Saber’s Horse Selections

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Race 1

No. 3 Zendai drops in with maiden claimers for the first time and gets back on the dirt after a failed attempt on the grass. No. 4 Magic Moon also will try maiden claimers in this his third start for Baffert. 

3-4

Race 2

No. 2 Golds Venice drops in with $20k maiden claimers and did run his best race here going a mile on the dirt for a $75k price tag last October. It looks like trainer Peter Miller is going for broke here, we will single. 2

Race 3

No. 1 Out of Patience gets his second start on this circuit and will like this 7 furlong distance. No. 6 Chief Lion gets a big drop in class off the layoff and is a must use. No. 7 Celebrity Status drops second off the Ron Ellis claim and he hits at almost 40% with this move. 1-6-7

Race 4

Talking about Ron Ellis, he sends out two runners in this race with No. 1 Tulira Castle who just crushed $25k company at Del Mar and is now in for a $20k price tag. He also sends out No. 4 Life Is a Joy who looks on the uptick. No. 7 Luckbox Sam gets back to the spot of his last win. 1-4-7

Race 5

Maidens go 1-1/8 on the grass. No. 2 Paythebank just missed here going a mile on the grass last May but has not run back to that race. No. 6 Big Discovery has hit the board in all six of his starts and has run good here on the grass, he looks the one to beat but failed at 6/5 last out. No. 7 Broken Up gets his third start for papa Mandella, he missed by a nostril at the Gate and has a nice last work for this. 2-6-7

Race 6

Maiden 2yo fillies go a flat mile on the dirt No. 3 Exactamente comes out of the Juvenile turf at Del Mar and now gets back on the dirt and back with maidens. No. 6 Structure ran a better than looked race first out and will love this mile distance and she also exits our HTW list as a $$$ play. No. 7 Bellamentary also ran good in her first start going 5-1/2 furlongs at Del Mar, distance will be no problem. No. 8 Shakti ran second at this distance last out. 3-6-7-8

Key exacta box 6 with 3-7-8

Race 7

No. 1 Lost Bus ran a good 4th going 5-1/2 furlongs on the grass at Saratoga for Wesley Ward. She now lands in the barn of the capable Blake Heap and gets Kent D as they go down the hill. No. 5 Madam Aamoura finally got the maiden breaker in start number 13 when destroying her field by more than five lengths, when the light goes off look out. No. 9 Queenofthepalace gets a turn back in distance and a great post. No. 10 Glory gets her second off the layoff and first on the grass for Mike Smith and Hollendorfer. 1-5-9-10

Race 8

No. 3 Public House looks the best closer in this 5-1/2 furlong dirt sprint. She exits a race in which she won and the filly who finished 3rd also came back to win next out. We will single in the late pick four. 3

Pick four 

5th 2-6-7

6th 3-6-7-8

7th 1-5-9-10

8th 3

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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. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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