Saber’s Horse Selections

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DEL MAR

Race 1

We start this huge 11 race card with maidens going 6-1/2 furlongs on the dirt. No. 2 Skelton Pass exits our HTW list off the $62,500 John Sadler claim and that is some big bucks to put up for a maiden but he came back on the 18th and worked a bullet. Trainer Bob Baffert sends out two runners but his main man gets on first time starter No. 4 Dream Team who is out of the dam Pretty’n Smart who has dropped 6 winners from 6 starters including 3 stakes winners and his gun is loaded with bullets. No. 6 Colonial Power missed by a neck here at this distance on July 26th and now gets Bejarano. 2-4-6

Race 2

No. 8 Sea Preacher and No. 9 Knock Em Flat will both be winging it on the front end and if they hook up it will set this one up for either No. 5 I Don’t Care Who who will be falling into a good stalking spot and No. 4 Ranulf first off the Mullins claim. 4-5-8-9

Race 3

Maidens go 1-1/16 on the grass and Gary Stevens gets on the second time starter No. 2 Another House for Tom Proctor. No. 5 Dylan Ward gets his second start off the layoff and he will be motoring late. No. 7 Unusually Big hated the slop last time out and will be a main factor with the move back to the grass. 

2-5-7

Race 4

THE GRADE II PAT O’BRIEN 

No. 1 Turnover is another who did not like the sloppy track last out, Baffert moves him way up in class. No. 2 Appealing Tale is in tip top form and comes off a near miss in the Grade II San Diego. No. 3 Wild Dude looks the one to beat off his Grade I win in the Bing Crosby. If No. 5 Kobe’s Back can break sharp he can win. 1-2-3-5

Race 5

No. 2 Perfect Set showed he can rate in his last start at this level and he will need those tactics in this race. No. 4 Henry’s Holiday becomes claim proof off the Ted West $50k claim and he sends him a flat mile a distance he will love. 2-4

Race 6

No. 3 Poshsky exits our HTW list off a neck loss last out here on the grass, Graham gets a rare ride for Peter Miller and he will be all out for the win. Rosario is in town and he gets the call on No. 5 Procurement second off the layoff for Proctor, and he worked over this turf course two times. No. 6 Boyett has the speed and Bejarano has taken him wire-to-wire in the past. 3-5-6

Race 7

Rosario gets on No. 1 Tiz a Tommy Town the one to beat. No. 5 Fabulous Lady exits a key race and gets her second start, she had trouble in her first and will go better today at a fair price. 1-5

Race 8

THE GRADE II DEL MAR HANDICAP

Like the fact that trainer papa Mandella has put 3 straight mile works into No. 2 Ganesh, he is fit and ready. No. 4 Big John B won this race last year for fun…2-4

Race 9

THE GRADE I ONE MILLION DOLLAR TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC

Baffert says no Pharoah but sends out No. 3 Bayern the speed and No. 8 Hoppertunity to take on the classy mare No. 9 Beholder who makes her first start vs. the boys and first going his long. This will make her big time if she can pull it off. 3-8-9

Pick three

7th 1-5

8th 2-4

9th 3-8-9

Race 10

They go 5 furlongs on the grass, No. 8 Roy H exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play. We will single in the pick four. 8

Win 8

Race 11

$32k claimers travel 6 furlongs and we have a field loaded with early speed. No. 4 Saint Prado gets the move up off the Gary Stute claim and he will sit and make a late run and that last work was a pip. No. 7 Buckleberry Grey has been a new horse since coming off the layoff and being gelded. No. 8 Second Proposal gets the big hike up the class ladder off a huge win here on the 6th, he may be able to stand the hike and he will be making a big late run. Kent D hangs around and that is always a good sign and he rides No. 10 Kafister who will get a perfect trip. 4-7-8-10

Double 

10th 8

11th 4-7-8-10

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 GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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