Saber’s Horse Selections

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RACE 1

No. 1 Roo’s Valentine showed big early speed when finishing a neck behind No. 3 Hurricaine Callie at Del Mar when the two battled tooth and nail the entire trip, Roo has the best last work of the two. 1-3

Race 2

No. 6 Formally Wild is the speed of the speed in here and he will try and hold off the late run of No. 5 Top Drawer and No. 7 Cougar Country who exits the same race as Formally Wild. 5-6-7

Double

1st 1-3

2nd 5-6-7

Race 3

No. 3 Pat the Bear is back at his favorite track where he has won 3 of 5 starts. No. 5 A Colt Following drops into a good spot. 3-5

Race 4

No. 2 Street Vision showed some spark in his one start at Del Mar and he gets Bejarano today, Gary Stevens gets a rare ride for Baffert on the 650k purchase first-time starter No. 3 Mor Spirit. Baffert’s go to rider Martin Garcia gets on first-time starter No. 8 Student Body Left who just may be the one. 2-3-8

Race 5

No. 5 Husband’s Folly gets a drops in class and Bejarano says he will ride today, No. 7 Back to Bako is a three time winner here on this course and will be a nice price play. 5-7

Race 6

No. 1 Ashleyluvssugar has been facing better and is the one to beat, he will get a great rail trip, No. 2 Danas Best ran two better than looked races at Del Mar and could surprise. No. 5 Texas Ryano exits our HTW list off a big win and looks to be getting better with every start and that last work has kept him on edge. No. 9 Kulik Lodge also exits our HTW list, he was best in the Del Mar mile but trouble cost him. 1-2-5-9

Race 7

No. 2 Distinctive B will sit right off the pace and pounce down the lane, No. 3 Sir Samson and No. 4 Skelton Pass will be the ones to catch. 2-3-4

Race 8

THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE

No. 1 Poshsky moved a little too quick in his last start and James Graham will be a little more patient this time around, No. 6 Talco is in top form and the one to beat off his good second in the Del Mar Handicap a race in which No. 7 Avanzare won. 1-6-7

Race 9

30k maiden 2yo travel a flat mile, No. 4 Sugar Buzz exits our HTW list, he was well bet in his first start and now gets the stretchout off the claim and Bejarano will ride, No. 6 Afleet Domination exits two straight maiden races both going a mile, one on the grass and one on the dirt. 4-6

Double

8th 1-6-7

9th 4-6

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 2 Lady Lionheart is in good from and the slight drop could get her home on top, No. 3 Beautiful Desert could find herself on the front end today. 2-3

Race 2

2yo maidens go a mile on the grass, we will go with two that are coming in from Del Mar, No. 1 Captain Akers and No. 4 Twisted Earl, after them this one is up for grabs. 1-4

Race 3

No. 5 Yur Teasing Me gets off the grass and drops trying to score, No. 6 Walk With An Angel exits the same race as does No. 7 Quick Navigator. 5-6-7

Exacta and tri box 5-6-7

Race 4

No. 2 Synnin gets his first start off the Martin claim and Baze gets on. No. 4 Curly Boy just missed last out and exits the same race as Synnin. 2-4

Race 5

No. 2 Kakini woke up last out when getting back to the Gate, No. 4 Colorado Strong comes off an easy win when shipping here from Del Mar. 2-4

Race 6

They go five furlongs on the grass, No. 1 Sunday Pulpit has the rail and speed, he finished second here the one time he ran this course, Richard Mandella sends out first-time starter No. 6 Chasing Kings and puts Baze on board. 1-6

Race 7

No. 7 Analysis Paralysis gets her first start off the Martin 50k claim, he brings her here from Del Mar and puts her in this 16k maiden claimer, he does not like what he bought and will try and cut his losses, No. 8 Katsfashion also ships in and is perfectly spotted. 7-8

Race 8

No. 1 Miss Forty Niner has run on this turf course four times with 2 wins and 2 thirds, No. 2 French Alps is a 3 time winner on this course from 5 starts and she is looking for her third straight win and 14th out of 23 starts. 1-2

Race 9

No. 5 Mitzi G drops off the Morey claim but gets a good jock and was well bet in her one start, No. 10 Sidepocket Bet ships in from Del Mar and lands in the Steve Sherman barn, he drops her and puts Baze on. 5-10

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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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