Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

It’s Santa Anita Derby day and the race course could be jacked up for some fast times so keep an eye out for a speed bias. In here No. 3 Hye I’m Jack drops in with maiden claimers for the first time and has some good early speed, his one race on the dirt can be tossed out. No. 6 He Will is a first time starter with an interesting work pattern, he gets Elvis. No. 2 Roper closed like a flash last time when showing improved early speed. No. 9 Cat From Iraq was bet like a good thing in his one and only start and finished a solid 3rd and he exits the same race as Roper. 3-9-2-6

Race 2

Kent D gets on first time starter No. 3 Entebbe who is out of the dam Whalah who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters. No. 5 Half Past Midnight is out of the dam My Tina who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters including a stakes winner, she beds down in the hot barn of Phil D’Amato. No. 7 Never Ends is one of two in here for Hollendorfer, this filly has finished second in all three of her starts here and lost at .80 cents on the dollar in her last, still she is the filly to beat. No. 9 Goose Bumps is another first time starter, she is out of the dam Shivering Fax who has dropped 8 winners from 9 starters and she beds down in the barn of Peter Miller. No. 10 Ultimate Holiday comes off the layoff, her one race on the dirt was a good one and her last work says she is on go. 3-5-7**-9-10

Race 3

THE $200K ECHO EDDIE

No. 1 Rocko’s Wheel came off the layoff and put it to them last time out and has a nice work since. No. 4 Richard’s Boy has big early speed and is looking to win his fourth straight race, he won going down the hill in his last start and on the dirt in his previous two. The one time Mike Smith was on No. 6 Chief of Staff he got the easy win, he is back on today. No. 7 Grazen Sky showed that he can run on or off the pace in his last start, he has hit the board in all four of his starts with two wins and two seconds. The hot training Baffert can never be counted out in these types of races and he sends out No. 9 Gimmie Da Lute who just broke his maiden at .70 cents on the dollar. 1-4-6-7-9***

Race 4

3yo fillies go 1-1/8 on the grass, No. 4 Mighty Souper ran a good one in her one race going down the hill, she is bred for the trip. No. 5 Scandal is the filly to beat off her huge second at this turf distance last time out. No. 11 Housemaker gets her second start in the states, she exits out HTW list and will have no problem getting the trip, she will need to get into a good position from her outside post but will have plenty of time. 4-5-11

Race 5

Lots of early zip in this mile race, if the track is playing fair it will set up for a horse off the hot pace. Trainer John Sadler claimed No. 9 American Blend for $75k and now brings him back 9 months later for a $40k price tag, he is the closer but very unclear to what he may be able to do. No. 3 Cautious Giant broke his maiden at 7 furlongs so he should like this mile distance on the dirt and he comes off a troubled trip. No. 4 Big Tire fits the bill and gets BejaraNo. No. 1 Anxious Times has good early speed by may not need the front end, we will be using. 1-3-4

Race 6

3yo go a mile on the grass in a loaded field. No. 2 Zinvor gets his second off the layoff and he broke his maiden at Del Mar going a mile on the grass, he will be our single of the day.

Win and place 2

Race 7

THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS

No. 1 Light the City and No. 6 Stellar Wind ran one two in the Grade III Santa Ysabel last out with Stellar Wind getting the best of Light the City. No. 3 Curlin’s Fox has been bet like Curlin in her first two starts both on the grass and she will now try the dirt. No. 5 Luminance has won both of her starts and now will move way up in class but Baffert is a master at this move. No. 7 Wild At Heart just lost to Luminance by a nose last time out, she worked in :58 flat here on March 27th. 1-3-5-6-7

Race 8

THE $1 MILLION GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY

No. 1 Dortmund is looking to go to the Kentucky Derby undefeated, he will be hard to deny. No. 4 Bolo finished a solid 3rd behind Dortmund in the San Felipe which was his first try on the dirt, he will need to move forward and he gets big race Mike Smith back in the irons. No. 5 Prospect Park finished a solid second behind Dortmund in the San Felipe, he will be the one to fear the most late. 1***-4-5

Race 9

THE GRADE III PROVIDENCIA 

No. 7 Frosty Friday exits out HTW list as a $$$$$ play of her scary good effort on the grass off the layoff. No. 8 Prize Exhibit who won her last start here also finished a fast closing 4th in the BC Juvenile Turf. No. 1 Lutine Belle is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. 1-7-8

Race 10

THE $200K EVENING JEWEL

No. 1 Long Hot Summer will try conventional dirt after two starts at Del Mar on the synthetic and his last on the grass off the layoff, his last work says ok on the dirt. No. 4 Ashley’s Sassy gets a major rider upgrade. 1-4

Race 11

THE $75K THUNDER ROAD

In this mile turf race No. 1 Quick Casablanca has been going marathon distance’s will now go a mile, he will be flying late. No. 4 Winning Prize exits a Grade I race and will go better today second off the layoff. Kent D sticks around for the last race and he gets on No. 7 Pure Tactics who will be on or near the front end. 1-4-7

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 French Alps is looking for her 4th straight win. No. 4 She’s Flush ships in and will try and stop the win streak. 2-4

Race 2

Baze got on No. 4 Flicker of Luck last time out and got the win, he is back. No. 6 Arrom Bear has good early speed and may like this 5 furlong turf sprint. 4-6

Race 3

No. 3 Sharp Hooq and No. 6 Diamond Man both just missed last out with Hooq 3rd by a neck right on the line with the Diamond Man who was second. 3-6

Race 4

No. 2 Compari ships in and gets a big drop in class. No. 5 Avare gets back on the grass and he won in his only grass start here. 2-5

Race 5

No. 2 New Nature has big early speed and will take some beating in this race. No. 7 Lucky to Stay Home will try and run her down late. 2-7

Race 6

No. 1 Nice’n Sunny has been on a roll and now will try the grass again. No. 3 Storm Fashion gets his first start off the Steve Sherman claim. No. 6 Eldorado Prado has his prep and looks ready for the score. 1-3-6

Win and place 6

Race 7

No. 4 St. Somewhere is a first time starter who has been working out at Santa Anita, she is very live. No. 7 Stormin Belle and No. 9 Guia look best of the ones that have run. 4-7-9

Race 8

No. 2 Seattle Firm has a win and a second from her two starts on the grass here at the Gate. No. 5 Midnight Miley has big early speed and may like it here. No. 10 Up to Speed is the stablemate of Miley, she will be the one to fear late. 2-5-10

Race 9

No. 4 Stood Up ran second in her first try on this circuit and now Baze gets the call. No. 9 Caymus Kat is in form and the one to beat. 4-9

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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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