in this her third lifetime start and Bejarano will have her perfectly spotted turning for home. 4-11

Race 7

No. 4 Jackson Sundown gets off the grass and back to dirt where he won one race back with Bejarano riding and he gets back on board today, No. 5 American Act has been claimed out of his last two starts and now will get her first try for Pender who sends him long. No. 7 Rainbow North took a little rest off the claim but it’s a good sign he moves up in class and has some good works since his last start. 4-5-7

Race 8

THE 75K BAFFLE STAKES GOING DOWN THE HILL

No. 2 Bench Warrant won in his only try down the hill, No. 4 Serbian Syclone is very fast and will try and take them wire-to-wire in this his first try on the grass. No. 9 No Problem gets his first try on the grass, he gets a good post for this and will fall into the perfect stalking position. 2-4-9

Race 9

No. 5 Gold Journey ran her best race here back in October, No. 7 Behest looks live at first asking for D’Amato. 5-7

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Baze jumps on No. 1 Trappers Magic, No. 3 Awesome Lookn has been on a roll and is looking for the hat trick today. 1-3

Race 2

No. 1 Sudden Sunday has 3 wins and 3 seconds from her 6 starts here, she will try and turn the tables on No. 4 Tim’s Go Girl who beat her last out and is looking for her fifth straight win. 1-4

Race 3

No. 2 Look Quickly knows where the finish line is as she won her last race by a neck and the previous by a nose, and she has 5 wins and 2 seconds from her 7 starts here and has never been worse than second in her 9 starts, No. 3 Tabled With Gold is the one to fear late. 2-3

Race 4

No. 3 Ante a Penny will find the right pace to get the win today as she will try and run down No. 1 America’s Promise and No. 2 Mojave Desert. 1-2-3

Race 5

No. 2 On Fiya is a money burner and she will be short again and we will try and beat her using No. 3 La Fiera who just broke her maiden. 2-3

Race 6

No. 2 Dayjur Hooq is on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race, No. 5 Sunrise Legacy is in top form and was unlucky to lose last out. 2-5

Race 7

No. 6 Jack Diz ships in and lands in the barn of Steve Sherman and gets Baze in the irons and the big drop in class, he gets the maiden breaker today. 6

Race 8

No. 3 Rosarita took them wire-to-wire first out of the box and is the speed of the speed today, No. 1 Purims Faith will try and run her down. 1-3

Race 9

No. 1 Badwater has found his level and is sitting on the win, No. 8 Sonora Pass gets a needed drop and looks the main danger. 1-8

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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] ingToday.com.

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