Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

We start this huge eleven race card with a $16k claimer, this could be a wake up call for No. 7 Congregationalist who gets a huge jockey switch to Nakatani and the price will be right. No. 9 Sheer Talent will get a good trip from this post, he just missed in his first try at this $16k level last out. 7-9

Race 2

$50k maiden 3yo travel 6 furlongs. We will take our shot in here and single No. 10 Tizapalooza who gets off the grass and drops in with maiden claimers for the first time and he also gets his first taste of dirt.

10

Race 3

Maiden 3yo fillies go down the hill. Tom Proctor sends out No. 4 Emyvale Court who just missed at 22/1 in her first start and it was down the hill, Proctor also sends out second time starter No. 8 By the Shore who is out of the dam Dynashore who has dropped five winners and four of those have won on the grass, Stevens sticks. 4-8

Race 4

Maiden 3yo fillies go 6-1/2 furlongs on the dirt. No. 2 Cafetiere took some action in her first start, she was squeezed off at the start and lost all shot but still finished 4th in a 12 horse field, she is a runner. No. 5 Never Ends has finished second in both of her starts and now Bejarano will try his hand for Hollendorfer. No. 8 Miss Bliss was sent off the favorite in her one start going down the hill back in January, that race ended up as a key race and she is a must use. Elvis Trujillo who rode Cafetiere in both of her starts opts for the other Hollendorfer runner No. 9 Miss Centerfold who also has finished second in both of her starts and her last race ended up a key race, she will be our play. 2-5-8-9**

Key exacta box 9 with 2-5-8 and win and place 9

Race 5

No. 10 Pulling G’s gets his third start here at Santa Anita, he has been bet like Seattle Slew in his first two starts, he broke slow in his last at 6/5 and never got into the race, we will give him one more shot. No. 6 Cautious Giant can launch late if he gets the right pace up front and the price will make him a play. 6-10

Race 6

The one time No. 2 Kyriaki won was going a 1-1/8 on the grass and she gets back to that today and the good turf jock Brice Blanc gets the call. Mike Smith gets on the Irish invader No. 4 Circling for Neil Drysdale, this filly looks very live. No. 11 Feline Forum is a win or nothing mare as she has 3 wins form her 10 starts with no second or thirds, she is in good form and cold pop at a price. 2-4-11

Race 7

THE GRADE II SAN FELIPE

(WORTH 50 KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS TO THE WINNER)

No. 2 Ocho Ocho Ocho makes his 3yo debut, he is very fast and will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 3 Dortmund is one of two in here for Baffert, the other No. 1 Lord Nelson. Dortmund is one of the favorites to win this year’s Kentucky Derby and will be very hard to beat off of that 7 furlong work, he is looking for his fifth straight win, bet him to cash. No. 7 Bolo exits our HTW list and will get his first try on the dirt. 3

Race 8

THE CHINA DOLL

The go a flat mile on the grass in the China Doll. No. 5 Curlin’s Fox was sent off at .60 cents on the dollar in her first start going down the hill, she got there with a six wide move and could be this good. No. 6 Lutine Belle is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race, she has a nice last work for this. No. 7 Spirit of Xian exits our HTW list off a solid 3rd first in the county despite trouble, she will like going longer today. No. 8 Bobbi Grace exits the same race as Xian, she finished second behind No. 2 She’s a Big Winner. No. 10 Jaded Glory is the stablemate of Bobbi, she will be the one to fear late. After all is said and done we will take our shot with No. 8 Bobbi Grace. 8

Race 9

THE GRADE II SAN CARLOS

The very fast No. 1 Chitu will take on the fast improving No. 4 Conquest Two Step who came within a neck of beating Shared Belief, we think it will be one of these two that wins this race. 1-4

Race 10

THE GRADE I FRANK E KILROE MILE ON THE GRASS

No. 3 Winning Prize won this race wire-to-wire last year but then went off form and took time off, he comes back and looks ready to run. No. 8 Summer Front ran big in the BC Mile here and looks the one to beat. The two big race riders Mike Smith and Gary Stevens both have live rides in here as Gary gets on No. 9 Home Run Kitten who will be launching late and big race Mike gets re-rides No. 11 Za Approval. 

3-8-9-11

Race 11

GRADE I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP FOR $1 MILLION DOLLARS

No one has left the building, they will be on their feet for this one. It will be all about No. 5 Shared Belief who has won 9 of his 10 starts and there just doesn’t look like there is anyone in here who can beat him if he has his trip. 5

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

Baze and Martin hook back up with No. 2 Lucky to Stay home who comes back to town after a 3rd place finish at Santa Anita. No. 3 Daugava drops back to a better level and is on a win every other race pattern. No. 4 Jalapenobusiness gets the move up in this her first off the Morey claim. 2-3-4

Race 2

This is one ugly race when the best horse No. 6 Dos Eqkeys is 0-19 here, we will hit the all button or pass. 

Race 3

No. 1 Holiday Maker gets the big jump in class off the Lucarelli claim, he comes to town off a two race win streak at Santa Anita. No. 4 Light One is the filly to beat. 1-4

Race 4

No. 4 Kingsbury will find a fast early pace, he gets a big move up in class and the price will be right, the same can be said about No. 5 Charisma Code. 4-5

Race 5

No. 3 Bardy gets a turn back to a flat mile, he will get a fast pace to run at and looks all the winner in here. No. 6 Foolhardy exits the same race. 3-6

Exacta box 3-6 and win and place 3

Race 6

Dennis Carr gets his shot on No. 2 High Greeley who has been right there in his last three starts. No. 3 Here Comes the Sun gets Baze and he has finished second in his last two starts beating High Greely both times. 2-3

Double 

5th 3-6

6th 2-3

Race 7

No. 5 Handfull is the speed and is looking for the hat trick. If she gets any pressure No. 1 Runfasterelse or No. 3 Melanie Rose can run her down. 1-3-5

Race 8

No. 3 Global Warming gets a turn back in distance and will find a fast early pace to make her late run. If No. 5 Tizfit can sit chilly off the hot pace she gets the win. 3-5

Race 9

No. 3 Mr. Tenacious was pressed hard in his first start but held well till mid-stretch, if able to clear he will be gone today. No. 7 Kentuckian is a fast working first time starter. We look for better from second time starter No. 8 Double Switch who exits a key race. 3-7-8

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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].

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