Saber’s Horse Selections

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PRESIDENTS DAY

SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 1 Truelee Scrappin ran an improved race last out and has a shot at a piece at 12/1, No. 7 Nextdoorneighbor is in top form and gets a confident boost in class second off the Miller claim. No. 4 Sacred Ovation will be the speed with the drop back down to this level. No. 5 Justification won when at this level one race back. 1-4-5-7

Race 2

No. 1 Accelerant comes back to town after a trip to Turf Paradise to try the grass, No. 2 Dynamo Dixie comes off a nice win when stretched out last time out. No. 5 Valley Cat gets Rosario who is in town, he will be launching from the back. 1-2-5

Race 3

No. 2 Interject won for fun when breaking her maiden here last out at .80 cents on the dollar, No. 3 Fascinating lost her last race at .40 cents on the dollar and this filly has been a money burner her entire career, she was purchased for 1.3 million dollars. No. 8 Grandiose Tactics may be the overlay play. 2-3-8

Race 4

We will go singling here in the players pick five using No. 8 Practical who gets Kent D riding for Mike Pender off the layoff. 8

Race 5

No. 2 Spirit of Ten has been looking for a spot first off the Mark Glatt claim, she will be a nice price play here at 12/1 on the morning line, No. 3 Tangelo will be right there with these. No. 7 Warren’s Tricia R. goes long again and will be on the early pace. No. 8 Berts Melody went wire-to-wire in her first try going long and first on the grass. 2-3-7-8

Race 6

No. 9 Hidden Zensation drops trying to win for the Desormeaux connections. 9

Win and place 9

Race 7

No. 3 Diversy Harbor was very unlucky to have lost last out in the Grade III Bobby Frankel, no mistakes today, No. 6 Annecdote is in from Belmont for Clement. No. 1 La Tia is the speed and will be hard to run down. 1-3-6

Race 8

No. 7 Papas Cierva exits out HTW list off the big win and has the connections of Hector Palma and Valdez, No. 11 Kiss At Midnight won at first asking for Miller and now becomes claimproof. No. 12 Diamond Cut could surprise at 8/1. 7-11-12

Race 9

No. 11 Odin ran second going down the hill last out and is sitting on the win with Kent D getting the call, No. 8 Freddies Dream takes the blinkers off and exits a key race, he is the price play. 8-11

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 1 Puttybadshark and No. 5 Inside Scoop. 1-5

Race 2

No. 1 Great Decision and No. 4 Archie Graham. 1-4

Race 3

No. 1 Mr. Candy Bar**. 1

Race 4

No. 4 Cochinero and No. 6 Envahir as we try and beat the odds on Baze runner. 4-6

Race 5

No. 1 Agustina de Aragon and No. 2 McBoomer. 1-2

Race 6

No. 2 Guia and No. 7 Caymus Kat. 2-7

Race 7

No. 3 Giant Sandman (price play of the day) and No. 4 Exit Stage Left. 3-4

Race 8

No. 1 Up the Alley and No. 6 New Nature. 1-6

Race 9

No. 2 Hugsforhennyhall and No. 8 Vegas Luck. 2-8

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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