Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Miss Midnight Brew is a Mike Pegram homebred by his stallion Midnight Lute. Baffert hits at around .32% with his first time maiden claimers. No. 4 Prettypreciousheir gets her first start off the John Sadler claim and some good works, she will try and take them wire-to-wire. 3-4

Race 2

Since we just don’t like any of the ones that have run in this race we will opt for first time starter No. 2 Spirited Jacob out of the Peter Miller barn, this one is very live. 2

Race 3

No. 2 Sheer Talent lost at even money in his last start and now gets his first try off the Kristen Mulhall claim. No. 3 Presiding Justice gets the hard trying Santiago Gonzalez in the irons, he will be tough to hold off late. 2-3

Race 4

No. 2 Badasmywifeletsmeb drops and exits a key race. He will be part of the early speed along with No. 7 Smart Journey. If the race falls apart No. 4 Misdeed will be coming late and could pick up all the pieces.

2-4-7

Race 5

No. 1 Accelerant gets Pedroza in the irons and the one time he was on this gelding he got the win and it was at this distance and level. No. 4 Old Man Lake got the win off the layoff and now gets the move up in class. No. 8 Valley Cat has hit the board in 9 of his 10 starts here and is a must use. 1-4-8

Pick five

1st 3-4

2nd 2

3rd 2-3

4th 2-4-7

5th 1-4-8

Race 6

The go a 1-1/4 on the grass, No. 1 Street Maven finished second here at this distance on the grass last year. He has a nice last work for this and Tyler Baze who rode him last year in that race is back on today. No. 3 Wanstead Gardens finished a close 3rd in his last race and it was at this distance on the grass. 1-3

Race 7

No. 2 Chester B will find a fast early pace to make his late run. No. 3 Visitation could be the speed of the speed and gets a big jockey switch to Bejarano.  2-3

Race 8

No. 2 Bellamy Concerto lost by a nostril in his last race and now will try going down the hill again. He ran a good third down the hill one race back and that race ended up being a key race. No. 3 War Destiny has been working lights out and is bred for the trip. 2-3

Double 

7th 2-3

8th 2-3

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 5 Good Player is a first time starter in a very soft field. No. 6 Private Stevens is the best of the ones that have run. 5-6

Race 2

No. 2 Unbridled Bounty gets back to a sprint and jockey Terrero back on, he was on for the win three races back when sprinting. No. 5 Marynetta is in top form and the one to beat. 2-5

Race 3

In this mile turf race No. 1 Swing for Defense ran a close second with straight maidens here on the grass last year. No. 5 Rocker gets his second try on the grass and a drop to a better level. No. 6 My Charlie Boy ships in looking for softer and he has found it. 1-5-6

Race 4

We will use three first time starters in this $25k maiden claimer as none of the ones that have run can run. We will use No. 1 Feisty’s Cause, No. 4 Reasonable Pride and No. 5 Lucky Silverdollar. 1-4-5

Race 5

In this mile turf race No. 3 McBoomer and No. 4 Wink and Wish both exit the same race, McBoomer will try and turn the tables on Wink and Wish. No. 9 A Little Luckier has won 2 of her 4 here on the grass and gets a drop in class. 3-4-9

Race 6

No. 3 Photo Shopped has been stuck in second in his last four starts, Baze who lost on him last out by a nose will get the job done today. 3

Race 7

No. 3 Catzanova ran second on this grass course at this distance last year. No. 4 Flyinghailmary has been working at Santa Anita an comes here looking for the win first out of the box and he gets a top jock. No. 8 Kaepernicking also ships in, he is bred for the grass and gets his second start. 3-4-8

Double

6th 3

7th 3-4-8

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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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