Saber’s Horse Selections

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DEL MAR

Race 1

Flavien Prat who is having a great meet gets on dropper No. 6 Fashioned Gem who also gets off the grass. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez also is having a bang up meet, he gets on the first-time starter No. 8 Lynn’s Chancie who looks live off of that last work here on the 19th. 6-8

Race 2

No. 2 Chief of Staff gets back to the surface and level of his good second one race back. No. 3 Missing Groom comes off a near miss at this level in his last start and he is the stablemate of the Chief of Staff. 2-3

Race 3

No. 2 Oh Mercy Me comes off a game second and gets his second start for Miyadi he also exits our HTW list, No. 3 Carlos Dangerous drops in with maiden claimers and gets Bejarano in what looks to be the money run. 2-3

Exacta box 2-3

Race 4

No. 1 Beast of Bourbon sneaks into a live spot and will be a good price as he gets back on his best surface, No. 4 Tribal Tribute gets his first start off the Mike Puype claim, this gelding has never been worse than second in his five turf routes at this distance and he gets the good turf jock Nakatani today. No. 8 Sizzlin’ Joe gets his first off the Hollendorfer claim and Prat gets the call. 1-4-8

Double 

3rd 2-3

4th 1-4-8

Race 5

No. 3 Pure Thunder is in from Golden Gate and those runners have been doing well here, he will sit off a fast early pace, No. 5 Win Quietly ships for the ship and win bonus cash, he looks live. No. 7 Pefiolo has been a popular item at the claim box and now makes his first start for Baltas who puts Bejarano in the irons. 3-5-7

Race 6

Bob Baffert looks to hold the aces in the Grade III Cougar with No. 2 Cat Burglar and No. 3 Sky Kingdom, if those two fold No. 1 Lideris could be making a big late run. 1-2-3

Race 7

They go 1-3/8 on the grass, No. 3 Bench Light ran second here last year at this distance on the grass in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap, No. 8 Wicked Finance comes off a good try going 1-1/4 on the grass. 3-8

Race 8

Full field of 20k maiden fillies and mares going 5-1/2 furlongs, there looks to be a very fast early-pace so we will look for someone who will sit off the hot pace and run them down late, No. 7 Let the Girl Go fits the bill perfectly and we will single. 7

Win and place 7

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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